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Grammy-winning blues artists to collaborate for first time

COLLABORATION: Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’

TWO BLUES giants are set to converge their talents for the first time ever on an album of original songs and covers.

The release from TajMo, a historic collaboration between two generations of musical heroes, Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’, will feature cameos from Bonnie Raitt, Joe Walsh, Sheila E., Lizz Wright, and many more, with the album set to be released later this year.

While the two have known and influenced each other for decades and Taj played a key role in Keb’s first record deal, TajMo marks the first proper collaboration.

The album was self-produced by the duo and was recorded by Zach Allen, John Caldwell and Casey Wasner at Nashville’s Stu Stu Studio. The 11-song set includes covers of John Mayer and The Who, as well as six original songs.

“He’s a stellar human being, just a brilliant man,” Keb’ says of Taj, who first saw him play at a high school assembly.

“Making this record was a really big deal for me.”

“Keb’s really good at keeping the ball up in the air,” Taj said.

“He’s a hell of a guitar player, and I’m just amazed at some of the stuff that he put out there.”

Taj Mahal has been recording and performing his unmistakable blend of blues and world music for more than 50 years, winning multiple Grammys and collaborating with the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and more along the way.

Keb’ Mo’, who has often cited Taj as one of his musical heroes, is a three-time Grammy winner who has collaborated with everyone from Raitt to Jackson Browne and Buddy Guy.

The album is released on 16 June.

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