Kevin Roosevelt Moore (born October 3, 1951), known as Keb’ Mo’, is an American blues musician. He’s a singer, guitarist, songwriter, and four-time Grammy Award
Keb’ Mo’ has been described as :
“a living link to the seminal Delta blues that traveled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America”.
His post-modern blues style is influenced by many eras and genres, including folk, rock, jazz, pop, and country.
The moniker “Keb Mo” was coined by his original drummer, Quentin Dennard, and picked up by his record label as a “street talk” abbreviation of his given name.
Keb’ Mo’s Guitar:
Gibson Keb Mo Blues Master
Feel the music vibrate through your fingertips as you strum the Gibson Keb’ Mo’ Bluesmaster Guitar, an artist’s series model designed by James Goodall. Created as a tribute to one of the great modern era blues masters, this expertly crafted guitar offers vintage design blended with contemporary acoustic sound attributes.
A powerful mix of Hamer master craftsmanship and semi-hollow body tone and resonance. The Monaco III is the perfect fit for the player who wants a superior single-cutaway. The hand-carved solid spruce top is matched to a semi-hollow Honduran mahogany body for sweet, dense tone with a strong presence. The bound and set mahogany neck is 25-1/2″ scale length with a dovetail neck joint, rosewood fingerboard, and Victory mother-of-pearl inlays.
Keb’ Mo’ uses a 1954 strat. upon meeting him multiple times back stage he would jam on the strat he uses it only back stage and recording upon asking him why he keeps a strat back stage he said “I love this guitar a good strat like this one is reliable iv banged it up and theres not a dent it sounds great in the studio with some balancing but as you know single coils are a pain on stage.”https://amzn.to/2Gc3yfx
Keb’ Mo’s Equipment :
L.R. Baggs Venue DI Acoustic Guitar Preamp
LR Baggs created the Venue DI so you can travel light, set up fast and sound incredible anywhere you plug in.
Keb’ Mo’ Guitar Lessons:
Exploring The Guitar With Keb’ Mo’
DESCRIPTION: Keb’ Mo’ expertly accompanies his distinctively soulful songs with folk/blues fingerpicking, swampy slide licks, contemporary pop chords and a touch of jazz. The seven arrangements he teaches on this DVD are simple enough for early intermediate guitarists, but provide enough twists and turns to interest advanced musicians as well. With his easy-going humor and deep musical knowledge, Keb’ Mo’ makes it a joy to play along with this lesson. You’ll learn unusual chord shapes, a variety of tunings, bottleneck/slide technique, picking patterns and seven beautiful songs from his award-winning repertoire: Your Love, Life is Beautiful, I’ll Be Your Water, Every Morning, Eileen, Tell Everybody I Know and a bluesy slide arrangement of America the Beautiful. Keb’ s songs are accessible to most learning players.
The Blues Guitar of Keb’ Mo’
DESCRIPTION: Keb’ Mo’s lesson is aimed at players who want to get comfortable with the basics of traditional country blues and then go on to more contemporary blues-based tunes. Working in the key of E, Keb’ shows how turnarounds and harmonized scale passages can be the basis for developing fluid phrases in a Robert Johnson style blues tune.
Keb’ Mo’ Discography
If you’re just looking to soak up some of Keb’ Mo’ s tunes, you’ve got a lot to choose from. Here’s his discography, broken up by decade. Some albums are solo, and some with groups.
- Rainmaker: Released under the name “Kevin Moore”.
- Keb’ Mo’ (1994)
- Just Like You (1996)
- Slow Down (1998)
- The Door (2000)
- Sessions at West 54th: Recorded Live in New York (2000)
- Big Wide Grin (2001)
- Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Keb’ Mo’ (2003)
- Keep It Simple (2004)
- Peace… Back by Popular Demand (2004)
- Suitcase (2006)
- Live and Mo’ (2009)
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