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Tue 18 Apr 2006

Where: Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall, Auckland Central

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Listed by: MorningStorm

After performing at the East Coast Blues & Roots Festival in Australia , Keb' Mo' will return to New Zealand for two concerts in Auckland and Wellington.

Just as McKinley Morganfield became Muddy Waters and Henry St. Clair Fredericks became Taj Mahal, Kevin Moore became Keb Mo once he got deep into the blues. Born and raised in Compton, at the age of 12 he began playing a guitar. As a teenager he also blew trumpet and French horn. In his first band, a calypso outfit, he also played upright bass and steel drums.

Keb Mo draws heavily on the old-fashioned country blues styles, but keeps his sound contemporary with touches of soul and folksy storytelling. The blues, he says, is my history, my culture. It's always been around me. I always wanted primarily not to be a blues guy, but a songwriter. But the blues gave me depth. 1990 found Moore portraying a Delta Bluesman in a local play called Rabbit Foot and later playing Robert Johnson in a Danny Glover hosted docudrama called Can't You Hear The Wind Howl. This theatre and film experience coupled with his songwriting background has resulted in numerous projects for Keb Mo including composing the original music for the play Thunder Knocking On The Door, film soundtracks including One Fine Day, Tin Cup, Mumford, Holes and All The Kings Men as well as Television acting and performing credits on Touched By An Angel and The Promised Land. He has composed original music for television series as varied as Martha Stewart Living and Freddie.

2004 was a busy year for Keb Mo; composing original material, producing and releasing 2 new recordings. Keep It Simple was self produced and earned him his third Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Later that year he followed up with a special record project called Peace: Back By Popular Demand which features covers of classic songs culled from the tumultuous 1960's peace and protest era. 2005 was a creatively diverse year for Keb Mo as he focused on songwriting (with the Dixie Chicks Hope Grammy nomination for Country song of the year), producing (the subdudes) and music for television and film (Freddie on WB Television, All The Kings Men and RV both films to be released in 2006).

As Keb Mo sums up: "With my songs, I hope to create a sense of community. This music is made so that people who come around it all kind of have something in common."

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