Keb' Mo' Keeps New Album 'Simple'
Bluesman Keb' Mo' will release "Keep It Simple" on Feb. 10, his sixth recording for Sony's Epic Records.Bluesman Keb' Mo' will release "Keep It Simple" on Feb. 10, his sixth recording for Sony's Epic Records. Recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville, the artist's first self-produced set features guest appearances from Robert Cray and Robben Ford, and will be supported with an extensive North America tour.
Cray and Ford make an appearance on the song "Reily B. King," which is described as an homage to B.B. King. Other featured tracks include "Prosperity Blues," "France" and "One Friend."
A tour will launch Feb. 17 in Seattle. Thus far, Keb' Mo' has lined up 29 performances, including multi-night stays in Portland and Ann Arbor, Mich. More dates are expected.
In his short career, Keb' Mo' has already been the subject of a career retrospective, "Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Keb' Mo'" (OKkeh/Legacy). A tie-in to Scorsese's recent PBS series on the blues, the album entered Billboard's Heatseekers chart at No. 48 in October.
"Big Wide Grin," a 2001 covers set, peaked at No. 15 on the Heatseekers tally and has sold 98,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Here are Keb Mo's 2004 tour dates:
Feb. 17: Seattle (Moore Theater)
Feb. 18-19: Portland (Alladin Theater)
Feb. 20: Santa Rosa, Calif. (Luther Burbank)
Feb. 21: San Francisco (Filmore)
Feb. 22: Carmel, Calif. (Sunset Center)
Feb. 27: San Diego (4th & B)
Feb. 28: Los Angeles (House of Blues)
March 2: Denver (Fillmore)
March 4: Austin (One World Theater)
March 5: San Angelo, Texas (House of Blues)
March 10: St. Louis (Pageant)
March 11: Chicago (House of Blues)
March 12: Madison, Wis. (Barrymore Theater)
March 13: Milwaukee (Pittman Theater)
March 15: Minneapolis (Guthrie)
March 17: Kalamazoo, Mich. (State Theater)
March 18: Indianapolis (Vogue)
March 19, 20: Ann Arbor, Mich. (the Ark)
March 22, 23: Alexandria, Va. (Birchmere)
March 24: Easton, Md. (Avalon Theater)
March 25: Ridgefield, Conn. (Playhouse)
March 26: Glenside, Penn. (Keswick Theater)
March 27: New York (Town Hall)
March 29: Princeton, N.J. (McCarter Theater
March 30: Northampton, Mass. (Calvin Theater)
March 31: Boston (Sommerville Theater)