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Taj Mahal and Keb Mo are both living legends in the blues music scene.
But they haven’t released an album together — until now.
The two musicians began a nationwide tour last month in Colorado to celebrate their new album “TajMo,” which features songs the duo has co-written together as well as things they’ve previously recorded on their own.
Speaking to PBS NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown before an appearance at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder, Taj Mahal said that in spite of being called “the blues,” the music is all about having fun.
“Life brings a lot of strife these days. In the digital age, it’s even more intense. A lot of people don’t know how to get loose of it. So our job as musicians is to help them get loose and have a good time and feel good about themselves,” the singer-songwriter said.
As the musicians age — Keb Mo, at 65, is 10 years Taj Mahal’s junior — some fans have wondered about the future of blues, and who will take up the tradition.
“Taking on the blues is a big responsibility. So I understand why people would be concerned about that,” Keb Mo said. “But the music and riches is about happiness … So, the blues will be fine.”
Watch Taj Mahal and Keb Mo perform an acoustic version of “Diving Duck Blues” in the player above, and watch their full interview with Jeffrey Brown on the July 5 broadcast of PBS NewsHour.
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