Keb' Mo' goes back to his roots on 'BLUESAmericana'

2014-05-15T00:00:00Z 2014-05-15T11:11:55Z Keb' Mo' goes back to his roots on 'BLUESAmericana'By Gerald M. Gay Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A lot has changed in the music industry since Kevin Moore launched his blues music career under the name Keb’ Mo’ 20 years ago.

Major labels have dissolved. A DIY movement among musicians has sprung up, fueled by social media and the increasing ease with which music can be produced.

Moore, whose last three albums have been on independent labels, has rolled with the changes.

With the help of his wife, he tweets and posts to his Facebook page, but “I’ve always been one who would rather spend time in a room with a piece of paper and a guitar, writing and recording things,” the musician, now 62, said in an interview from California last week.

Moore has stayed relevant and maintained a loyal following in the ongoing evolution of blues.

Last month, he released “BLUESAmericana,” his 12th studio album, on the Nashville-based Kind of Blue Music label.

The 10-track release brings the bluesman back to his roots, with works that transport listeners from the Mississippi Delta to the streets of New Orleans.

Moore’s last album, 2011’s “The Reflection,” experimented with jazz and soul influences, and featured cameos from saxophonist Dave Koz, neo-soul singer India.Arie and country musician Vince Gill.

“That album confused people a little bit,” Moore said. “I really loved it. I was very proud of that project, but it was a different kind of album than people were expecting.”

Moore said, in music, people like you to stick to your brand, which is fine by him.

“I don’t like being locked in a corner,” he said. “That being said, if you stand in a corner, brandwise, the challenge is to figure out ways to find a source of infinite creativity in that space.”

Moore is comfortable in taking on such challenges.

“I can do that all day long.”

Contact reporter Gerald M. Gay at ggay@azstarnet.com or 807-8430.

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