The Texas Bedford Blues Festival took place over the Labor Day weekend a few years ago. The music portion is part of the overall Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival. One of the leading acts was Keb Mo and take a look at his 2017 video where he plays together with Taj Mahal:
On Saturday, acts included Gibson Road Band, Jimmy Lee Reeves Band, website, Cole Dillow, and Alan Fry on the second stage; with Rastus, Southside Blues Kings, Kayla Reeves & Wes Jeans, Ana Popovic, and headliner Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band on the main stage.
Sunday’s acts included Jimmy James Arnold, White Hot Soul, Sweet Jones, and Texas Cotton Kings on the second stage; with Rusty Burns & Big Wampum, Guitar Shorty, Buddy Whittingham, CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, and headliner Keb Mo on the main stage.
Louisiana born Kenny Wayne Shepherd first picked up a guitar at the tender age of four. At age seven, he met guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan and began playing in earnest. Shepherd was signed to Giant Records in 1995 at the age of 17. See also: The Life of B.B. King.
At this years Bedford Blues Festival, the incendiary guitarist and his band played hits like ‘Never Lookin’ Back’ and ‘Blue on Black’. On Sunday, three-time Grammy Award winner Keb Mo closed out the festival. Keb Mo was born Kevin Moore in 1951 and began playing and singing at an early age.
His smokey voice and expressive guitar style have caused many to describe him as a living link to the Delta blues tradition. On Sunday night he performed old hits plus selections from The Reflection, his first new studio album since 2006. The Texas Bedford Blues Festival is an annual event and has featured Buddy Guy and other blues legends over the years.
Keb-mo – a legend in the making
Keb-mo is a legend in the making for quite a few different reasons. One of the reasons why he is quickly going to become a legend is because he has continued to push boundaries in the industry. The singer, songwriter, and guitarist has even admitted to knowing what the boundaries of blues are. See also this interview with another legend, Kellylee Evans, the Canadian jazz and soul singer who a Juno in 2011 for “Nina”, her impressive album. Kellylee had, as a result from a concussion, not performed for several years, but she returned to the stage in 2017!
Another reason why Keb-mo is able to push boundaries is that he no longer has to release records under anybody’s record label. This is because he went off and started his own label to include some of his favorite Brasilian rhythms, and now he has much more freedom with the music he creates.
The reviews have also been pouring in, praising recent songs that the singer has released, as well as songs that he had released back in 2011. Keb-mo said that all of his songs were received quite well by fans. Even the album reviews were not bad, and Keb-mo said that he was not surprised with what some of the reviews said about his music.
Keb-mo is also a legend in the making because he has won some awards for his music. He is no stranger to winning a Grammy, and he is no stranger to taking his music to new heights. For an article on where to in LA for creative music, click here.