Mo' just played the Pageant,
bringing his unique sounds to a very appreciative
St. Louis crowd. Beatle Bob was even spied in
attendance, in his standard stageside mode.
Opening the show for Keb' Mo' was Kaki
King, a 23 year old who displayed her intricate
guitar tunings and neck tapping, a seldom seen
percussive accompaniment. Kaki honed her guitar
skills in the New York subways in the daytime
and pulling beer at a rock club at night. Playing
a long, involved set, occasionally over the
top, she then exclaimed "I've worn myself
out". A smooth sound, we'll be hearing
more of this young star
Keb' Mo' and his band then took the stage, which
brought everyone to their feet. Playing a mix
of his work, Keb' showcased some material off
his new CD 'Keep it Simple', with a tribute
song to BB, called appropriately 'Riley B. King'.
Clearly enjoyed by St. Louis, the dance floor
became SRO for all his fans on hand.
came to the genre late. His early professional
resume included work in rock/R&B fiddler
Papa John Creach's band, a 1980 R&B-inflected
solo album for Casablanca, and a stint with
the vocal group The Rose Brothers. However,
his work as a guitarist in Monk Higgins' group
and his later interest in the music of blues
legend Robert Johnson (to whom he bears an uncanny
physical resemblance) led Moore to fuse his
pop and blues sensibilities as Keb' Mo'.
sure to catch this talented artist live when
you can, until then grab some of his CDs in
our store & learn
what you've been missing!
below sent in by Billy
The band members were introduced later in the
night but here are their names (?? on spelling).
On bass was Reggie McBride, Les Faulkener III
on drums. Clayton Gibbs on mandolin, banjo,
and electric guitar, Jeff Paris on the keyboard
Mo' put on a dobro and slide, and said something
about taking it out on the back porch....the
keyboard player strapped on a harmonica and
the words went like this "This world is
driving me insane don't want to be a superman."
There was a soulful duet between Keb' and the
harmonica player. All the guitarists were front
and center jamming at the end of the tune. the
intro was here comes a little preachy song,
Keb' played on a miniature alto guitar and sang,
"Get out the way and let your light shine,
you the only one like you."
he said, 'Let's go down South.' They sang Sweet
Angelina with a lot of head bobbing and picking.
The banjo was good.
sang a little song about the blues slippin'
out of town. Things got so good for a while
Keb' got complacent. He was havin' trouble singing
the blues cause things were going too well.
He was slackin'.
was wrong I admit it.... not gonna make it....
featuring Keb on the electric guitar with his
harmonica strapped on dobro "I'm standing
in the station with tears in my eyes."
The keyboard player did an awesome harmonica
solo followed by a keyboard solo. Keb came back
in at the end with a rousing dobro solo heavy
on the slide. At the end all the band was dancing
and jamming... This is when he introduced the
band and all got a standing ovation.
played a tune for the big women, "Gimme
what you got..."
featuring Keb' mostly on a real easy and tender
tune..."It's about that time baby please
don't go. Who is that man who made you leave?
Just come on back." Everyone in the audience
began to sense Keb' was playing an exit song.
need a payment from you. Soon as I can pay"
The audience responded on cue, "soon as
I can pay". Clayton Gibbs and Keb' did
a duet and then Clayton played a guitar Solo
that had everyone up on their feet.
standing ovation went on for 10 minutes and
the crowd was charged when the band came back....
peeled off his sport jacket for the first time
of the night. They played 4 to 5 great songs.
did not know Keb had a spritual side but the
opener after the standing O was heavy on the
spiritual....."You might be saved. It might
be God trying to get your attention."
Just Wants to Dance.
My Friend It's been a While.
want to make myself a better man. Gonna make
my world a better place.