After winning a 2018 GRAMMY for his collaborative work with Taj Mahal on TajMo, Keb’ Mo’ returns with his 12th career GRAMMY nomination with his album Oklahoma, for Best Americana Album, receiving his second nomination is this category. The 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards will air Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 7 p.m. CST.
In his quarter-century as a recording artist, the charismatic singer/guitarist/songwriter and four-time GRAMMY Award winner has consistently made music that reflects his own passions and interests. In the process, he’s earned a reputation for his ability to draw upon his bottomless roots-music expertise to make deeply expressive, highly personal music.
“All in, it’s the most personal and adventurous album he’s made in his decorated career… Don’t be surprised if another Grammy awaits.” –Glide Magazine
“With his latest offering, Oklahoma, Mo’ again turns out a truly superb performance with his delightful, mellow vocals and fine fretwork always to the fore while his song-writing skills remain as sharp as a tack. In other words, we could well be looking at his twelfth Grammy nomination if not yet another award.” – Elmore Magazine
“Keb’ Mo’ is truly unlike any other artist on today’s contemporary blues scene. He has an uncanny ability to paint a musical kaleidoscope and offer a range of styles and sounds that appeal to a wide audience, all the while remaining true to himself as an artist.” – Ink19
“I’m more interested in making records that make me feel proud and make me feel like I’ve done my best. And if other people like it, that’s gravy,” Keb’ Mo’ stated before the release of Oklahoma, on June 14, 2019, via Concord Records. With noted musical veteran Colin Linden (The Band, Bruce Cockburn) heading up production duties, the album’s ten tracks encompass Keb’ Mo’s diverse talents, with the artist delivering some of the most adventurous and personal work of his career.
During WMOT’s Wired In AmericanaFest Session held in Nashville, Tenn., good friend Garth Brooks hosted a conversation with Keb’ focusing solely on Oklahoma. Brooks admired Keb’ Mo’ on his ability to face difficult subject matter through talented storytelling. “You’re guiding but not preaching… stepping into the political arena without picking a color but making sure the message is heard… but you don’t sit on the fence; you have your point of view,” in which Keb’ Mo’ responded, “Don’t point fingers and tell it as a story, never preach.” The conversation perfectly exemplified the entirety and importance that Oklahoma stands for. View the live-streamed conversation HERE.
“I got to a place where I understood the anatomy of how lyrics can work, and how I can use them to put some substance into the song,” Keb’ says of his writing style for Oklahoma, “It’s like jelly donuts. I don’t even like jelly donuts, but you know that every time you bite into one, there’s gonna be something inside. At some point, I realized that you have to tell a story in some way, shape or form, and this record is a continuation of that realization.”
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