Review: Keb' Mo' played the blues but they were anything but blue

Contributing Music WriterFebruary 7, 2014 

Keb' Mo' continues his transition from traditional blues to pop-soul on his latest album.

After wrapping up the efficient and elemental groove that propelled his 2006 tune Rita on Thursday night at the Lexington Opera House, Keb’ Mo’ provided what seemed like an almost involuntary sample of blues-speak. It sounded little Billy Gibbons via John Lee Hooker, only instead of ‘Haw, haw, haw,’ what emerged from the mouth of Mo’ was a little more cosmopolitan, something that sounded more like, ‘Habba, habba, habba.’ It was less a blues cry that a celebratory aside. But it was a telling display, nonetheless.

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