Clips & Pix: Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’/Don’t Leave Me Here

I just learned that Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ won the 2018 Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album for their excellent collaboration record TajMo. As long as great music that represents true craftsmanship and real soul is still being recognized, not all is lost!

It sounds like the two elder blues statesmen were up against formidable competition. The other nominees in the category included Sonny Landreth (Recorded Live In Lafayette)Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm (Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm) Robert Randolph & The Family Band (Got Soul) and Tedeschi Trucks Band (Live From The Fox Oakland).

The above is the official clip of TajMo’s opener Don’t Leave Me Here. Co-written by Mahal and Mo’, it is one of the gems on the record, which was released in May 2017.

Sources:, TajMo website, YouTube

7 thoughts on “Clips & Pix: Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’/Don’t Leave Me Here”

    1. Hands-down one of my favorite new albums from last year. So, yes, the good news is the Grammys still recognize the category. In not so good news, they typically relegate this and other award categories they presumably consider less important to the afternoon.

      Well, in case you’re curious, here’s a clip of Taj Mahal’s and Keb’ Mo’s great acceptance speech:

      And here’s a nice tribute from Gary Clark Junior and Jon Batiste to Fats Domino and Chuck Berry, which was included in the main award ceremony.

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      1. I hear ya. I’m not particular fond of these shows either, particularly the Gammy Awards. However, I do watch some of them out of curiosity, although for the most part they frustrate me!

        Since I thought the tribute to Fats Domino and Chuck Berry was pretty cool, I also decided to post the clip in the blog.

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      2. Thanks, I take that as a compliment!

        BTW, speaking of stuff you may know, what do you think of Jason Isbell? He won Best Americana Album for “The Nashville Sound” together with his band The 400 Unit. While I would have preferred seeing Gregg Allman’s “Southern Blood” win that category, Isbell looks like a legit guy to me. He’s still a relatively young artist, which I also find encouraging.

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