Title - 'Moonlight, Mistletoe & You'
Artist - Keb' Mo'
For those not in the complete know, Kevin Roosevelt Moore, known as Keb' Mo', is an American blues musician and four-time Grammy Award winner.
A singer, guitarist, and songwriter, living in Nashville, Tennessee, he has been described as "a living link to the seminal Delta blues that travelled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America".
Furthermore, his post-modern blues style is influenced by many eras and genres, including folk, rock, jazz, pop and country and his moniker of "Keb Mo" was coined by his original drummer, Quentin Dennard, and picked up by his record label as a "street talk" abbreviation of his given name.
Well, Keb’ Mo’s first collection of holiday music, Moonlight, Mistletoe, & You (out now via Concord Records), is a charming collection of both original songs and covers of lesser-known classics.
Indeed, the album is a celebration of the holiday season, Keb’ style, full of yuletide greetings and bluesy cheer.
1. 'Please Come Home For Christmas'
2. 'Moonlight, Mistletoe, & You'
3. 'Better Everyday'
4. 'Santa Claus, Santa Claus'
5. 'Christmas Is Annoying'
6. 'Merry, Merry Christmas'
7. 'I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm'
8. 'Santa Claus Blues'
9. 'When The Children Sing'
10. 'One More Year With You'
The veteran blues singer kicks things of with some soft smooth jazz in the form of 'Please Come Home For Christmas,' which he backs seamlessly with both a luscious turn on the title track (which also features some stellar accompaniment from saxophonist Gerald Albright), and then the finger-snappin' gospel sound of 'Better Everyday.'
He then brings some blues to the fore with the guitar and piano-soaked 'Santa Claus, Santa Claus,' which is followed by the darker side of the holiday season, the tongue in cheek 'Christmas Is Annoying.'
The beat is brought back up though for the guitar hipsway of 'Merry, Merry Christmas,' with his balladry duet featuring Melissa Manchester 'I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm' one of the stand out cuts here, for sure.
Reaching back into the Deep South, we get 'Santa Claus Blues,' before the album wraps itself up nicely with a children's choir-backed 'When The Children Sing,' and then some sentimental reminiscing found within 'One More Year With You.'
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