GRAMMY-winning musician Keb' Mo' was among the artists who performed at The Recording Academy Nashville Chapter's recent 14th Annual GRAMMY Block Party & Membership Celebration. In an exclusive interview with GRAMMY.com, Keb' Mo' discussed his musical influences and mentors, his first concert experience, winning a GRAMMY Award, and what makes the Nashville music community unique, among other topics.
"It's like the end of a certain road you're on," says Keb' Mo' about the experience of winning a GRAMMY. "It's like a destination point that you get to, and once you get to the destination point you go on past that. You take in the moment and you let it go."
With a musical palette that spans R&B, jazz, blues, country, and folk, Keb' Mo' has earned his renown as an inspired singer/songwriter and top-flight guitarist. Released in 1996, his sophomore album, Just Like You, earned him his first GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Keb' Mo' garnered a second GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Blues Album in 1998 for his third effort, Slow Down. In 2004 Keb' Mo' released Keep It Simple, for which he earned his third GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Blues Album and topped Billboard's Blues Albums chart. In addition to writing or co-writing all 12 songs and playing various instruments, Keb' Mo' also produced and co-engineered the album.
Keb' Mo' released his most recent album, The Reflection, in 2011. The album features collaborations with GRAMMY winners India.Arie and Vince Gill and saxophonist Dave Koz, and peaked at No. 81 on the Billboard 200, his highest-charting album to date. The Reflection received a nomination for Best Blues Album at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards.