Taj Mahal Trio
You could call Taj Mahal a singer, composer, producer, two-time Grammy-winner, world-class musical collaborator, musicians’ advocate, world traveller, fisherman or cigar aficionado. These titles are all accurate, yet none convey the warmth, humour, and soulfulness of Taj and his music.
He has been playing his own distinctive brand of music – variously described as Afro-Caribbean blues, folk-world-blues, hula blues, folk-funk, and a host of other hyphenations – for more than 40 years. A 2009 inductee into the Blues Hall of Fame, Taj Mahal’s has received a huge nine Grammy Award nominations over his career, and has won two of these.
The first in 1997 with Best Contemporary Blues Album for Señor Blues, and again in 2000 with Best Contemporary Blues Album for Shoutin' in Key. A perennial Bluesfest favourite, last time round he played to sell-out crowds alongside Buddy Guy. This time looks set to repeat.
“The one thing I’ve always demanded of the records I’ve made,” he says, “is that they be danceable”.
The career of American bluesman, roots radical, and pioneer of world music Taj Mahal is set to be celebrated in 2013 with the release of TAJ MAHAL – THE COMPLETE COLUMBIA ALBUMS COLLECTION. The collection will include all ten of the two-time Grammy Award®-winning artist’s original Columbia albums, plus one movie soundtrack and the two previously-unreleased albums which comprised last year’s The Hidden Treasures Of Taj Mahal: 1969-1973 package.
Cue the music: ‘Linda Lou’, ‘Fishin’ Blues’ & ‘Paint My Mailbox Blue’ for starters - and let the good times roll at Bluesfest..