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Classic Album Review: Keb’ Mo’ | Big Wide Grin

The bluesman's family-frieldy outing is brought to you by the letter ZZZZZZZ.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Never mind trying to snag a spot on Letterman or Leno; it seems the TV show performers are hot to appear on these days is Sesame Street.

Just like Willie Nelson’s recent Rainbow Connection CD, this disc from bluesman Kevin (Keb’ Mo’) Moore is a smily, happy, family affair. Turning his musical frown upside down, Moore soft-pedals through an impeccably played slate of singalong covers from Gamble & Huff’s Love Train and Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi to Sly Stone’s Family Affair and — for some weird reason — America the Beautiful. An intriguing set list, to be sure; trouble is, Moore’s TajMahal-on-Prozac style is so lightweight and sappy even the suckiest kid would be bored. For the most part, Big Wide Grin is brought to you by the letter ZZZZZZZ …