There comes a point in a committed artist’s career when he knows just what he wants, and how to get it. Planning the sound of his upcoming album, contemporary bluesman Keb' Mo’ realized that he could act as his own producer, so definite was his vision of the music. His hunch was correct, for Keep It Simple is among the most immediately gratifying of Mo’s acclaimed recordings. Personal though the album may be, Mo’ doesn’t go it alone. He’s brought in some heavy hitters to enrich his sound, including bluegrass virtuoso Sam Bush on mandolin, and studio giants Nathan East on bass and Greg Philinganes on keyboards. An instrumental highlight is the tasty guitar work provided by Robert Cray and Robben Ford on “Riley B. King,” a tribute to B. B. King co-written by Ford and Mo'. Amy Grant and Vince Gill also pitch in with supporting vocals on “House In California.” Still, there’s plenty of the celebrated vocals and guitar picking and expert songcraft that have made Keb' Mo' a modern legend of the blues. With Keep It Simple, he continues to bring the genre into the warmth of a new day.
Performance CreditsKeb' Mo' Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Banjo,Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Percussion,Vocals
Robert Cray Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals,Soloist
Sam Bush Mandolin
Amy Grant Background Vocals
Robben Ford Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals,Soloist
Jeff Paris Organ,Harmonica,Mandolin,Piano,Keyboards
Alex Brown Background Vocals
Chad Cromwell Drums
Nathan East Bass
Steve Ferrone Drums
Paul Franklin Dobro
Vince Gill Background Vocals
John Hobbs Electric Piano,fender rhodes
Phillip Ingram Background Vocals
Munyungo Jackson Percussion
Ricky Lawson Drums
Reggie McBride Bass
Greg Phillinganes Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
John Porter Guitar
Willie Weeks Bass
Andrea Zonn Violin,Background Vocals
Bobette Harrison-Jamison Background Vocals
Shannon Curfman Background Vocals
Technical CreditsMickey Hart Composer
Bob Weir Composer
Robben Ford Composer
Bill Medley Composer
Jeff Paris Composer
Gary Nicholson Composer
Darrell Scott Composer
Jenny Yates Composer
Keb' Mo' Composer,Producer
David Bett Art Direction
Ok Hee Kim Engineer
Jason Wormer Engineer
Eric Lynn Composer
Kevin Meeker Engineer
Andy Brohard Engineer
Mark Johnson Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Keep It Simple based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Love this CD. Every song is good!
This was my first album of Keb Mo but it certainly won't be my last! Nice instramental and smoooth vocal.
This is an incredibly mellow, but uplifting album. I am constantly amazed how his very simple, straightforward lyrics can convey strong emotion and solid stories. This is his best album yet. Spread the word!
I have heard Keb Mo's music performed by others and enjoyed it. This CD takes you on an emotional journey that is enjoyable and soothing. Keb Mo is a great artist and story teller.
I have heard Keb Mo's music performed by others, but it is by far better from him. This CD takes you on an emotional ride that is enjoyable and soothing. Keb Mo is a great artist and story teller.