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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Keb Mo & Domaine et Janine Crochet Sancerre

Kevin Moore, alias Keb’ Mo(born October 3, 1951), is one of the smoothest blues men on the scene today. He started his career playing steel drums in a calypso band, but soon migrated to blues and guitar. He made his first recordings at the age of 21 when he was hired by former Jefferson airplane violinist Papa John Creach to play in his band and on his records. In 1994, Keb' Mo' released his self-titled debut album, Keb’ Mo’, that featured two Robert Johnson songs, Kind Hearted Woman and Come On My Kitchen. He was collaborated on and was featured in the Martin Scorsese miniseries The Blues, and states that one of his greatest influences was the music of Johnson. He’s won three Grammy Awards, scored films, television shows, and collaborated on too many projects to mention. One of my favorite of his songs, Hand It Over, first appeared on the TV show, Touched By An Angel. In fact, that was the first time I’d ever heard his music. I immediately went out and bought a couple of his CD’s. Later I even bought his teaching tape for blues guitarists, which I enthusiastically recommend to anyone wanting to improve their blues guitar. I’ll shut up now and play the music. Enjoy!

Kind hearted woman blues:
Suitcase blues:
No getting over you (with Bonnie Raitt):

Anyone who’s read this blog for any amount of time knows I love Sauvignon Blanc,  especially those from New Zealand and France. Tonight’s recommendation is great for kicking back on a warm summer night and enjoying the blues. The 2010 Domaine et Janine Crochet Sancerre (~$16.00) is one of my favorites. French Sancerre is different than the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, which tends to be dominated by citrus and grapefruit. This wine is pale gold with aromas of green apples. It almost makes your mouth pucker with its succulent green apples, honey, and lemon flavors and wet stone minerality. Great with fish or, as I said, just kicking back on the deck and watching the stars.  I’ve got two cases in the cellar and with the blues of Keb’ Mo’, I’m set for summer.