Singer/songwriter/composer/multi-instrumentalist Taj Mahal, a two-time Grammy winner and one of the most influential American blues and roots artists of the past half-century, will embark on a nationwide tour in support of his new album “Maestro” to be released on September 30. The tour kicks off September 25 in Napa, CA and concludes November 30 in Seattle, WA, with eight nights at Jazz Alley. Mahal is also playing double night engagements in Chicago, IL and Brownfield, ME. At least three more concerts will be scheduled.
“Maestro” is his first U.S. recording in five years and marks the 40th anniversary of Mahal’s rich and diverse recording career by mixing original material with chestnuts from vintage sources and newcomers alike. Guests on this anniversary gala include Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Angelique Kidjo, Los Lobos, Ziggy Marley and others – many of whom have been directly influenced by Mahal’s music and guidance.
Much more than just a tribute to past glories, “Maestro” captures the same level of intensity and depth that has characterized every one of Mahal’s recordings since his self-titled debut album in 1968. Simply put, four decades have done nothing to dilute his energy quotient.
“The one thing I’ve always demanded of the records I’ve made is that they be danceable,” he said in a statement. “This record is danceable, it’s listenable, it has lots of different rhythms, it’s accessible, it’s all right in front of you. It’s a lot of fun, and it represents where I am at this particular moment in my life.”
Taj Mahal itinerary:
(Dates subject to change)