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Former Panist - Grammy winner Keb’ Mo’ celebrates his Compton roots with new music


Grammy-winning blues star and Compton native Keb’ Mo’ is releasing the 13-song “Good to be” album on Jan. 21. The new album was written between his homes in Nashville and Compton. (Photo by Jeremy Cowart)

PUBLISHED: January 14, 2022 at 7:53 a.m. | UPDATED: January 14, 2022 at 7:53 a.m.

Although he’s a five-time Grammy winner who has collaborated with musicians such as Willie Nelson and Bonnie Raitt and has performed at the White House, when Keb’ Mo’ walks around his hometown of Compton, the respected bluesman goes unnoticed by most.

And that’s fine with the 70-year-old guitarist, who has a new album with a title track paying tribute to his city.

“No one knows me in Compton but I love being back in Compton and this album is a real pinnacle accomplishment for me, it’s probably my best album,” the 70-year-old musician, who will release the 13-song “Good To Be” on Jan. 21, said in a recent telephone interview.

Recorded between Nashville, where he has lived for more than a decade, and Compton at his recently renovated childhood home where he now lives part time, the album is a celebration of his roots, his long musical evolution and his positive outlook on life.

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