Taj Mahal in Boston Thursday Feb. 24

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Taj Mahal is the official blues musician of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, but don’t hold that against him. He’s been playing his own blues-based mix of music from all over the world for over forty years, and he shows no signs of slowing down.

This week he’s in Boston on Thursday, at the Wilbur Theatre (good seats are, inexplicably, still available) and in NYC on Friday and Saturday, as part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center program (ticket info here).

My first Taj Mahal record was The Natch’l Blues – I was browsing in a record store and they played Corrina, Corrina – I was smart enough to buy it on the spot. My latest was Phantom Blues, which has my all-time favorite cover of Chuck Willis’s classic What Am I Living For. The one I love best is still Giant Step/De Ole Folks at Home, released in 1969 – it was a double LP then: Giant Step with a great band including Jesse Ed Davis on guitar, De Ole Folks at Home with solo Taj. It holds up just fine.

If you can’t be there for any of his shows this week (get the full tour schedule at Taj’s website), here’s a live Fishin’ Blues from 2008. Please enjoy!

 

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