The Legendary Taj Mahal on February 4th at Rams Head On Stage

If you’ve never seen Taj Mahal perform live, well, it’s an experience.  He’s got such an intimate rapport with his audience and the presence and character he brings to the stage is unmatchable.  He creates a warmth and excitement through his music and storytelling that only a seasoned performer can achieve.

Nothing short of a 40+ year music career that spans all corners of the world (west Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the Hawaiian islands to name a few) and explores Acoustic Blues, Folk, Jazz, World, Country-Blues, early Rock & Roll, Gospel and Reggae can generate this level of performance.

A two-time Grammy winner and multiple Grammy nominee, Taj Mahal was self taught and leads with his thumb and middle finger when finger-picking, rather than with his index finger as the majority of guitar players do. “I play with a flatpick,” he says, “when I do a lot of blues leads.”

 A younger Taj Mahal

We also have a surprise special guest for this show. We got lucky that during a previous live show recording with Corey Harris and Shemekia Copeland, some “wires got crossed” and some footage was lost (I believe I just wrote a new lyric for Taj) and NOW we get Corey on Monday night as well! If you’re not familiar, Corey Harris is a highly accomplished guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has an impressive command of the blues idiom as well as jazz, reggae, gospel, African and Caribbean music. Perfect fit and we are thrilled.

We are hoping that when he comes on Monday the 4th he will be able to bring along with him his new box set, officially released on February 5th: TAJ MAHAL – THE COMPLETE COLUMBIA ALBUMS COLLECTION.  This box set includes 13 album titles spanning from 1965 to 1976, covering 15 CDs and 170 tracks.  We shall see!

So pick up your tickets soon.  We have two shows to choose from, a 6pm show and a 9pm show.

One of the most artistically adventurous musicians in the history of the blues, he has this to say about his career in music:

“Even at the end of forty years, in many ways my music is just getting started.”

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