For this year’s virtual Folk Alliance International and SXSW conferences, BGS collaborated with Yamaha Guitars to film performances from some of the artists we are most excited about in 2021. Over the next few weeks, we will be publicly releasing these exclusive videos.
First up is Grammy Award-winning blues musician Keb’ Mo’ playing a Yamaha FGX5, which is modeled after a vintage Yamaha FG180. The FG180 in particular has sentimental value; Keb’s first acoustic guitar, the one he learned how to play slide on, was a second-hand FG180. Sadly, he lost his longtime musical companion in the Nashville flood of 2010. Keb’ recorded “Every Morning,” the first track on his self-titled 1994 debut album on his FG180, so it is only fitting that 27 years later he gifts us this rendition on its modern counterpart.
A year into the pandemic, “Every Morning” takes on new meaning; as he sings “And it may be winter, it may be fall/ I might have plenty or nothin’ at all/ But, baby, I’ll be there whenever you call,” he reminds us all of the power of love to carry us through the bad times as well as the good. He follows “Every Morning” with “The Action” off of his 1996 album, Just Like You, serenading us with another example of the vivid storytelling that has been a part of his music since the start of his long career.
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