Taj Mahal – Consummate Blues-man

I have been a fan of Taj Mahal’s eclectic sound for 45 years.  I am partial to his earliest recordings beginning with Taj Mahal’s first recording with Columbia Records released in 1968. He is without provocation “the” consummate blues-man.

A master harmonica player, electric guitar player, national steel guitarist with the ability  to drop just the right sound required for each song. He’s quoted on the liner notes as saying,

 “This is the music I feel at home with. Now I really dig Dylan, but I don’t play much of that. Dylan, though, he’s one of the twentieth-century greats: Dylan… the Beatles… Jomo Kenyatta. “I got more heros than Wild Bill Hickok had notches on his belt.” He later mentions that this record is recorded mostly live. “None of that goin’ in and overdubbing something you did two weeks ago.”


  • Taj Mahal – Guitar, Music Arranger, Harp, Vocals, Slide Guitar
  • Ry Cooder – Guitar (Rhythm)
  • Jesse Ed Davis – Lead Guitar
  • James Thomas – Bass
  • Sanford Konikoff – Drums

9 Replies to “Taj Mahal – Consummate Blues-man”

  1. I’m a huge fan of blues but for some reason never really listened to Taj Mahal much. I’ve been listening to him a lot lately though and his stuff is incredible (I agree, especially his earlier music) and a lot of fun to play. Thanks for posting this!


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