For over five decades and with more than forty albums to his credit, Taj Mahal has played a vital role in preserving traditional blues and African-American roots music. “What inspires me most about my career is that I’ve been able to make a living playing the music that I always loved and wanted to play since the early 50s,” Mahal explains. “And the fact that I still am involved in enjoying an exciting career at this point in time is truly priceless. I’m doing this the old-fashioned way and it ain’t easy.” That career has brought him many well-deserved accolades including the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, multiple Grammys (most recently the Contemporary Blues Award for his TajMo recording with Keb’ Mo’) and Blues Music Awards.
The Taj Mahal Trio will be performing only one Oregon show this spring with a stop at The Shedd Institute in Eugene on Thursday, March 1. Show time is 7:30 pm and tickets are $49.00 to $65.00 at Theshedd.org.