CORVALLIS, Ore. — The Oregon State University College of Liberal Arts (CLA) and the Oregon State University Alumni Association present a conversation and live remote performance with blues artist and five-time Grammy Award winner Keb’ Mo’ at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19.

The webcast event is part of the college’s American Strings Series. Hosted by OSU Director of Popular Music and Performing Arts Bob Santelli, the series brings in artists from many musical genres for a night of conversation and performance.  

Singer, guitarist and songwriter Kevin Roosevelt Moore, known professionally as Keb’ Mo’, has cultivated a reputation as a modern master of American roots music through his albums, live performances and collaborations with other artists, including Taj Mahal, Shelia E., Joe Walsh, Lizz Wright and Bonnie Raitt. 

Since his self-titled debut album more than 25 years ago, the Nashville-based artist has released 14 albums, including his most recent, “Oklahoma,” which won the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Americana Album, giving Keb’ Mo’ his fifth Grammy.

He played his iconic version of “America the Beautiful” in the series finale of Aaron Sorkin’s “The West Wing,” as well as at the White House for President Obama.

Keb’ Mo’ and his music have been featured many times in TV and film, including in the 1998 documentary “Can’t You Hear the Wind Howl,” the television series “Touched by An Angel” and “Sun Record,” the 2007 film “Honeydripper” and the 2017 Hallmark movie “Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Higher Ground.” He created the theme songs for the TV shows “Martha Stewart Living” and “Mike & Molly,” and was the music composer for TNT’s “Memphis Beat.”

This American Strings webcast with Keb’ Mo’ is free to view, but registration is required. Click here to register and receive your link to view online.

College of Liberal Arts

About the OSU College of Liberal Arts: The College of Liberal Arts encompasses seven distinct schools, as well as several interdisciplinary initiatives, that focus on humanities, social sciences, and fine and performing arts. Curriculum developed by the college’s nationally and internationally-renowned faculty prepares students to approach the complex problems of the world ethically and thoughtfully, contributing to a student's academic foundation and helping to build real-world skills for a 21st century career and a purposeful life.

Story By: 

Erin Sneller, 541-737-5592, [email protected]


Bob Santelli, 541-737-1797, [email protected]


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