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Review: Taj Mahal leads upbeat cruise through the blues

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“Your choice,” offered bluesman Taj Mahal on Saturday at Proctors: “’King Bee’ or ‘Paint My Mailbox Blue.’” “Both!” demanded a woman near me. “Mix ‘em, baby — I don’t know how long I’ll be here!” Taj Mahal has been here long enough to become a sort of Howlin’ Wolf for our time, using his size and gruff growls to assert the brassy, sly authority of old-time country blues. Most of his tunes — classics to ...


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