One of Mobile’s own has found his way into the pages of the official magazine of drummers worldwide. Tracy Duarte’s fantastic and extravagant “A Night in Tunisia” drum kit was chosen as the “Kit of the Month” in the latest issue of “Modern Drummer.” His homemade kit is fashioned in African vibes with intricate patterns and a floor tom surrounded by tribal masks. The design of this one-of-a-kind percussion instrument could be considered unparallel in the world of drums. Congratulations to Tracy Duarte!

Saenger Theater welcomes Keb’ Mo’

Sunday is always a good day for the blues, and the Jewel of Joachim will be giving the Azalea City a proper dose Nov. 2, with the return of Keb’Mo’. The three-time Grammy winner has built his reputation on an evolved old school blues sound and his ability to weave stories within the measures.

Currently, Keb’Mo’ is celebrating 20 years of performing with the release of his 12th full-length album “BLUESAmericana.” The release is built upon a conceptual foundation of love and understanding.

Keb’Mo’s musical formula shines brightly on “BLUESAmericana” with another line up of blues-infused tales of life experience. The album is introduced by “The Worst Is Yet to Come,” an anthem that takes the listener through the day of a bluesman, which is filled with hangovers, blues and dread. Filled with a plethora of stringed instruments that include a banjo and mandolin, Keb’Mo’ once again brings the old school into the modern age. The song is joined on the album by slow grooves such as “I’m Gonna Be Your Man” and raw tracks such as “That’s Alright.”

Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster and at the Saenger Box Office.

Tickets available for Shovels & Rope

Husband and wife duo Shovels & Rope return to the Mobile area on Friday, Jan. 23, with a show at Soul Kitchen.

Husband and wife duo Shovels & Rope return to the Mobile area on Friday, Jan. 23, with a show at Soul Kitchen.

Another local favorite is scheduled to return to Mobile. On Friday, Jan. 23, Shovels & Rope will take the Soul Kitchen stage for an evening of eclectic Americana. Comprised of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, a husband and wife duo who made instant friends with the denizens of Mobile, and their local fans have watched this band grow in popularity over the years.

Armed with homespun harmonies and memorable modern folk songs, Shovels & Rope made 2013 a breakout year with appearances on “Late Night with David Letterman,” a number of sold-out shows and an Americana Music Award for their song “Birmingham,” which is the first track on their sophomore effort “O’ Be Joyful.” They also thrilled crowds at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and the Hangout Music Fest.

Shovels & Rope is returning with both crowd favorites and tracks off their latest release on Dualtone Records “Swimmin’ Time.” The album’s first single, “The Devil Is All Around,” is a heartfelt ballad that mingles classic country, modern folk and those emotional harmonies that have become the band’s trademark.

Tickets are on sale now on the Soul Kitchen website, Mellow Mushroom (WeMo/MiMo) and by calling 1-866-468-7630. Tickets for this show will go fast.