Songwriters Under the Covers with Victoria Shaw

S2 E5 | FULL EPISODE

Keb’ Mo’ and Jim Photoglo

Five-time Grammy Award winner Keb’ Mo’ (“Old Me Better,” “Just Like You”), joins Jim Photoglo, hitmaker to the stars (Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, Dusty Springfield, Alabama), for a night of songs and stories. Essex County is a special guest.

AIRED: February 11, 2021 | 0:50:49
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♪♪

♪♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

Hi.

Wow.

Alright. [ Laughs ]

welcome.

♪♪

♪♪

♪ I can't fall asleep

♪ Without you

Boy, I'm in too deep.

♪ All my dreams are about you

♪ The higher the go, the further I'm falling ♪

♪ Won't you come and catch me, baby? ♪

♪ Yeah

♪ Bring on the love

♪ Take what I got

♪♪

♪ Bring on the love

♪ Take your best shot

I don't want to live afraid make mistakes

♪ Baby, you're the chance that I'll take ♪

♪ So bring on the love

♪♪

♪ Caught up in your kiss

♪ That's where you have me

♪ I couple more like this

♪ And heaven help me

♪ I thought I saw a bright star falling ♪

♪ Into your eyes, baby

♪ Yeah

♪ Bring on the love

♪ Take what I got

♪♪

♪ Bring on the love

♪ Take your best shot

♪ I don't want to live afraid to make mistakes ♪

♪ Baby, you're the chance that I'll take ♪

♪ So bring on the love

♪ I got you want, you got what I want ♪

♪ So bring on the love

♪ Too much of a good thing is a good thing ♪

♪ I think it's never enough

♪ So bring on the love

♪ Oh, yeah

♪♪

♪♪

♪ Bring on the love

♪ Take what I got

♪♪

♪ Bring on the love

♪ Take your best shot

♪ I don't want to live afraid to make mistakes ♪

♪ Baby, you're the chance that I'll take ♪

♪ So bring on the love

♪ Bring on the love

♪ Bring on the love

♪ Bring on the love

♪ Bring on the love

♪ Bring on the love

[ Cheers and applause ]

Bring it on!

Thank you so much. Thank you so much.

Welcome to Songwriters Under the Covers"

with me, Victoria Shaw.

I'm your bus driver for the night.

I'm so happy to be here.

We are filming this time at The Listening Room

in Nashville, Tennessee, which is one

of my favorite places to play

and so glad we could be here tonight.

[ Cheers and applause ]

And for those of you that have never seen the show,

where have you been?

We're in season two.

I want to tell you just how it works.

It's where I invite my very successful

hit songwriter friends to come and play with me.

We go round the round, we show off each other's songs,

and then we go home.

It's a really easy concept and it's a lot of fun.

And I have some of the best songwriters

in the business here tonight

and there are also some of my very dear friends.

So this is really extra fun for me.

To my left, I could talk about this man for hours and hours,

but I don't have the time.

He is such a diverse songwriter

and has such an interesting history.

He started out in the pop music field.

He had a top 40 singles as a pop singer in the '80s,

and please Google him because he had an '80s mustache

that is a must see.

Eventually, he decided to try his hand

at songwriting in Nashville,

which was a really good idea because he ended up having songs

cut by people like Faith Hill, Michael McDonald, Garth Brooks,

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, even the Everly Brothers,

which makes me very jealous, and on and on and on.

He has, as a touring musician, he has toured with Carole King,

Dan Fogelberg, Vince Gill, Andy Gibb.

I mean, it's diverse and he's currently on the road

with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Please make welcome my dear friend,

Mr. Jim Photoglo.

[ Cheers and applause ]

I write these intros myself, you know?

Okay, so how do I describe this next songwriter?

Well, first of all, he's not just a songwriter.

He is a singer, he's a musician, he's a multi-instrumentalist

and he's an actor and a producer.

He's -- you can't put him in a box.

And musically, he's really hard to define because he's blues,

he's folk, he's rock, he's jazz, he's country.

He's a little bit of everything, and I did Google him

and I found this quote on his website that said,

"I'm more interested in pleasing myself

and making records that make me feel proud

and make me feel like I've done my best.

And if other people like it, that's gravy."

Well, this man just picked up

his fifth Grammy Award in January,

so I would say that's a lot of gravy.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Yeah.

Yeah, and we met like most hip,

successful, cool music people do in Carlyn at our kids school.

Please welcome my friend Keb' Mo'.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you, Victoria.

That's how we met, in Carlyn That's right.

So, I'll let you kick us off with the song.

We're going to go round and round and round.

Alright. Alright?

That was a really big drumroll you gave me right there. Wow.

You're going to live up to it. I know.

This song is called "Just Like You."

I'm going to play it for you right now, if that's all right?

Thank you very much.

[ Cheers and applause ]

♪♪

♪ Hello my friend

♪ It's been awhile

♪ All our old clothes are back in style ♪

♪♪

♪ We went our separate ways

♪ Only to return

♪ To face a lesson

♪ We failed to learn

♪ We didn't understand the truth ♪

♪ We were blinded by the eyes of youth ♪

♪ But time kept on moving

♪ And a change has come

♪ You think that I don't know

♪ Where you're coming from

♪ And I feel just like you

♪ And I cry just like you

♪ And I heal just like you

♪ Ooh, and under my skin

♪ I'm just like you

♪♪

♪ You gave your love and your innocence ♪

♪ And they took away your confidence ♪

♪ You're not those women

♪ And I'm not those men

♪ Put your arms around me

♪ I am your friend

♪ And I feel just like you

♪ And I cry just like you

♪ But I heal just like you

♪ And under my skin

♪ I'm just like you and everybody else ♪

♪ When I get hurt I cry for help ♪

♪ And I've got secrets God only knows ♪

♪ And God knows I feel just like you ♪

♪ And I cry just like you

♪ But I heal just like you

♪ And I break down just like you ♪

♪ Well, I feel just like you

♪ And I cry just like you

♪ And I'm weak just like you

♪ And under my skin

♪ I'm just like you

♪♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you very much.

Thank you.

I kept leaning in, I was going to do harmony,

and then I got scared because I didn't want to throw you off.

Oh, such a beautiful song. Beautiful.

Alright, Jimmy.

And by the way, thank you for playing

that opening song with me.

Oh, your welcome. Oh, thank you.

Tell us a story.

Well, the thing I love

about doing these things very often is

the closeness as friends.

I mean, Victoria and I --

Victoria was in the room when my son was born.

Not conceived, but when he was born,

We stopped at that. we thought that was weird.

But I did videotape his son being born.

And Kevin I met

at one of the school functions for the school

the children were going to.

In about two seconds, we discovered that we were born

the same year in adjoining communities.

He's from Compton. I'm from Inglewood, California.

So, you know.

It's a bond.

Yeah, it's a thing, you know.

And so I love being here. I love doing these things.

And so, but it is about song. So I'm going to do a song.

And this song I wrote with a good friend of ours

by the name of Bob DiPiero, You all heard of Bob DiPiero?

[ Cheering ]

You might not know this about Bob, but he's Italian.

[ Laughter ]

He hides that part of him.

Anyway, this was recorded by Neal McCoy.

♪ There's nothing like that morning coffee in bed ♪

♪ A big ol' pillow propped behind my head ♪

♪ Watching you stretch like a calico cat ♪

♪ You know it don't get much better than that ♪

♪ I love to hear you tell me what you dreamed ♪

♪ I love to hear you tell me everything ♪

♪ Wearing nothing but my T-shirt and a sleepy smile ♪

♪ You know that look never goes out of style ♪

♪ We're right on time, right where we need to be ♪

♪ We've got each other and that's enough ♪

♪ Come rain or shine, we always seem to be ♪

♪ Spending every minute in love ♪

♪♪

♪♪

♪ Let's take the telephone off the hook ♪

♪ And close the cover on that appointment book ♪

♪ While the lazy ol' sun falls from the sky ♪

♪ Love will be falling on you and I ♪

♪ We're right on time, right where we need to be ♪

♪ We've got each other and that's enough ♪

♪ Come rain or shine, we always seem to be ♪

♪ Spending every minute in love ♪

♪ 60 seconds to a minute

♪ 60 minutes to an hour

♪ There's 24 of 'em in it

♪ That's a lot of love power

♪ Oh, we're right on time, right where we need to be ♪

♪ We've got each other and that's enough ♪

♪ Come rain or shine, we always seem to be ♪

♪ Spending every minute in love ♪

♪ Yes, we are

♪ Spending every minute in love ♪

♪♪

♪♪

Thank you.

[ Cheers and applause ]

That is a sexy song.

You know, I don't smoke,

but I always feel like I need one after that. You know?

Me too. [ Laughs ]

Okay, Kevin. Your turn. Tell us the story.

This song is not sexy.

[ Laughter ]

But this is a sexy story.

I was worried because, you know, I'm going to let you

on a little secret before Victoria called.

She wants to know what songs you're going to do,

you know, around.

And I was like that really pissed me off.

[ Laughter ]

I want to just do what I want to do in the moment.

So I just pick three songs,

and I think this next song is appropriate.

This one I picked, it's a song I wrote with,

just like the first song, I wrote

with a gentleman named John Lewis Parker,

who I've known since the '70s,

and we write a lot of songs together.

And so...

He came in the room one day, he came out.

He came to Nashville to do some writing,

and we sat down in the room, and he said --

He spotted the title of this song,

And I just went, "Okay. [ Trills ]

About 10 minutes, it was all done

because it was so easy.

I think one of the easiest songs I've ever done.

But it's not sexy.

Not sexy?

I'll be the judge of that.

So, I'm going to get my little pet. Hang on.

Which album is this on?

"Blues Americana."

Oh, I love this song.

I love this song.

[ Cheers and applause ]

♪ When I first laid eyes on you I swore I'd do anything ♪

♪ Let ya clean me up, fix me up ♪

♪ Just to get you to wear my wedding ring ♪

♪ Now I'm having second thoughts ♪

And I'm writing you this letter ♪

♪ I'm scared to tell you to your face ♪

♪ I liked the old me better

[ Laughter ]

Told you.

♪ I liked the old me better

♪ I was a lot more fun

♪ I liked the old me better

♪ Didn't take crap from anyone

♪ Well, I'd sleep all day, party all night ♪

♪ Did whatever I wanted whatever I liked ♪

♪ You made me a brand new man but I liked the old me better ♪

Yeah.

My wife took the song very personal.

[ Laughter ]

There's a flower buying and diners, you know,

wine to get her back in there.

She didn't like it. She thought it was about her.

♪ Well, I got to say it ain't that bad ♪

♪ And I appreciate your work

♪ I don't drink as much, don't swear as much ♪

♪ You even made me go to church ♪

♪ I ain't done much talking since the day we got together ♪

♪ But I'm a different man because of you ♪

♪ But I liked the old me better ♪

Yeah.

♪ I liked the old me better

♪ I was a lot more fun

♪ I liked the old me better

♪ Didn't take crap from anyone

♪ Well, I'd sleep all day, party all night ♪

♪ Did whatever I wanted whatever I liked ♪

♪ You made me a brand new man but I liked the old me better ♪

♪ No doubt about it

♪ You're the only one

♪ And I know you really love the man that I've become ♪

♪ But I liked the old me better ♪

♪ I was a lot more fun

♪ I liked the old me better

♪ I didn't take crap from anyone ♪

♪ Well I'd sleep all day, party all night ♪

♪ Did whatever I wanted whatever I liked ♪

♪ You made me a brand new man, but I liked the old me better ♪

Alright. We almost done now.

[ Laughter ]

Here we go.

♪ Well I've got to say you're the only one ♪

♪ That I've ever loved

♪ You and I we're a good fit

♪ We're like a hand and a glove ♪

♪ But now I'm sitting here looking back ♪

♪ Wearing this stupid sweater

♪ Truth be told I've got to say I liked the old me better ♪

♪ Ooh, I liked the old me better ♪

♪ I was a lot more fun

♪ I liked the old me better

♪ You know I didn't take crap from anyone ♪

♪ Well, I'd sleep all day, party all night ♪

♪ Did whatever I wanted whatever I liked ♪

♪ You made me a brand new man but I liked the old me better ♪

♪ You made me a brand new man but I ♪

Yeah.

♪ Liked the old me better

♪♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

Not sexy.

I have to tell you.

I have a playlist on my, you know,

on my phone, my iTunes that I like

to go walking to and listen to, and that song is on my playlist.

I listen to it all the time.

It puts me in the happiest mood. I love that song.

It's fun. I love that song.

Okay, Jimmy, it's your turn.

Alright.

Tell the story behind this one.

This song was initially inspired

when the news broke that Rush Limbaugh

had been busted trying to cop a boatload of oxycodone.

[ Laughter ]

Bless his heart. The man was in pain.

So then I happened to be in New York City and I noticed

that there was a Starbucks on every street corner,

and they were all full.

And it spoke to me.

♪♪

♪♪

♪ Well, it used to take a little ♪

♪ And now it takes a lot

[ Applause ]

♪ Little by little, it's taking everything I got ♪

♪♪

♪ Coffee

♪ It only took a cup

♪ I go from tired to all fired up ♪

♪ Bitter but not too strong

♪ I'd be running and gunning all day long ♪

♪ I'm double mocha latte chino around the clock ♪

♪ I'm shakin' trying to make it to the dealers on every block ♪

♪ See, it used to take a little ♪

♪ And now it takes a lot

♪ Little by little it's taken everything I got ♪

♪♪

♪ Living, I had rent controlled ♪

♪ Short on space but long on soul ♪

♪ Nothing between the ceiling and the floor ♪

♪ But a hurtin' and a wantin' for so much ♪

♪ I've got acres and breakers and ice makers stacking up ♪

♪ I'm trippin' over everything

and can't find half of my stuff ♪

♪ See, it used to take a little ♪

♪ And now it takes a lot

♪ Little by little it's taken everything I got ♪

♪ I want

♪ I need

♪ Caramel

♪ Give me

♪ Caffeine, nicotine, codeine, gasoline ♪

♪ HDTV, DVD, SUV

No fault single malt, Internet credit debt

♪ Hi-Fi, Wi-Fi, fee five fo five ♪

♪ 401, 501, 601, have a a dozen ♪

♪ Copay, no pay, okie dokie

♪ MySpace, Facebook, Twitter tweet, Twitter tweet ♪

♪ Instagram, half a gram, tic-toc, tic-toc ♪

♪ Money, money, money, money

♪ Money, money, money, money

♪ Money, money, money, money

[ Vibrates ]

♪ It used to take a little

♪ And now it takes a lot

Little by little it's taken everything

♪ Taken everything, taken everything I got ♪

♪ Whoo-hoo

♪♪

Whoo!

Thank you.

[ Cheers and applause ]

You don't need Prozac when you can write songs like that.

It like gets it all out, right?

I love that. I love that song.

And the first time I heard you played at the Bluebird,

I was like, "That sounds like a combination

of a Jim Photoglo and a Paul Simon kind of song."

You know? I love that. I love that.

Alright. I believe it's my turn.

And I'm going to tell a little backstory about this next song.

And you can you can tell me if I'm wrong or right.

But when Kevin and I met in Carlyn

and we got to be friends, he called me up.

And, you know, you never call me Victoria.

You always call me Vick Shaw or Victoria Shaw.

Victoria Shaw, Keb' Mo'.

It's out of respect. It's respect. Thank you.

It's like one name, Victoria Shaw.

And we got together to write, and we started...

I don't know. I guess I came in with this title or something?

I don't remember exactly how it all happened at your house,

but we have kind of different ways of writing

because he's this deep, just really cool,

take your time, mold the song, feel it in the spirit.

And I'm like by the pound,

we're going to write by the pound.

[ Laughs ] Write that song.

And we got together

and we and we started to kind of meld it.

And at one point we wrote the verse and I said,

"Okay, now we're going to go into the chorus."

And he goes, "Chorus?

No, we got to do another verse." I'm like, "No, no, no.

That'll be too long. Into the chorus."

"I don't think so." It needs to go to another."

"I'm telling you, Kevin needs to be in the verse."

Argue, argue, argue.

He goes, "Let me just play this down after we wrote the chorus."

Right? And he plays it down and he took the lyrics,

crumpled it up and he threw it at me

with a very interesting expletive,

but it was actually meant as a compliment.

[ Laughter ]

And we went on and we wrote the song.

Did I get that story accurate?

There's more to it. That's not all.

What was more?

I was trying to, like, make it all like artistic.

And you go, "No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.

None of that stuff. I got kids."

[ Laughter ] I got to feed my kids.

We're going right down to the pipe."

Get those money chords in there.

But you know what?

You know, you have to notice that when you write with me,

like, you know, it's going to be, I mean...

It's not -- it's not like, you know,

those big stars, that right those songs.

Not as many hear them, but hear it, you know,

and it's kind of like, you know.

So I kind of don't care.

[ Laughter ]

When I started my career, I just said, I'm not going after...

Yeah, and five Grammys later,

I don't think it matters that, you know.

Well, I wanted to go after, because, I mean,

no one -- no one ever liked what I did hardly ever write.

No. You know what it is?

So I just went like, "Well, if I like I, then..."

Because you started out wanting to write songs for other people,

but the songs, really, you were the one that sold them the best.

Yeah. It's very nice.

Very nice indeed.

Thank goodness I was there.

Otherwise I would have been really up creek.

Good you were there when you were writing it.

Alright, here's one. Alright.

So, we wrote this.

So, we going to do this one? Alright.

And this wasn't cut as a duet,

but we're going to do it as a duet.

Yeah. Alright.

This is one of my favorite songs.

One of my like, among...

I love the -- I love emotional things.

I love like life's irony and things that, you know,

that you can really bring into life and play in the house.

You know, I'm looking for a big hit to play the big concert.

I want to to be a hit at the house.

I like that.

You know?

So anyway, it was really a pleasure

writing this song with Victoria.

I can't believe she came over to write.

♪♪

I'll let you start and then I'll kind of come in.

♪ Nobody really thinks about it ♪

♪ When they hear the words

♪ For better or worse

♪ For better or worse

It's something that the preacher says

On your wedding day

For better or worse

For better or worse

♪ So what do we do now?

♪ It's getting harder every day ♪

♪ Do we try and work it out?

♪ Or just turn and walk away?

♪ I'm willing, if you're willing ♪

♪ To dig deep and stay up all night ♪

♪ I listen, if you listen

♪ No matter how hard it hurts ♪

♪ For better or worse

♪ For better or worse

♪♪

♪ I thought about leaving

♪ But who's to say

♪ It would be better or worse ♪

♪ For better or worse

♪ Even if I took the chance

♪ I'll just be looking for you ♪

♪ Would it be better or worse? ♪

♪ Better or worse?

♪ So what do you think

♪ That we really gonna find?

♪ I bet we gonna lose

♪ If we leave it all behind

♪ I'm willing, if you're willing ♪

♪ To dig deep and stay up all night ♪

♪ I'll listen, if you listen

♪ No matter how hard it hurts ♪

♪ For better or worse

♪ For better or worse

♪ I admit I've been stubborn

♪ And I've been stupid

♪ And I've shut you out

♪ But baby you're here now

♪ I'm willing, if you're willing ♪

♪ To dig deep and stay up all night ♪

♪ I'll listen, if you listen

♪ No matter how hard it hurts ♪

♪ I'm willing, if you're willing ♪

♪ To dig deep and stay up all night ♪

♪ I'll listen, if you listen

♪ No matter how hard it hurts

♪ For better or worse

♪ For better or worse

♪ For better or worse

♪ better or worse

♪ For better or worse

♪ Better or worse

♪ Better or worse

♪ For better or worse

♪♪

Alright.

[ Cheers and applause ]

[ Laughs ]

[ Squeals ] That was fine.

Yeah.

So, this is the part of the show where I like

to bring up an extra special guest.

We have special guest and then a special guest.

A lot of times I love to introduce emerging talent

that is really tomorrow's

big hit songwriter's, very special people.

And today's guests are no exception.

These guys, Nate, Kieran and Mark,

they originally are from across the pond,

as we say, from a town called Chelmsford, England,

Had to write that down, which of course, Chelmsford,

you know, the home of country music, as we all know.

[ Laughter ]

But they actually grew up on all sorts of music,

and, you know, country being one of them.

And their road to Nashville has a lot of detours and adventures,

and that's a whole show in itself.

So we can't get into all that.

But just let me skip to the part

where I was put together with them to write,

and they came over to my house and proceeded

to drive me crazy, okay?

They're like -- Writing with them is like herding cats.

You know, like, come on, come on, come on, focus, focus.

It's like the mother in me came out.

Okay, stop fidgeting on the guitar, stop doing this stuff.

But at the end of the day, we came out with a great song,

a really solid friendship,

and I came out with the satisfaction of knowing

that they're just a little bit afraid of me.

[ Laughs ]

We all are. I like that.

Ladies and gentlemen,

put your hands together for the next British invasion,

Essex County.

[ Cheers and applause ]

This is the part where we would hug it out,

but we can't in these times, so just.

Yeah. -Elbows.

Hell. Hello, everyone.

This is the first live gig in a while.

-Yes. -So happy to be here.

Thank you, Victoria, for having us.

Absolutely, and you know, they're actually from Jersey,

but we thought that this accent actually works really well.

[ New Jersey accent ] Y'all look great.

[ Normal voice ] I tried my best.

So you can tell them a little bit more about yourself

if you want, or upcoming projects.

Yeah, I mean, we're three brothers,

Kieran, Nathan and Mark,

and we've been in for about four years.

We've written a lot of songs with our mum

over there who's over there.

-Hello, Mother. -Yeah, hello, Mother.

-She's blond. -And if it wasn't for one song,

it brought us to Nashville about four years ago.

And then we basically played the song

in front of John McBride here in Nashville,

and then he pushed us in front of Dan Huff.

And then we ended up basically just making an EP,

And then, um, yeah, we just started

integrating into the songwriting community.

Yes. They've been pounding the pavement.

You guys have paid your dues, and now

it's starting to pay off. It's really wonderful.

Don't you have a hit video right now on CMT, right?

Yes, yeah. We have a song called "So Good,"

And it came out about five weeks ago

and it got premiered on CMT -- Country Music TV.

[ Cheers and applause ]

And we're well over half a million streams on there,

so it's like -- it's crazy really to think

that three British brothers can come here

and kind of do some something.

He was going to say nitwits, weren't you?

Nitwits, yeah, I was going to say that.

[ Laughter ]

So, we're going to play the song that we wrote.

Yes.

It was a crazy day, but it was a lot of fun.

It was fun.

Do you want to count it off?

-Yeah. -Hmm, okay.

[ Humming ]

I feel it, man. Here we go.

♪♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

♪♪

Did you ever make it to Memphis?

♪ Did you ever find that freedom you were looking for? ♪

♪♪

♪♪

♪ Funny running into you right now ♪

♪ It feels like yesterday and million years ago ♪

♪ Maybe it was meant to be somehow ♪

♪ We got this chance to say hello ♪

♪ 'Cause it's always been something I wanted to know ♪

♪ Did you ever make it to Memphis? ♪

♪ Did you ever find that freedom you were looking for? ♪

♪ Did you ever make it to Memphis? ♪

♪ 'Cause I waited, I waited, I waited, I waited ♪

♪ Till hold on anymore

♪♪

♪ Did you ever say goodbye to him? ♪

♪ Did you ever wake up one day and say enough's enough? ♪

♪ Do you ever think what might have been? ♪

♪ Do you ever think about the two of us? ♪

♪ 'Cause I hope you know that I loved you so damn much ♪

♪ Did you ever make it to Memphis? ♪

♪ Did you ever find that freedom you were looking for? ♪

♪ Did you ever make it to Memphis? ♪

♪ 'Cause I waited, I waited, I waited ♪

♪ Till I couldn't hold on anymore ♪

♪ And I couldn't be mad it at you ♪

♪ Even if I wanted to be mad at you ♪

♪ Only wanted the best for you

♪ Only wanted, girl

♪ I wanted you

♪ Did you ever make it to Memphis? ♪

♪ Did you ever find that freedom you were looking for? ♪

♪ Did you ever make it to Memphis? ♪

♪ 'Cause I waited, I waited, I waited, I waited ♪

♪ I waited, I waited

♪ Till I couldn't on any more

[ Cheers and applause ]

Essex County.

Thank you very much. Thank you.

I love you guys. That was really great.

Yeah, there's just no room for cute, sexy Englishmen

in this business, though.

[ Laughter ]

I love those -- Those accents are amazing.

That's what kept me smiling the whole day.

You know, you can't be like, stop that.

And they'd be like, [British accent] "Oh, sorry."

I'd be I like, "Okay, you're sweet.

[ Laughter and applause ]

Jim is back. I'm so glad.

Weren't they amazing? They're good, huh?

Yeah. Oh, yeah.

Yeah, they really are good.

You feel good? Everything good?

Did you take a nice little nap back there?

[ Laughter ]

Alright. We Continue with this frivolity.

This is actually your last song, Kevin.

[ Audience groans ] I know.

Oh, really? Yeah.

This goes fast. It really does.

-It really does. -That gives me the blues.

[ Laughter ]

So, you can stretch it out and tell a long story

if you don't want to leave us.

Well, this is a song.

A song...

Have you had fun?

I've had a ball. I'm so glad you came.

Thank you. It was nice getting out the house, too.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Yeah.

These guys right here.

They're having fun.

That's my table. We're all going out for breakfast.

This is like the first time, you know,

we've done anything major out of the house.

It's been nice. Yeah, it feels good.

Alright. So anyway, this is, you know...

I'm always a little behind.

But I mean, like I like to write songs

about things that happen

because things are happening all the time, you know?

So I'd like to dig in and like get around

not really writing about what's actually happening,

but just kind of like just get in there

and find some kind of emotion that is everywhere.

You know? So this song is about immigrants.

Alright, I'm going to play the song for you now.

Alright,

I got to get my tip on. Hang on.

Let me -- let me get -- Let me find my beat here.

♪♪

♪ Lupe came here from Mexico

♪ About three or four years ago ♪

♪ And the journey

♪ The journey, The journey was long ♪

♪ She got a job at a local factory ♪

♪ Sent money back home to her family ♪

♪ She said this is where I belong ♪

♪ This is my home

♪ This is where I belong

♪♪

♪ A man arrived from Pakistan

♪ A stranger in the promised land ♪

♪ Mohammed, Mohammed is finally free ♪

♪♪

♪ He drove day and night in a taxi cab ♪

♪ When people got mean he didn't get mad ♪

♪ 'Cause he knew this is where I belong ♪

♪♪

♪ La la, la, la

♪ La, la, la-la

♪ La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la ♪

♪ Lupe had school on Monday night ♪

♪ When a man walked in who looked just right ♪

♪ Mohammed and Lupe were fallin' in love ♪

♪♪

♪ Well they raised a beautiful family ♪

♪ Taught them all their history ♪

♪ They know this is where they belong ♪

♪ Do know that this is their home ♪

♪ And this is where they belong ♪

♪ My people came over from Africa ♪

♪ To North and South America

♪ And the journey

♪ The journey, The journey was long ♪

♪ They sacrificed and they paid the price ♪

♪ So I could live this wonderful life ♪

♪ And I know this is where I belong ♪

♪ This is my home

♪ This is where I belong

♪♪

♪ I said La la, la, la,

♪ La, la, la-la

♪ La-la la, la, la, la, la, la, la ♪

♪ This is my home

♪ This is where I belong

♪ This is my home

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you.

Your voice just like soothes my soul. I love it.

Thank you. Thank you so much for being here. Mm!

Thank you, Victoria Shaw.

[ Cheers and applause ]

This has been one of my favorite, favorite nights,

Just -- I just knew it was going to be so special

because as you can tell,

we're just friends having fun.

And I so appreciate you all coming tonight.

And I so appreciate you, Kevin,

for gracing us with your beautiful voice and songs.

Thank you so much.

And I want to thank Essex County,

who just did a tremendous job.

Those guys are amazing.

And my buddy Jim Photoglo,

who, like I said, you know, once you film

the birth of their child, you're close. Okay?

I'm going to ask him to finish off the night

with an iconic, iconic country song.

Well, actually it was a pop song as well.

So this song burst on the scene in 1987.

It is still iconic.

There's nobody who doesn't know the song seriously

and who doesn't start to sing along when they hear it.

It's got so many plays on the radio,

so many plays on YouTube, it's tremendous.

And he has to finish the show with this.

So I want to thank you all for coming and thank you

for making it so much fun for us,

And Jimmy, take us home.

I want to take a minute or second,

a nanosecond to thank my friend Wendy Waldman,

who I wrote this song with, who was the one

who convinced me to come to Nashville.

God bless her, because this did okay.

♪♪

♪ Whoo-hoo

♪ Lazy yellow moon comin' up tonight ♪

♪ Shinin' through the trees

♪ Crickets are singin' and lightnin' bugs ♪

♪ Are floatin' on the breeze

♪ Baby get ready

♪♪

♪ Across the field where the crick turns back ♪

♪ By the old stone road

♪ I'm gonna take you to a special place ♪

♪ That nobody knows

♪ Baby get ready

♪ Oowie

♪ You and me goin' fishin' in the dark ♪

♪ Lyin' on our backs and countin' the stars ♪

♪ Where the cool grass grows

♪ Down by the river in the full moonlight ♪

♪ We'll be fallin' in love in the middle of the night ♪

♪ Just movin' slow

♪ Stayin' the whole night through ♪

♪ Feels so good to be with you

♪♪

♪♪

♪ Spring is nearly over and the summer's comin' ♪

♪ The days are gettin' long

♪ Waited all winter for the time to be right ♪

♪ Just to take you along

♪ Baby get ready

♪♪

♪ And it don't matter if we sit forever ♪

♪ And the fish don't bite

♪ Jump in the river and cool ourselves ♪

♪ From the heat of the night

♪ Baby get ready

Ooh

♪ You and me goin' fishin' in the dark ♪

♪ Lyin' on our backs and countin' the stars ♪

♪ Where the cool grass grows

♪ Down by the river in the full moonlight ♪

♪ We'll be fallin' in love in the middle of the night ♪

♪ Just movin' slow

♪ Stayin' the whole night through ♪

♪ It feels so good to be with

♪ You and me goin' fishin' in the dark ♪

♪ You and me goin' fishin' in the dark ♪

♪ Lyin' on our backs and countin' the stars ♪

♪ Where the cool grass grows

♪ I said down by the river in the full moonlight ♪

♪ Down by the river in the full moonlight ♪

♪ We'll be fallin' in love in the middle of the night ♪

♪ Just movin' slow

♪ Stayin' the whole night through ♪

♪ It feels so good to be with you ♪

♪♪

[ Guitar solo ]

♪♪

♪♪

♪♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you so much.

Keb' Mo', Jim Photoglo, Essex Country

Thank you so much.

[ Cheers and applause ]

See you next time.

♪ He drove day and night in a taxi cab ♪

♪ When people got mean he didn't get mad ♪

♪ 'Cause he knew this is where I belong ♪

♪♪

♪ La la, la, la

♪ La, la, la-la

♪ La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la ♪

♪ Lupe had school on Monday night ♪

♪ When a man walked in who looked just right ♪

♪ Mohammed and Lupe were fallin' in love ♪

♪♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

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