Worldly blues is what Taj Mahal so easily and uniquely creates, his music earning several Grammy Awards for its natural appeal and draw from many inspirations. As a boy, Henry Saint Clair Fredericks Jr. [Taj Mahal] grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts, his young life filled with music from his gospel choir-involved mother and jazz arranger and pianist father, whose background in the West Indies brought the young Fredericks insight into many new genres. His love of more worldly music deepened from a shortwave radio his family owned which broadcast music from around the world. It was no small surprise when he began to create music of his own, on an acoustic blues guitar for starters, as a teenager. From there, Fredericks became Taj Mahal and the rest is history, leaving the man as one of the greatest musicians of this generation. According to buffaBLOG, Taj Mahal is “a true bluesman in the traditional sense of the word, touring the country, playing his music, telling stories, keeping the blues tradition alive.” Listen to the tradition and legend tonight at the Pabst Theater, as Taj Mahal appears with WMSE’s own, Paul Cebar for an all-ages show at 8 p.m.