University of Massachusetts Amherst
Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award from Americana Music Association
Selected for membership in Blues Hall of Fame
Designated Offiical Blues Artist of Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Recorded album with kori musician Toumani Diabate
Won Best Contemporary Blues Album for Senor Blues
Recorded music for "Mule Bone"
Returned to recording after several years' absence with Hawaiian influenced Taj
Wrote the film score to "Sounder"
Released self-titled solo debut
Joined and recorded with Rising Sons, which also featured Ry Cooder
Popular songs include "Honky Tonk Women" and "John The Revelator".
Known for such albums as "Phantom Blues"
He adopted his stage name at some point between 1959 and 1961 after it came to him in a dream.
In addition to his soundtrack work for "Sounder" and "Brothers," Mahal was part of an all-star lineup for "The Hot Spot" (1990), which featured collaborations with John Lee Hooker and Miles Davis.
Composed the theme song to the PBS series "Peep and the Big Wide World."
The Rising Sons' album went unreleased until Columbia's Legacy imprint released it in 1993 as The Rising Sons Featuring Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder.
Performed four songs for the "Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus" in 1968.