I’ve only heard three tracks so far, but this new album by BB King looks and sounds “the business”. Released in August and produced by T Bone Burnett, it features a set of old songs played by a band that includes Dr. John, Nathan East and Jim Keltner. The recording was done in the style of the fifties, and to my ears the tracks I’ve heard sound great – rather than have a load of guest musicians sprinkling stuff over every track, there’s a coherent sound to each song, with the tight rhythm section keeping it all together. I’m looking forward to hearing the whole album.
The full track listing for One Kind Favor, along with the name of the artist who originally recorded the track, is:” See That My Grave Is Kept Clean” (Lemon Jefferson), “I Get So Weary” (T-Bone Walker), “Get These Blues Off Me” (Lee Vida Walker), “How Many More Years” (Chester Burnett), “Waiting For Your Call” (Oscar Lollie), “My Love Is Down” (Lonnie Johnson), “The World Is Gone Wrong” ( Walter Vinson, also known as Walter Jacobs, and Lonnie Chatmon, core members of the Mississippi Sheiks), “Blues Before Sunrise” (John Lee Hooker), “Midnight Blues” (John Willie “Shifty” Henry), “Backwater Blues” (Big Bill Broonzy), “Sitting On Top Of The World” (Walter Vinson and Lonnie Chatmon) and “Tomorrow Night” (Lonnie Johnson).