B.B. King to release covers album with T-Bone Burnett

B.B. King  has traveled around the world, released over 50 albums, won 14 Grammy Awards (not including the Lifetime Achievement Award) and so epitomizes the term "bluesman" that he can teach his guitar, Lucille, how to play in Hebrew on Shalom Sesame without losing one ounce of the note-bending cred he's earned from defining his genre for the greater part of the past century.

In a tip-his-hat move this week, King announced he will release One Kind Favor on Aug. 26 with Geffen Records, produced by the ever-occupiedT-Bone Burnett. The album is made up of covers of songs that influenced the King of the Blues early in his career, its aesthetic mimicking that 1950s era in both recording technique and the brand of blues band King played with in those years. Funk/blues great Dr. John joins on piano for several tracks.

Some tracks that will be included on the album (with their original recording artist) are as follows:
"See That My Grave Is Kept Clean” (Blind 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 and Lonnie Chatmon)
“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)
“Tomorrow Night” (Lonnie Johnson)

Related links:
BBKing.com
TBoneBurnett.com
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