Preservation Hall w/Tom Waits, Jim James, Buddy Miller & More

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Preservation Hall w/Tom Waits, Jim James, Buddy Miller & More

I have to admit that I’ve been merely curious about New Orleans’ Preservation Hall collaboration album. I love nearly all the artists the legendary jazz band enlisted for their album out Feb. 16, but this kind of thing doesn’t always work. Then the teaser video below got me as excited as anything else coming out this year (and that’s even without a note from Tom Waits).

Beginning with a clip from Louis Armstrong, the video goes on to prove that Del McCoury, Jason Isbell, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Jim James, Amy LaVere, Pete Seeger, Buddy Miller, Brandi Carlile, Paolo Nutini, Ani DiFranco, Richie Havens, Andrew Bird, Cory Chisel, Dr. John and Steve Earle all sound even better when backed by one of the nation’s finest jazz ensembles.

Now the whole album is streaming at, and Tom Waits doing “Tootie Ma Was a Big Fine Thing” is so wonderful, that I’m going to quit typing so I can pick my jaw up off my desk. Mark Feb. 16 on your calendar, and go buy Preservation. Your money will help keep the Hall alive, and it may just be the coolest thing you hear all year.

1. Andrew Bird – “Shake It and Break It”
2. Paolo Nutini – “Between the Devil and Deep Blue Sea”
3. Tom Waits – “Tootie Ma Is A Big Fine Thing”
4. Yim Yames – “Louisiana Fairytale”
5. Del McCoury – “After You’ve Gone”
6. Ani DiFranco – “Freight Train”
7. Pete Seeger & Tao Rodriguez-Seeger – “Blue Skies (Comin My Way)”
8. Jason Isbell – “Nobody Knows You”
9. Brandi Carlile – “Old Rugged Cross”
10. Richie Havens – “Trouble in Mind”
11. Merle Haggard – “Basin Street Blues”
12. Blind Boys of Alabama – “There is a Light”
13. Dr. John – “Winin’ Boy”
14. Louis Armstrong – “Rockin’ Chair”
15. Amy LaVere – “Baby Won’t You Please Come Home”
16. Steve Earle – “Tain’t Nobody’s Business”
17. Cory Chisel – “Some Cold Rainy Day”
18. Buddy Miller – “I Ain’t Got Nobody”
19. Angelique Kidjo with Terence Blanchard – “La Vie En Rose”