The King of the Blues is set to release a new album featuring covers of old blues songs from B.B. King's early influences.
With production by T Bone Burnett (Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello) the set revisits the music that influenced B.B. in the 1950s, the beginning of King's extraordinary professional journey that, literally, changed the texture of modern blues playing. One Kind Favor will be released on Geffen Records August 26th.
Recorded at The Village Recorder in Los Angeles, CA One Kind Favor is meant to sound like an album recorded in the 50s. To get this sound Burnett and King replicated the kind of blues band King had back in the day bringing in some of the greats – Dr. John on piano, Nathan East on stand up acoustic bass and Jim Keltner on drums, to name a few.
Studio conditions of the time were reproduced. The result is a vintage sounding album filled with the songs that influenced King in his early days as an artist.
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).