One Kind Favor (2008)
|Artist: B. B. King|
|B.B. King returns to his blues roots with the help of producer T Bone Burnett on "One Kind Favor,". The legendary artist is backed on the effort by pianist Dr. John, drummer Jim Keltner and bassist Nathan East. The track list includes such blues chestnuts as Big Bill Broonzy's "Backwater Blues," Lonnie Johnson's "Tomorrow Night," Blind Lemon Jefferson's "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" and T-Bone Walker's "I Get So Weary."|
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Personnel: B.B. King (vocals, guitar, electric guitar); Johnny Lee Schell (guitar); Jeffrey Clayton, Keith Fiddmont (alto saxophone); Rickey Woodard, Thomas R. Peterson, Charles Owens II, Charles Owens (tenor saxophone); Ernie Fields Jr. (baritone saxophone); Darrell Leonard, Snooky Young (trumpet); Ira Nepus (trombone); Randall Aldcroft, Alexander Iles (euphonium); Dr. John (piano); Neil Larsen (Hammond b-3 organ); Mike Elizondo (acoustic bass, electric bass); Nathan East (acoustic bass); Jim Keltner, Jay Bellerose (drums, percussion).|
|Audio Mixer: Mike Piersante.|
|Recording information: ElectroMagnetic Studio, Los Angeles, CA; The Village Recorder, Los Angeles, CA.|
|Photographer: Kevin Westenberg.|
|Arrangers: Darrell Leonard; Geoff Muldaur.|
|Though he's created some of the most essential, elemental blues in musical history, B.B. King has never shied away from exploring different directions, and some might say he's occasionally ventured too far afield. ONE KIND FAVOR should silence those doubters; with the help of superproducer T-Bone Burnett's roots noir approach, it finds King delivering gritty, impassioned interpretations of the tunes that influenced him in the 1950s. From his soulful, syncopated take on Blind Lemon Jefferson's country blues classic "See That My Grave is Kept Clean" to the Chicago-style stomping takeover of the Mississippi Sheiks' "The World Is Gone Wrong," King proves that at the age of 82 he can still turn out fiery, energetic music as undeniably vital as anything being produced by artists a third of his age.|
Producer: T-Bone Burnett; T-Bone Burnett
Engineer: Mike Piersante; Emile Kelman; Vanessa Parr; Jason Wormer
Associated Artists and Works
|Release Date : 09/29/2008|
|Original Release Date : 2008|
|Catalog ID : 1781241|
|Label : Geffen|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00602517812413|
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "King is front and center, with a killer backing band....King is heartbreakingly intimate on standards like Blind Lemon Jefferson's 'See That My Grave Is Kept Clean' and John Lee Hooker's 'Blues Before Sunrise.'"
- Ranked #17 in Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums Of 2008 -- "America's most famous bluesman lived his version of the stories in these standards."
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "ONE KIND FAVOR returns B.B. King to the studio setting of the '50s, complete with a true stereo sound and an intimate, first-take ambiance. It's back-to-the-basics B.B., and it's his best album in years..."
- "[O]ne of his strongest in decades....B.B.'s vocals and guitar skills are still top rate."
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "He and Lucille are still as one and the guitar licks come exquisite and often."
- "Elegiac by intent, the record is awash in poignancy, radiating from the deeply felt guitar and vocal performances of the 83-year-old King and his supporting band and from the carefully chosen material."
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "The song choices are all outstanding....[The songs] give King lots of room for his road-weary, half-shouted vocals and bent-note adorned guitar work..."
His reign as King of the Blues has been as long as that of any monarch on earth. Yet B.B. King continues to wear his crown well. At age 76, he is still light on his feet, singing and playing the blues with relentless passion. Time has no apparent effect on B.B., other than to make him more popular, more cherished, more relevant than ever. Don't look for him in some kind of semi-retirement; look for him out on the road, playing for people, popping up in a myriad of T.V. commercials, or laying down tracks for his next album. B.B. King is as alive as the music he plays, and a grateful world can't get enough of him.
For more than half a century, Riley B. King - better known as B.B. King - has defined the blues for a worldwide audience. Since he started recording in the 1940s, he has released over fifty albums, many of them classics. He was born September 16, 1925, on a plantation in Itta Bena, Mississippi, near Indianola. In his youth, he played on street corners for dimes, and would sometimes play in as many as four towns a night. In 1947, he hitchhiked to Memphis, TN, to pursue his music career. Memphis was where every important musician of the South gravitated, and which supported a large musical community where every style of African American music could be found. B.B. stayed with his cousin Bukka White, one of the most celebrated blues performers of his time, who schooled B.B. further in the art of the blues.
B.B.'s first big break came in 1948 when he performed on Sonny Boy Williamson's radio program on KWEM out of West Memphis. This led to steady engagements at the Sixteenth Avenue Grill in West Memphis, and later to a ten-minute spot on black-staffed and managed Memphis radio station WDIA. "King's Spot" became so popular, it was expanded and became the "Sepia Swing Club." Soon B.B. needed a catchy radio name. What started out as Beale Street Blues Boy was shortened to Blues Boy King, and eventually B.B. King.
In the mid-1950s, while B.B. was performing at a dance in Twist, Arkansas, a few fans became unruly. Two men got into a fight and knocked over a kerosene stove, setting fire to the hall. B.B. raced outdoors to safety with everyone else, then realized that he left his beloved $30 acoustic guitar inside, so he rushed back inside the burning building to retrieve it, narrowly escaping death. When he later found out that the fight had been over a woman named Lucille, he decided to give the name to his guitar to remind him never to do a crazy thing like fight over a woman. Ever since, each one of B.B.'s trademark Gibson guitars has been called Lucille.