"One Kind Favor" by B.B. King
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. Produced by T Bone Burnett (who also produced albums for other great musicians like Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Roy Orbison, and 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 26, 2008.
One Kind Favor was created to sound like the era from which its inspired. To get this 1950's 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. They even went so far as to have the studio conditions of the time reproduced. The result is a beautiful vintage sounding album.
For more than 60 years, 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 50 albums, many of them classics, won 14 Grammy® Awards, been inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Medal of the Arts, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award and the NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers) Chairman’s Award, among many other awards.
In a special ceremony at the Library of Congress, the Librarian of Congress James H. Billington presented B.B. with a “Living Legend” medal in honor of his achievements as a musician and ambassador for the blues. After 10,000 concerts, B.B. King continues to bring his music to audiences around the globe spending the better part of each year on the road with his beloved guitar, “Lucille.”
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