Blues on the Bayou

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Blues on the Bayou
Studio album by B. B. King
Released October 20, 1998
Recorded 1998 at Dockside Studio, Maurice, LA.
Genre Blues, R&B, soul
Label MCA Records
Producer B.B. King
B. B. King chronology
Best of King
Blues on the Bayou
Live in Japan
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Blues on the Bayou is the thirty sixth studio album by B. B. King, released in 1998.

In the CD liner notes, B.B. King writes: "Of the many records Lucille and I have had the pleasure of recording over the years, this one is especially close to my heart. It's also one of the most relaxed and, for me, satisfying [...] No one was telling us what to do. No one needed to tell us what to do." He adds that he considers the band playing on this album as his best ever and that he got to the studio with the idea of keeping the music simple ("I've felt the urge to go back to basics."). With this state of mind, the record was cut in four days: "Found some old B. B. King songs. Wrote some new ones. [...] All live, all real. No overdubs, no high-tech tricks. Just basic blues."

The album won the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Blues Boys Tune" - 3:25 (B.B. King)
  2. "Bad Case of Love" - 5:28 (B.B. King)
  3. "I'll Survive" - 4:53 (B.B. King and Sam Ling)
  4. "Mean Ole' World" - 4:29 (B.B. King)
  5. "Blues Man" - 5:20 (B.B. King)
  6. "Broken Promise" - 3:34 (B.B. King and Sam Ling)
  7. "Darlin' What Happened" - 5:26 (B.B. King and Sam Ling)
  8. "Shake It Up and Go" - 3:10 (B.B. King and J. Taub)
  9. "Blues We Like" - 5:08 (B.B. King ?)
  10. "Good Man Gone Bad" - 3:20 (B.B. King, J. Taub, and F. Walsh)
  11. "If I Lost You" - 4:57 (B.B. KIng and J. Taub)
  12. "Tell Me Baby" - 3:26 (B.B. King and Sam Ling)
  13. "I Got Some Outside Help I Don't Need" - 4:37 (B.B. KIng and D. Clark)
  14. "Blues in G" - 3:28 (B.B. King)
  15. "If That Ain't It I Quit" - 3:20 (B.B. King)


  • B.B. King - Guitar, vocals
  • James Bolden - Bandleader, trumpet
  • Walter R. King - Contractor
  • Tony Coleman - Percussion
  • Calep Emphrey Jr. - Drums
  • Melvin Jackson - Saxophone
  • Leon Warren - Guitar
  • Michael Doster - Bass
  • James Sells Toney - Keyboards
  • Stanley Abernathy - Trumpet
  • Phil Marshall - String arrangements
  • Tony Daigle - Recording engineer
  • Jim Watts - Assistant recording engineer
  • John Porter - Mixing
  • Joe McGrath - Mixing engineer
  • Stephen Marcussen - Mastering
  • B.B. King - Producer
  • Sidney A. Seidenberg - Executive producer

Recorded at Dockside Studio, Maurice, LA; Mixed at Sound Castle, Los Angeles, CA; Mastered at Precision Lacquer, Hollywood, CA