Blues on the Bayou

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Blues on the Bayou
Blues on the Bayou cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 20, 1998
Recorded1998 at Dockside Studio, Maurice, LA.
GenreBlues, R&B, soul
LabelMCA Records
ProducerB.B. King
B. B. King chronology
Best of King
Blues on the Bayou
Live in Japan
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 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]

All tracks composed by B.B. King; except where indicated

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


  • 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
  • Gary Ashley - A&R
  • Sidney A. Seidenberg - Executive producer

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