B.B. King's next album, "Reflections," will find the veteran artist exploring jazz, pop, and even country standards, as well as his trademark blues. Due June 10 via MCA, the set finds King performing
B.B. King's next album, "Reflections," will find the veteran artist exploring jazz, pop, and even country standards, as well as his trademark blues. Due June 10 via MCA, the set finds King performing songs associated with Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, and Willie Nelson, among others. A 5.1 Dolby surround sound/SACD version of the album will be released June 24.
Among those songs is Armstrong's signature "What a Wonderful World," and two other standards he and many others recorded: "I Want a Little Girl" and "Exactly Like You." Other cuts King tackles on "Reflections" include Pat Best and Deek Watson's "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons," separately a hit for both Cole and Sam Cooke, and "Always on My Mind," a song famously recorded by Nelson as well as Elvis Presley.
King delves in the blues with covers of Clyde Otis' "A Mother's Love" and Lonnie Johnson's "Tomorrow Night," as well as new recordings of his own "On My Word of Honor" and "Neighborhood Affair," which date to the 1950s and '70s, respectively.
The 13-track album was produced by Simon Climie, who was behind the boards for 2000's hit King/Eric Clapton collaboration "Riding With the King" (Duck/Reprise). Backing King is a stellar band that features fellow legend Joe Sample (piano/keyboards), guitarist Doyle Bramhall II (Clapton, Sheryl Crow), bassist Nathan East (Clapton, Michael Jackson), Tim Carmon (Clapton, Macy Gray) on Hammond B3 organ and piano, and drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. (Paul McCartney, Fiction Plane).
Not surprisingly, the hard touring King will be found on the road over the next several months. A spring tour kicks off tonight (April 24) in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., and will wrap with a pair of June 15-16 shows at the New York club that bears his name. A handful of August shows are also already on his busy schedule, some of which will feature support from Galactic and Jeff Beck.
Here is the "Reflections" track list:
"Exactly Like You"
"On My Word of Honor"
"I Want a Little Girl"
"I'll String Along With You"
"I Need You So"
"A Mother's Love"
"(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons"
"There I've Said It Again"
"Always on My Mind"
"Cross My Heart"
"What a Wonderful World"
Here are King's confirmed tour dates:
April 24: Mt. Pleasant, Mich. (Soaring Eagle Casino)
April 25: Muncie, Ind. (Emens Auditorium)
April 26: De Kalb, Ill. (Convocation Center)
April 27: Urbana, Ill. (Lincoln Square)
May 10, 12: Boston (Symphony Hall)
May 13: Peoria, Ill. (Civic Center Arena)
May 14: Springfield, Mo. (Shrine Mosque)
May 16: Wichita, Kan. (Century II Convention Center)
May 17: Lincoln, Neb. (Lied Center)
May 18: Urbandale, Iowa (Valau Ballroom)
May 19: Cedar Falls, Iowa (Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center)
May 20: Davenport, Iowa (Adler Theatre)
May 21: Green Bay, Wis. (Weidner Center)
May 23: Tulsa, Okla. (River Park Amphitheatre)
May 24: Lubbock, Texas (Lubbock Municipal Auditorium)
May 25: Oklahoma City, Okla. (Zoo Amphitheatre)
June 2: New York (Apollo Theatre)
June 6: Indianola, Miss. (Fletcher Park)
June 7: Hattiesburg, Miss. (TBA)
June 8: Canton, Miss. (TBA)
June 12: Hyannis, Mass. (Cape Cod Melody Tent)
June 13: Northampton, Mass. (Calvin Theater)
June 14: Big Flats, N.Y. (Budweiser Summer Stage)
June 15-16: New York (B.B. King's Blues Club)
Aug. 1: Concord, Calif. (Chronicle Pavilion)
Aug. 14: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center)
Aug. 20: Cleveland (Scene Pavilion)