2019 album. Tribute to Fats Domino and Chuck Berry. Also available on CD.
The one and only Mr George Benson gets back to Americana basics on ‘Walking to New Orleans’, the jazz guitar legend's tribute to both piano-pounding hit machine Fats Domino and the original rock guitar hero and poet, Chuck Berry. ‘Walking to New Orleans’ is Benson's first recording since 2013's ‘Inspiration’: A Tribute to Nat King Cole, but it couldn’t be more different. Where Benson embellished Cole's cool tunes with lush orchestral arrangements, ‘Walking to New Orleans’ came about by hunkering down in a Music Row studio, with a quartet of first-call Nashville cats. This is Benson's 45th album, and few sound as loose-limbed and flat-out fun.
“I’m a great appreciator of the music made by both of those guys,” says Benson, who reanimates their genius with his signature soulful vocals and buttery solos. “Chuck Berry was a great showman and a great musician, and Fats Domino cut nothing but hit after hit after hit….We did have us a ball making this record”.