Koko Taylor

Royal Blue

Royal Blue
The Queen is joined by B.B. King, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Keb' Mo' and Johnnie Johnson on her hardest-rocking, most contemporary album. Grammy nominee. "Raucous, gritty good-time blues...rough, raw and wonderfully upbeat" - PEOPLE

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PRODUCED BY Koko Taylor, Criss Johnson and Bruce Iglauer
BAND ARRANGEMENTS BY Criss Johnson
RECORDED AND MIXED BY David Axelbaum
ADDITIONAL RECORDING BY Chris Steinmetz, Rob Bochnik ...
PRODUCED BY Koko Taylor, Criss Johnson and Bruce Iglauer
BAND ARRANGEMENTS BY Criss Johnson
RECORDED AND MIXED BY David Axelbaum
ADDITIONAL RECORDING BY Chris Steinmetz, Rob Bochnik and Jay Baumgardner
RECORDED AT Chicago Recording Co. and Streeterville Studios, Chicago, IL
MIXED AT Electrical Audio, Chicago, IL
ADDITIONAL RECORDING AT Chicago Trax and Electrical Audio, Chicago, IL and NRG Recording, N. Hollywood, CA
RECORDING AND MIXING ASSISTANCE BY Rob Bochnik, Greg Norman, Russ Arbuthnot, Evan Hollinder, Dylan Ely, Tom Agnold, and Chad Dennis
MASTERED BY Jeff Hillman and Bruce Iglauer at Monster Disc, Chicago, IL
PACKAGING DESIGN BY Matt Minde

PHOTOS
Outside Photos by Chris Jacobs
Booklet Photos by Paul Natkin/Photo Reserve
Photo of B.B. King courtesy of Joyce Threatt

SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Sid Seidenberg, Tom Tom MMLXXXIV, John Boncimino, Ken Shepherd & 3Way Productions, and Margot Lewis


Liner Notes

SAVE YOUR BREATH 4:11
(Kathi McDonald & John King, Jam Time Music, SOCAN)
Koko Taylor, Vocals
Criss Johnson, Guitars
Dolpha Fowler, Jr., Organ
Kenny Hampton, Bass
Kriss T. Johnson, Jr., Drums

HITTIN' ON ME 3:32
(Buddy Johnson, Sophisticate Music, BMI)
Koko Taylor, Vocals
Criss Johnson, Guitar
Johnnie Johnson, Piano
Dolpha Fowler, Jr., Organ
Kenny Hampton, Bass
Kriss T. Johnson, Jr., Drums

BRING ME SOME WATER 5:21
(Melissa Etheridge, MLE Music/Almo Music, ASCAP)
Koko Taylor, Vocals
Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Lead Guitar
Criss Johnson, Rhythm Guitar
Dolpha Fowler, Jr., Organ
Kenny Hampton, Bass
Kriss T. Johnson, Jr., Drums
Kenny Wayne Shpherd appears courtesy of Giant/Reprise Records


BUT ON THE OTHER HAND 4:43
(Ray Charles and Percy Mayfield, Tangerine Music, BMI)
Koko Taylor, Vocals
Criss Johnson, Guitars
Johnnie Johnson, Piano
Kenny Hampton, Bass
Kriss T. Johnson, Jr., Drums

DON'T LET ME CATCH YOU (WITH YOUR DRAWERS DOWN) 4:12
(Koko Taylor, Eyeball Music, BMI)
Koko Taylor, Vocals
Criss Johnson, Guitars
Dolpha Fowler, Jr., Organ
Kenny Hampton, Bass
Kriss T. Johnson, Jr., Drums

BLUES HOTEL 4:23
(John Hahn, Avarice and Greed Publ./Jon Tiven Music, BMI)
Koko Taylor, Vocals
B.B. King, Lead Guitar & Vocals
Criss Johnson, Rhythm Guitar
Ken Saydak, Piano
Kenny Hampton, Bass
Kriss T. Johnson, Jr., Drums
B.B. King appears courtesy of MCA/Universal Records
Ken Saydak appears courtesy of Delmark Records


FUEL TO BURN 3:51
(E.G. Kight, Richard Fleming & Sunny Stephens, Georgia Songbird Music, BMI/Kight Flying Music, ASCAP/Air Deluxe Publishing, BMI)
Koko Taylor, Vocals
Criss Johnson, Guitars
Dolpha Fowler, Jr., Organ
Kenny Hampton, Bass
Kriss T. Johnson, Jr., Drums

THE MAN NEXT DOOR 5:15
(Koko Taylor, Eyeball Music, BMI)
Koko Taylor, Vocals
Keb' Mo', National Steel Guitar, Harmonica & Vocals
Keb' Mo' appears courtesy of Sony/550 Music

OLD WOMAN 4:31
(Koko Taylor, Eyeball Music, BMI)
Koko Taylor, Vocals
Mark Colby, Tenor Sax
Criss Johnson, Guitar
Dolpha Fowler, Jr., Organ
Kenny Hampton, Bass
Kriss T. Johnson, Jr., Drums

ERNESTINE 5:04
(Koko Taylor, Eyeball Music, BMI)
Koko Taylor, Vocals
Matthew Skoller, Harmonica
Criss Johnson, Guitar
Johnnie Johnson, Piano
Kenny Hampton, Bass
Kriss T. Johnson, Jr., Drums

KEEP YOUR BOOTY OUT OF MY BED 4:38
(John Ward & Ollie Hoskins, Ecko South Publishing, BMI)
Koko Taylor, Vocals
Criss Johnson, Guitars
Dolpha Fowler, Jr., Organ
Kenny Hampton, Bass
Kriss T. Johnson, Jr., Drums

KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT AND YOUR EYES OPEN 3:48
(Jean Wells, IZA Music, BMI)
Koko Taylor, Vocals
Criss Johnson, Guitars
Dolpha Fowler, Jr., Organ
Kenny Hampton, Bass
Kriss T. Johnson, Jr., Drums
with
The Tom Tom MMLXXXIV Horns:
Larry Bowen, Trumpet; Jerry DiMuzio, Alto Sax;
Mark Colby, Tenor Sax; Steve Berry, Trombone;
Willie Henderson, Baritone Sax

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Quotes

"The queen of Chicago blues keeps it real..her voice is a growling, stomping powerhouse..this blues lioness still has her bite and plenty of roar"
- ROLLING STONE



    Track Name Duration  
Play Preview 1 Save Your Breath
Author/Publisher:  Kathi McDonald & John King, Jam Time Music, SOCAN
4:11
Play Preview 2 Hittin' On Me
Author/Publisher:  Buddy Johnson, Sophisticate Music, BMI
3:32
Play Preview 3 Bring Me Some Water
Author/Publisher:  Melissa Etheridge, MLE Music/Almo Music, ASCAP
5:21
Play Preview 4 But On The Other Hand
Author/Publisher:  Ray Charles & Percy Mayfield, Tangerine Music, BMI
4:43
Play Preview 5 Don't Let Me Catch You With Your Drawers Down
Author/Publisher:  Koko Taylor, Eyeball Music, BMI
4:12
Play Preview 6 Blues Hotel
Author/Publisher:  John Hahn & Jon Tiven, Avarice & Greed Publ./Jon Tiven Music, BMI
4:23
Play Preview 7 Fuel To Burn
Author/Publisher:  E.G. Kight, Ricahrd Fleming & Sunny Stephens, Georgia Songbird Music, BMI/Kight Flying Music, ASCAP/Air Deluxe Publ., BMI
3:51
Play Preview 8 The Man Next Door
Author/Publisher:  Koko Taylor, Eyeball Music, BMI
5:15
Play Preview 9 Old Woman
Author/Publisher:  Koko Taylor, Eyeball Music, BMI
4:31
Play Preview 10 Ernestine
Author/Publisher:  Koko Taylor, Eyeball Music, BMI
5:04
Play Preview 11 Keep Your Booty Out Of My Bed
Author/Publisher:  John Ward & Ollie Hoskins, Ecko South Publishing, BMI
4:38
Play Preview 12 Keep Your Mouth Shut And Your Eyes Open
Author/Publisher:  Jean Wells, IZA Music, BMI
3:48
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