We started this track in West Africa with a musical group named Tinariwen. We asked them to play a groove in the key of G, then as we traveled the world we added more musicians to the song. Over the course of our travels, it transformed into a global jam with its roots in the blues.
Malcolm John Rebennack (Nov 20, 1941 - June 6, 2019), better known by his stage name Dr. John, was an American singer and songwriter. His music combined blues, pop, jazz, boogie-woogie and rock and roll (Wikipedia).
In honor of blues legend Robert Johnson's birthday, Playing for Change shares "Walking Blues," featuring Keb' Mo' along with musicians from six countries. Originally written and recorded by Son House in 1930. The PFC version starts in Argentina with Roberto Luti and Nico Bereciartua playing slide guitars, and adds friends to create a blues jam around the world.
The pride of the Late Show, Jon Batiste, performs the song from his album 'Hollywood Africans' that earned a Grammy nomination for Best American Roots Performance. 'Saint James Infirmary Blues.'