GOIN’ HOME: A Tribute to Fats Domino


Icons from the world of rock, blues, reggae, pop and country music have joined together to salute the genius of legendary piano man FATS DOMINO for the upcoming double CD set, Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino.

Goin’ Home is set for a September 25th release on Vanguard Records. This stellar tribute to one of the cornerstones of rock n’ roll music will help raise desperately needed funds specifically earmarked for instruments to be donated to New Orleans’ public school children.

Monies raised from the sales of Goin’ Home will also go towards creating a community center in the Crescent City’s still ravaged Lower 9th Ward. Proceeds of Goin’ Home will fund additional community related programs.

The Tipitina’s Foundation, a 501 ©(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to preserving the cultural legacy of New Orleans through music education for the youth and providing programs that support working musicians of New Orleans and the Gulf Region, conceived and executive produced Goin’ Home.

The roster of music royalty contributing their interpretations of classic Fats Domino songs include: Sir Elton John (Blueberry Hill), Sir Paul McCartney (I Want To Walk You Home), Tom Petty (I’m Walkin’), Robert Plant (It Keeps Rainin’), Willie Nelson (I Hear You Knockin’), B.B. King (Goin’ Home) and Neil Young (Walking To New Orleans).

Goin’ Home will also feature the late John Lennon’s version of Fats’ most popular song, “Ain’t That A Shame.”

In addition, some of modern music’s most prolific artists have contributed their time and talent including Lenny Kravitz, Norah Jones, Lucinda Williams, Ben Harper with The Skatalites, Toots and The Maytals, Taj Mahal, Herbie Hancock and Bonnie Raitt.
Up and coming stars such as Marc Broussard with Sam Bush, Corrine Bailey Rae and Joss Stone with blues master Buddy Guy have recorded their renditions for this unique compilation.

The participation of some of New Orleans’ greatest musicians has been paramount in the process of recording of Goin’ Home. Dr. John, Art Neville, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Marcia Ball, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Galactic, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Theresa Andersson, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Rebirth Brass Band and NOLA funk masters George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste, Leo Nocentelli and Henry Butler.

Goin’ Home is the brainchild of Tipitina’s Foundation executive director Bill Taylor. “The idea came to me last September when I was trying to come up with a way to thank Fats for donating the proceeds of his last recording, Alive and Kickin’ to our Foundation. I also wanted to create a project that could shine the spotlight on our city’s unique music culture.”

Kevin Welk, President and General Manager of The Welk Music Group stated, "We feel privileged to be involved in such a worthy project. Not only is this a great cause, it continues to raise awareness to a great city that needs all of our support."

Taylor adds, “Fats Domino is the cornerstone of New Orleans music, which in turn became the bedrock for R&B, Soul, Country, Reggae and Rock and Roll. Getting him back to his Lower 9th Ward house will send a clear message to his friends, neighbors and fans that we in New Orleans are coming back and Fats is leading the way.”

The line-up includes:

Disc 1

· John Lennon- Ain't That A Shame
· Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers- I'm Walkin’
· BB King with Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk - Goin' Home
· Elton John- Blueberry Hill
· Taj Mahal & The New Orleans Social Club- My Girl Josephine
· Dirty Dozen Brass Band with Joss Stone and Buddy Guy- Every Night About This Time
· Paul McCartney featuring Allen Toussaint- I Want to Walk You Home
· Lenny Kravitz with the Rebirth Brass Band, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis and Maceo Parker- Whole Lotta Lovin’
· Dr. John- Don't Leave Me This Way
· Bonnie Raitt & Jon Cleary - I’m in Love Again/All by Myself
· Art Neville- Please Don't Leave Me
· Robbie Robertson with Galactic – Going To The River
· Randy Newman- Blue Monday
· Robert Plant with the Lil’ Band O’ Gold- It Keeps Rainin’
· Corinne Bailey Rae- One Night (Of Sin)

Disc 2

· Neil Young- Walking to New Orleans
· Robert Plant With The Soweto Gospel Choir - Valley of Tears
· Norah Jones- My Blue Heaven
· Lucinda Williams-Honey Chile
· Marc Broussard featuring Sam Bush- Rising Sun
· Olu Dara & The Natchezippi with Donald Harrison Jr.- When I See You
· Ben Harper with the Skatalites- Be My Guest
· Toots & The Maytals – Let The Four Winds Blow
· Willie Nelson- I Hear You Knockin’
· Irma Thomas and Marcia Ball- I Just Can’t Get New Orleans Off My Mind
· Bruce Hornsby- Don’t Blame it on Me
· Herbie Hancock with George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste and Renard Poche- I’m Gonna Be A Wheel Someday
· Los Lobos – The Fat Man
· Big Chief Monk Boudreaux with Galactic – So Long
· Preservation Hall Jazz Band with “Walter Wolfman” Washington and Theresa Andersson - When The Saints Go Marching In