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Blues to the Bone

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Blues to the Bone

Blues to the Bone
Etta James
Released 2004 (2004)
Recorded 2004
Genre Blues, rhythm and blues
Length 47:53
Label RCA Victor
Producer Etta James, Donto James, Sametto James
Etta James chronology

Let's Roll
Blues to the Bone
All the Way

Blues to the Bone is a 2004 album by Etta James. The album contains a selection of twelve blues standards which are among her favourites. James and her sons Donto and Sametto James produced the album, which reached number four in the Billboard Top Blues chart.

The album was given a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best Traditional Blues Album.[1][2]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]

Allmusic gave the album a rating of four out of five, calling it "a solid album of no-frills, gutbucket performances".[3]

Track listing

  1. "I Got My Mojo Working" (Preston Foster) – 3:34
  2. "Don't Start Me to Talking" (Sonny Boy Williamson II) – 2:52
  3. "Hush Hush" (Jimmy Reed) – 3:34
  4. "Lil' Red Rooster" (Willie Dixon) – 3:54
  5. "That's Alright" (Jimmy Rogers) – 3:42
  6. "Crawlin' King Snake" (John Lee Hooker) – 5:32
  7. "Dust My Broom" (Robert Johnson) – 3:35
  8. "The Sky Is Crying" (Elmore James) – 3:59
  9. "Smokestack Lightnin'" (Howlin' Wolf) – 6:50
  10. "You Shook Me" (Dixon, J. B. Lenoir) – 3:51
  11. "Driving Wheel" (Roosevelt Sykes) – 2:59
  12. "Honey, Don't Tear My Clothes" (Lightnin' Hopkins) – 3:31


  • Etta James – vocals
  • John "Juke" Logan – harmonica
  • Josh Sklair, Bobby Murray[1] – guitars
  • Brian Ray – guitar, slideguitar
  • Sametto James – bass
  • Donto Metto James – drums
  • Mike Finegan – piano


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