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Single Serving: Tom Waits with the Preservation Hall Band – Tootie Ma Is a Big Fine Thing

Waaaaay back in the year 2009, Mr. Tom Waits traveled down to New Orleans to record a couple of tracks with the The Preservation Hall Band for a limited edition (only 504 copies) 78rpm record covering “Tootie Ma Was A Big Fine Thing” , and “Corrine Died On The Battlefield”.  Waits’ website noted that these tracks were “[o]riginally recorded by Danny Barker in 1947, these two selections are the earliest known recorded examples of Mardi Gras Indian chants.”

And, if you are like me, you may be thinking: “But my turntable doesn’t play 78rpm records.”  No problem, they’ve got you covered.  For a tier 1 donation ($50) you get a copy of the record only, but for a tier 2 donation ($200) you get a copy of the record and a custom record player to play your new record.  In the video below you can see the turntable in action and hear their take on “Tootie Ma Was A Big Fine Thing.”  They’ll be available online on this Saturday, November 20, 2010 (a.k.a. tomorrow) from the Preservation Hall website (or at the Preservation Hall’s physical location at 10:00 a.m. on Nov. 19th for those of you in NOLA).

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Posted by Matthew Hickey

Matthew is the music editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. He’s addicted to vinyl records, pour over coffee, craft beer, small batch bourbon, and pan roasting pork chops.

  • Tobi

    First of all, great website Matthew. I really like the layout. Now I don’t have to switch between the two blogs. 😉

    That song here is beautiful. I think I could listen to it for the rest of the day.

  • David C.

    Cool…but what to EAT with this Tom Waits / PH music?

    Since it is morning, this has me inspired to make beignets & coffee w/ chickory…you?

  • Thanks Tobi! We are really proud of the new site. And – I’d have to agree I love this song! Funny though cause it probably won’t get a lot of votes on hype despite being so awesome.

    And David: I couldn’t have come up with a better pairing myself! I guess you could also pair this with a catfish or oyster po boy with a side of cheesy grits, but I like the coffee w/ chickory and beignets pairing better.

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