No, Fats Domino isn't dead. But he was lucky to survive the flooding that destroyed his home and the rest of his Lower 9th Ward neighbourhood when Katrina hit New Orleans. To help revitalize the area, the Tipitina's Foundation assembled the two-disc Goin' Home benefit salute to Domino's signicant music legacy, calling on a wide range of celebrity guests (Elton John, Norah Jones, Neil Young, Ben Harper, Willie Nelson, Irma Thomas, Lenny Kravitz, Herbie Hancock, Randy Newman, Los Lobos and others) to work up their own interpretations of the piano pounder's jukebox classics.
This tribute works so well because of the timeless quality of Domino's built-to-last material and because many of the contributors wisely hooked up with seasoned Nawlins musicians to maintain a consistent Crescent City vibe throughout. It might seem quaint for Paul McCartney to take a stab at I Want To Walk You Home, but with Allen Toussaint laying down precisely the right piano groove, it's magic. The same goes for Robert Plant, who could easily have messed up It Keeps Rainin' if drummer Warren Storm and accordionist Steve Riley didn't know exactly how to keep things in line. A genuine celebration.