The Wild Magnolias: Life is a Carnival
The Wild Magnolias, Bo Dollis and Monk Boudreaux, sang on Storyville and the subsequent live performances at Seville and on TV. Here Robbie Robertson repays the favour and is joined by Bruce Hornsby from the same Seville line-up on one track on this album. The album was recorded in November 1998 in New Orleans. The title track, "Life is a Carnival" is credited as The Wild Magnolias featuring Robbie Robertson and Bruce Hornsby.
On the inner sleeve it says "Featuring Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm & Rick Danko". In 1998? In New Orleans? I couldn't wait to hear it, but then I read further to see the musician line-up. It became apparent that "featuring" is a misprint for "written by". The performers follow. I've never seen the credit 'vocal flavor' or 'piano flavor' before. Dr. John appears on another track, "Blackhawk."
The lyrics are changed heavily "Hey Buddy, would you like to meet a real big chief?
... I've got rhinestones and feathers from my head to my feet." I don't find this an improvement. As you'd expect Robbie adds beautiful and restrained touches, as does Hornsby behind him.
Musicians on "Life is a Carnival"