Some more details about the song Tom Waits has recorded with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band have surfaced. According to Earth Times, the song is Tootie Ma is a Big Fine Thing, the earliest known recorded Mardi Gras song.
Máquina de Huesos, the Spanish waits blog, quotes John Sinclair as saying this song was released in 1955 as a 78rpm single by Danny Barker and his Creole Cats.
Proceeds from the sale of the project will benefit the New Orleans Preservation Hall and The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program. The album is set for release on Fat Tuesday, February 16, 2010 in standard CD, deluxe edition and double-LP collectible formats.
Other artists involved are Louis Armstrong, Andrew Bird, Terence Blanchard, Pete Seeger, Dr. John, Blind Boys of Alabama, Brandi Carlile, Cory Chisel, Ani DiFranco, Steve Earle, Merle Haggard, Richie Havens, Jason Isbell, Jim James, Angelique Kidjo, Amy LaVere, Anita Briem, Del McCoury, Bobby McFerrin, Buddy Miller, Paolo Nutini, and Tom Waits.