Watch Taj Mahal Perform Beloved Song ‘Lovin’ In My Baby’s Eyes’ With Trey Hensley

Audio of the reimagined classic appears on the legendary musician’s new record, ‘Swingin’ Live at the Church in Tulsa.’

By Scott Bernstein Feb 22, 2024 1:29 pm PST

Blues-rock icon Taj Mahal unveiled official video featuring a new spin on his classic cut “Lovin’ In My Baby’s Eyes” to preview his new live album, Swingin’ Live at the Church in Tulsa. The 10-track collection is due out on March 8 via Lightning Rod Records.

Taj Mahal recorded Swingin’ Live at the Church in Tulsa at a studio founded by the late great Leon Russell in front of a live audience. The album features The Taj Mahal Sextet which finds the legendary performer joined by bassist Bill Rich, drummer Kester Smith, guitarist/Hawaiian lap steel specialist Bobby Ingano, guitarist/vocalist Trey Hensley and dobro player Rob Ickes.

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The love song “Lovin’ In My Baby’s Eyes” dates back to Taj Mahal’s 1996 record, Phantom Blues. “I am personally just thrilled to be presenting and releasing ‘Lovin’ In My Baby’s Eyes’ at this moment in time,” stated Taj Mahal. “My vocal verses are augmented by that stand out East Tennessee singer and fantastic guitar picker Trey Hensley, the one and only Rob Ickes on Dobro, plus that rock solid rhythm section in The Taj Mahal Sextet, all set the mood n’ movement for a romantic ‘Country..Slow-Dance.’”

Church Studio was built as Grace M.E. Church in 1915. Leon Russell, a friend of Taj’s, bought the building in 1972 and transformed the space into a recording studio/office for his famed Shelter Records label. Current owners Ivan Acosta and Teresa Knox recently renovated the facility into a modern analog recording studio complete with a NEVE console and a collection of vintage microphones.

Taj Mahal brought his band and guests to Church Studio to lay down inspired versions of such classics as “Queen Bee,” “Corrina” and the traditional “Sitting On Top Of The World.” The set shows the 81-year-old musician is still a force. “People don’t pay me for the music,” added Taj Mahal. “They pay me for what it takes me to get there. I would gladly play music for free if I could be heard, but I found I can make a living at it. And then I can come to a place like the Church Studio, and it’s all the great things at one time.”

Preview Swingin’ Live by watching the “Lovin’ In My Baby’s Eyes” performance below:


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