Dr John’s new album, Locked Down, is produced by (and features) Dan Auerbach, guitarist and singer of The Black Keys. You can really hear him in this song – though all the tracks are brilliant. It’s rocking. A very complete album. Buy it. Listen to it all the way through. Repeat. You won’t be disappointed.
And in case you didn’t know…
Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack, Jr. (born November 21, 1940), better known by the stage name Dr. John (also Dr. John Creaux), is an American singer-songwriter, pianist and guitarist, whose music combines blues, pop, jazz as well as zydeco, boogie woogie and rock and roll.
Active as a session musician since the late 1950s, he came to wider prominence in the early 1970s with a wildly theatrical stage show inspired by medicine shows, Mardi Gras costumes and voodoo ceremonies. Rebennack has recorded over 20 albums and in 1973 scored a top-20 hit with the jaunty funk-flavored “Right Place Wrong Time”, still perhaps his best-known song.
Here he is with Etta James, one of my favourite performances: