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Charting the Music: Dr. John, 'Locked Down'

Charting the Music: Dr. John, 'Locked Down' nitetripper.com
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Unleashing a fresh blend of spook, swing and sensuality, Dr. John's latest album, "Locked Down," wows us with an energetic new twist on the sounds of bayou boogie.

To achieve the groove of "Locked Down," fuse the early, psychedelic sounds of his first album, "Gris Gris" (1968), with the New Orleans spirit that reigns throughout his catalogue. Inject this sound with a strong dose of afro-beat, Ethiopian funk and modern flavor. Don't forget to stir in the mystery and mischief -- as we know, it wouldn't be the Doctor without it!

88.1 KDHX chart position: #2 Americana and #11 CMJ for July 10, 2012.

Record label, release date and producers: Released on April 3, 2012, "Locked Down" was Dr. John's debut with Nonesuch Records. Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys produced the album.

Can be heard on: Sound Salvation with Steve Pick, Howzit Bayou with Sunny Boy, the Rhythm Section with Andy Coco and Feel Like Going Home with Roy Kasten.

Hometown: Born in New Orleans.

On tour: Dr. John will be in St. Louis at the Big Muddy Blues Festival on September 2.

Band members: Dr. John on keyboard and lead vocals, Dan Auerbach on guitar and percussion, Max Weissenfeldt on drums and percussion, Leon Michels on keyboards, percussion and woodwinds, Nick Movshon on electric and upright bass and percussion, Brian Olive on guitar, percussion and woodwinds, and the McCrary Sisters (Regina, Ann & Alfreda) singing background vocals.

How the band started: Auerbach first extended a hand to Dr. John last summer, when he invited the Doctor to perform with him at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. The on-stage ensemble was a loose version of what eventually transformed into the "Locked Down" studio band.

What the critics say: "Incredibly, in the few weeks they spent creating this, Dan Auerbach and Dr. John roused some spirits not heard from since the late '60s, and got them to speak about what it means to be alive and kicking in 2012." –Tom Moon, NPR, "All Things Considered"

RIYL: The musical achievement of the Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco) collaboration, "You Are Not Alone."

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