01 May, 2012

May ’12 CD of the Month: Locked Down by Dr. John

Dr. John - Locked Down

Dr. John is back with another exceptional record, the aply titled Locked Down, a well-rounded effort synthesizing the many styles of the legendary artist. Though the album has an undeniably modern sound, it still possesses that classic swamp-rock funk that Dr. John is known for.

Dr. John has been active in the music industry since the late ’50s when the teenager was still known as Mac Rebennack. The musician made a name for himself in the late ’60s with his persona “Night Tripper”.

But after a move to L.A. in 1968, the musician Rebennack transformed into Dr. John. He’s famous for recording a series of albums noteworthy for seemlessly weaving swampy voodoo rock, funk, R&B, psych rock and Creole roots music.

And Dr. John’s still got it. Working with The Black Keys’ guitarist Dan Auerbach, John’s new album seems cared-for, but still has an edge that can be attributed to the funky swamp-rock and jazz piano-influenced R&B he knows so well. He smoothly combines the sounds of Tom Waits, Cab Calloway and Charles Bradley into something you’d want to, well, boogie to.

Out on Nonesuch Records, Dr. John’s Locked Down is Radio 1190’s CD of the Month for May. Radio 1190 would like to thank Twist and Shout for their continued support of the CD of the Month Club. If you would like to join Radio 1190′s CD of the Month Club, contact membership@radio1190.org.


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