Dr. John: Locked Down | CD Review

Despite the title “Locked Down” Dr. John’s new album was released today on Nonesuch Records.  Produced by lifelong fan and Black Keys front man Dan Auerbach, this new album travels deep into the Cajun swamp and back out again.  Such reflects the life and times of Mac Rebnnack who has been putting his unique blend of funk and blues into the music world since the 60s under the alias Dr. John.  Auerbach claims he encouraged him to write these new tracks from the perspective of Mac Rebnnack instead of the Mardi Gras symbol that is “Dr. John”.  They set out to create an album that is both personal and honest.  This goal is easily attained on the heartfelt ballad “My Children, My Angels” as Rebnnack sings to his children “Aint trying to make excuses but then, I just want to be there for ya’ll as a friend”. 

“Locked Down” impressively melts these soulful ballads with a full brass section that is neatly polished.  “Big Shot” pulls you through the speakers and plants you in a sticky August night somewhere in New Orleans with a cup of bourbon.  On this album the doctor has the medicine to treat whatever ails you.  Yes, it is a delicious steaming hot gumbo that brings young and old, style and grace, pit stains and headdresses to the pit of your stomach.  Whether this is your first bite or you’ve been tasting the musical styling’s of Dr. John for years, this album will have you coming back for seconds.