Bluesfest Discovery-Dr John and The nite TrippersWednesday, 27 November 2013 15:35
We all know that for the last 25 years, Bluesfest has been one of the best things to happen live music to Australia. We also know that one of the best things about Bluesfest is all the stuff we don’t yet know – it’s a goldmine for music lovers nationwide. This year, Australian Guitar Magazine is going to take you on a journey through the best that the festival has to offer – and all of the undiscovered musical gems hidden within. Get your Bluesfest knowledge up to date right here. Class is now in session!
Dr John is back in town – and he is armed with his incredible new album Locked Down.
Even if you aren’t a Dr John fan, your new to his sound or you simply haven’t heard his new music in a while – for whatever reason, you will be as excited as we are that he is coming back to Bluesfest.
Released in 2012, Dr John proves the Grammy winning collaboration with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, who produced and played guitar. Rolling Stone gave the record 4 out of 5 stars, calling it "...the wildest record Rebennack has made in many years...full of muscled, vintage R&B grooves, fevered soloing, psychedelic arrangements and oracular mumbo jumbo." The Los Angeles Times described the release as "... something magical, the embodiment of everything he’s done but pushed in a clear new direction." Dr John has taken his music to a whole new level with this album, steeped in Rhythm n Blues, dirty beats, and heavy guitar riffs – there is something, raw, emotional and downright catchy about this album that will have it stapled as a favourite the top of your music collection.
Dr. John’s very colourful musical career began in the 1950s when he wrote and played guitar on some of the greatest records to come out of the Crescent City including recordings by Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Joe Tex and Frankie Ford.
A notorious gun incident forced Dr. John to give up the guitar and concentrate on organ and piano. Further trouble at home sent him west in the 1960s, where he continued to be in demand as a session musician, playing on records by Sonny and Cher, Van Morrison and Aretha Franklin to name a few.
A legend was born with his breakthrough 1968 album Gris-gris, which established his unique blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, rhythm and blues, psychedelic rock and Creole roots. His many career highlights include the masterful album Sun, Moon and Herbs in 1971 which included cameos from Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger and 1973’s In The Right Place which contained the chart hits “Right Place Wrong Time” and “Such A Night.”