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Dr. John's "Big Shot" Named NPR Song of the Day; Watch "Revolution" Teaser Video

  • Friday, March 23, 2012
    Dr. John's "Big Shot" Named NPR Song of the Day; Watch "Revolution" Teaser Video

    Music from Dr. John's new album, Locked Down, due out April 3 on CD and April 21 on vinyl, is making the rounds, as a teaser video featuring the title track was unveiled on USA Today and posted to the Nonesuch Journal yesterday and the full track was posted to the Brooklyn Academy of Music's website, bam.org, in advance of the upcoming live Locked Down shows there. Now there's a second new teaser video from director Reid Long, featuring the track "Revolution" and a trippy play off the album cover with more behind-the-scenes footage from inside producer Dan Auerbach's Nashville studio at the album's recording sessions. You can watch the short video below and listen to the full track here.

    A third album track, "Big Shot," has been named today's NPR Song of the Day.

    "Auerbach makes 71-year-old Mac Rebennack sound fresh and intimate by connecting him to his vital musical past," says NPR's Marc Silver of the recording. "The horns pump up the song, just the way they'd enliven a funeral march in the Big Easy. The backing McCrary Sisters are gospel-flavored and swathed in reverb, while Dr. John himself sounds as if he's having a heap of fun with the self-promoting lyric. He slurs words with New Orleans insouciance, toys with the beat, injects just the right amount of ego and attitude, and proves that now, as always, he's the ruler of American roots music."

    Read more and listen to the full Song of the Day at npr.org.

    To pre-order the album Locked Down on CD and vinyl, head to the Nonesuch Store, where pre-orders include an exclusive print of Dr. John and Auerbach plus MP3s of the complete album available release day. For tickets to see Dr. John and Auerbach perform the songs live in concert at BAM, April 5–7, head to bam.org.

    Watch the short video featuring "Revolution" here via Dr. John's official YouTube channel:

on March 23, 2012 - 10:35am
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Following yesterday's video featuring the title track to Dr. John's forthcoming album, Locked Down, comes a second teaser video with a clip from the track "Revolution" and more footage from inside producer Dan Auerbach's Nashville studio. Watch it here. A third album track, "Big Shot," has been named NPR's Song of the Day. "Auerbach makes 71-year-old Mac Rebennack sound fresh and intimate by connecting him to his vital musical past," says NPR. Dr. John "proves that now, as always, he's the ruler of American roots music."

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Music from Dr. John's new album, Locked Down, due out April 3 on CD and April 21 on vinyl, is making the rounds, as a teaser video featuring the title track was unveiled on USA Today and posted to the Nonesuch Journal yesterday and the full track was posted to the Brooklyn Academy of Music's website, bam.org, in advance of the upcoming live Locked Down shows there. Now there's a second new teaser video from director Reid Long, featuring the track "Revolution" and a trippy play off the album cover with more behind-the-scenes footage from inside producer Dan Auerbach's Nashville studio at the album's recording sessions. You can watch the short video below and listen to the full track here.

A third album track, "Big Shot," has been named today's NPR Song of the Day.

"Auerbach makes 71-year-old Mac Rebennack sound fresh and intimate by connecting him to his vital musical past," says NPR's Marc Silver of the recording. "The horns pump up the song, just the way they'd enliven a funeral march in the Big Easy. The backing McCrary Sisters are gospel-flavored and swathed in reverb, while Dr. John himself sounds as if he's having a heap of fun with the self-promoting lyric. He slurs words with New Orleans insouciance, toys with the beat, injects just the right amount of ego and attitude, and proves that now, as always, he's the ruler of American roots music."

Read more and listen to the full Song of the Day at npr.org.

To pre-order the album Locked Down on CD and vinyl, head to the Nonesuch Store, where pre-orders include an exclusive print of Dr. John and Auerbach plus MP3s of the complete album available release day. For tickets to see Dr. John and Auerbach perform the songs live in concert at BAM, April 5–7, head to bam.org.

Watch the short video featuring "Revolution" here via Dr. John's official YouTube channel:

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Friday, March 23, 2012 - 11:00
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