Dr. John Featured on BBC Radio 2's "Jamie Cullum"; "Locked Down" Named Album of the Week (Boston Herald)
Dr. John—Mac Rebennack—is the guest on this week's Jamie Cullum show from BBC Radio 2. Rebennack, whom Cullum describes as one of his "true musical heroes" and “the coolest guy in the universe,” discusses his life and career, his own musical influences, and his new album, Locked Down, produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. The show includes the album track "Revolution" (not to mention fellow New Orleans piano great Allen Toussaint's take on "St. James Infirmary" from his 2009 Nonesuch album, The Bright Mississippi, as well). You can listen to the show for the next week at bbc.co.uk.
Locked Down was released earlier this month on Nonesuch on CD and digitally and will be available on vinyl this Saturday, Record Store Day, in your local record store. It's available to pre-order in the Nonesuch Store now. The album was received with great critical acclaim upon its release, praise that continues this week.
The Boston Herald has named Locked Down its Album of the Week. The album "reincarnates the swamp soul man that haunted early records such as Gris Gris. It’s voodoo rock, dense, strange, tangled, beautiful in its darkness," says Herald music writer Jed Gottlieb. "It also adds wild, welcome new flavors to the gumbo. West African highlife grooves Fela would flip for are everywhere. ’60s Stax soul sneak in during select choruses and bridges. Shaft-style funk drops in for a few druggy intros and outros." Read the complete review at bostonherald.com.
The Onion's A.V. Club calls it "an inspired collaboration ... at once classic and modern," writes reviewer Noel Murray. "If Locked Down has a mission statement, it’s embedded in the intro to 'Big Shot,' which transitions from what sounds like a sample of an old Cab Calloway record to a spirited new rendition of that same style. The implication? This ain’t retro; it’s now." Read the review at avclub.com.
To pick up a copy of Locked Down, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD orders and vinyl pre-orders include high-quality,320 kbps MP3s at checkout. The album is also available to purchase there as MP3s and FLAC lossless files.