At 72, Dr John is one of the grandees of New Orleans music. Since he returned to a healthier, drug-free lifestyle some years ago, he has released an album every few years, either in a stripped down "voodoo" funk style as on albums like Television (1992) or on New Orleans' musical heritage on albums like Goin' Back To New Orleans (1992).
He has been a stalwart of the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee for many years and in 2011 he shared the stage with young blues rockers The Black Keys. The set they played was a highlight of the festival. Indeed, the musicians enjoyed the experience so much, they decided to record in the studio, so Dan Auerbach of the The Black Keys coaxed Dr John into the studio to explore a much closer collaboration. The result, Locked Down (Nonesuch, USA, 2012), is Dr John's best album for years.
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