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Locked Down is Dr. John’s most personal statement as an artist. In these tracks, the venerable New Orleans icon revives his spooky Night Tripper persona while revealing more of the man within the costume (Mac Rebennack) than ever before. He’s helped considerably by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, whose inspired production invokes the swampy voodoo vibes of Dr. John’s classic Gris-Gris album with fat horn lines, hypnotic percussion, and wailing background vocals. Seething multilayered tracks like “Revolution,” “Ice Age," and “Kingdom of Izzness” tear into the modern world's corruption, with Rebennack’s growling vocals and quivering keyboards spurred on by Auerbach’s acid-dipped lead guitar. The title tune (a relentless broadside against legal injustice) and “Big Shot” (a woozy celebration of illicit good times) allude to highs and lows in the singer’s own life. Most confessional is “My Children, My Angels," a heartfelt message of love from a penitent father. The joyously rocking and profoundly funky “God’s Sure Great” ends the album on a life-affirming note.

Customer Reviews

Locked down

Awesome. Sounds like Auerbach is at his best and getting better. I am waiting for this disc to break out

Great album

I have been listening to Dr John for many years now and this album is a great addition to his discography. Solid grooves and gritty funk splashed all over the tracks.
Solid production

Modern blues, with grit and gravel

This was my most listened-to album of 2013: I gave it as part of every Christmas present that year. If you like the Black Keys, or Dan Auerbach, it's a "must buy." Same for if you like C. C. Adcock. There's just an "is-ness" here that's hard to describe. You just gotta feel it, deep down. And you gonna. (If you can't decide, watch the video for "Revolution" in YouTube.)


Born: November 21, 1940 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although he didn't become widely known until the 1970s, Dr. John had been active in the music industry since the late '50s, when the teenager was still known as Mac Rebennack. A formidable boogie and blues pianist with a lovable growl of a voice, his most enduring achievements fused with New Orleans R&B, rock, and Mardi Gras craziness to come up with his own brand of "voodoo" music. He's also quite accomplished and enjoyable when sticking to purely traditional forms of blues and R&B. On record, he...
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