Tuned In to Dr. John

September 7, 2008 8:44:04 AM PDT
Our featured Tuned In artist this week is Dr. John. He is a legendary musician from New Orleans. Staying true to his roots, he recently released "City That Care Forgot", which gives voice to the issues surrounding the area in Katrina's wake. We recently caught up with him during WXPN's "A Non-Comvention" at The World Café Live. This was taped prior to the recent hurricane developments this past week. Be sure to tune in to TUNED IN's half-hour show on 6abc Digital Channel Sundays at 12:30 a.m. (early Monday morning).

The original Tuned In still airs on Sunday mornings.

Here is Dr. John's biography...

"I am heartbroken over all of the displaced people from the hurricane and the NEW ORLEANS DISASTER Send assistance to the New Orleans Musicians Clinic, NOMRF, or the Voice of the Wetlands"

Dr. John, or Mac Rebennack as known to friends and family, is universally celebrated as the living embodiment of the rich musical heritage exclusive to New Orleans. His very colorful 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 the artist to give up the guitar and concentrate on organ and piano. Further trouble at home sent Dr. John 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. He also launched his solo career, developing the charismatic persona of Dr. John The Night Tripper. Adorned with voodoo charms and regalia, a legend was born with his breakthrough 1968 album Gris-gris, which established his unique blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, rhythm & blues, psychedelic rock and Creole roots.

Several of 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." Dr. John garnered Grammy award wins in 1989, 1992, 1996 and 2000.

He has also received six other nominations over the years.Most recently, he was nominated for a 2007 Grammy for "Sippiana Hericane," his Hurricane Katrina benefit disc. In 2004, his musical love letter to the city of New Orleans, "N'awlinz Dis Dat or D'udda," was awarded the prestigious Académie Charles Cros 57ème Palmarès award in France. It was the first time since the 1970s that an artist from North America received the award. Other awards include the American Society of Young Musicians 2007 Trailblazer Award. After Hurricane Katrina and government bunglers bashed New Orleans in 2005, Dr. John immediately stepped up to the plate with both generous relief fund-raising concerts and recordings and angry public words of protest.

One of the Crescent City's most favored sons, Dr. John does his considerable bit to keep the world's attention focused on what needs to be done to help New Orleans come back. In 2008, he released "City That Care Forgot," which deals with various aspects of post-Katrina New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. It is considered to be his finest recording in twenty years. After a half century of creating music for others and himself, Dr. John continues to write, arrange, produce and interpret with a passion that has yet to wane. He continues to dazzle and delight audiences across the globe touring consistently. In fact, Dr. John, veteran of decades in music, is at the height of his creative output right now, having recently released grandly-conceived tribute albums to Duke Ellington and Johnny Mercer, and having famously revived his full-blown, magnificently-costumed 'Dr. John, the Night Tripper' stage persona in June 2006 at the Bonnaroo Music Festival.

Please enjoy the performance video from his show at The World Café Live

You are now Tuned In to Dr. John

On the web:

www.dr.john.org

www.429records.com/sites/429records/429details/d_drjohn.asp

www.myspace.com/drjohnthenitetripper

Be sure to tune in to TUNED IN's half-hour show on 6abc Digital Channel Sundays at 12:30 a.m. (early Monday morning).


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