Dr. John, or Mac Rebennack as he is 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.
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 is a five-time Grammy Award winner. He has also received six other nominations over the years. In 2007, he was nominated for a Grammy for “Sippiana Hericane”, his Hurricane Katrina benefit disc. Other awards include the American Society of Young Musicians 2007 Trailblazer Award.
After Hurricane Katrina 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. In 2008 he released “City That Care Forgot,” an album winning him a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album. 2010’s release, TRIBAL, saw Dr. John revisiting that classic, swampy gris-gris style that put him on the map. In 2012, Dr. John released Locked Down, the Grammy winning collaboration with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, who produced and played guitar. Rolling Stone gave the record 4 out of 5 stars, calling it “…the wildest record Rebennack has made in many years…full of muscled, vintage R&B grooves, fevered soloing, psychedelic arrangements and oracular mumbo jumbo.” The Los Angeles Times described the release as “…something magical, the embodiment of everything he’s done but pushed in a clear new direction.” 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.