Thursday, March 17, 2011

Dr. John & the Lower 911 @ LPR 3/5/11

I have to admit that after Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds Dr. John wasn't quite doing it for me at first. I was also having trouble dealing with the crowdedness. I hung out just outside the room by the merch table where I could see and hear the band but it wasn't quite so crowded. Things took a turn with the "I Walk On Gilded Splinter" tease. I had already started making my way through the room shortly before that appeared. The rest of the show was great and I found a good spot on the other side of the stage with some dancing room.

It was good to see Shannon Powell behind the kit. I wanted to see Renard Poche, but it was a different guitar player. He was good, I'm just a big Renard fan.
Dr. John just got inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!  I enjoyed reading the timeline
November 21, 1941: Mac Rebennack, an esteemed musician better known as Dr. John, is born in New Orleans.

1957: Dr. John makes his first recordings for an instrumental album that is never released

1959: Dr. John releases his first single, “Storm Warning,” credited to Mac Rebennack (his birth name).

January 22, 1968: Dr. John’s first album, Gris-Gris, is released. Though it doesn’t make Billboard’s Top 200 album chart, it will sell steadily and become a cult classic.

June 20, 1970: “Wash, Mama, Wash,” by Dr. John bubbles under the Billboard singles chart. Though it misses the Hot 100, it is a high-charting regional hit in and around New Orleans.

August 31, 1971: The Sun, Moon & Herbs, the fourth in Dr. John’s voodoo-steeped series of albums (following Gris-Gris, Babylon and Remedies) is released.

April 15, 1972: “Iko, Iko,” by Dr. John, enters the Hot 100, marking his first appearance on the national chart. It is the first single from Gumbo, Dr. John’s groundbreaking tribute to New Orleans music.

February 25, 1973: In the Right Place, Dr. John’s sixth album – and the one that will make a household name of him – is released. It will peak at #24, his highest-charting album.

June 16, 1973: Triumvirate, an album of roots music by the trio of Mike Bloomfield, John Hammond Jr. and Dr. John, is released.

July 17, 1973: “Right Place, Wrong Time,” by Dr. John, reaches #9. His first (and only) Top Ten hit, it will spend a total of five months on the charts.

October 27, 1973: “Such a Night,” another hit from Dr. John’s In the Right Place album, just misses the Top Forty, reaching #42.
April 8, 1974: Desitively Bonnaroo, by Dr. John – his second collaboration with Allen Toussaint and the Meters – is released.

October 6, 1975: Dr. John releases Hollywood Be Thy Name, produced by Bob Ezrin.
1978: Dr. John releases City Lights, the first of several albums cut with producer Tommy LiPuma.
1981: Dr. John releases Dr. John Plays Mac Rebennack, the first-ever album on which he performs unaccompanied. The Brightest Smile in Town, a sequel in a similar vein, appears two years later.

May 27, 1989: In a Sentimental Mood, an album of standards by Dr. John, is released.

February 22, 1990: Dr. John wins a Grammy Award (his first) for “Makin’ Whoopee!,” a duet with Rickie Lee Jones, in the Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group, category.

1992: Dr. John records Going Back to New Orleans in his hometown, surveying a century’s worth of New Orleans music. It will win a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album.

March 29, 1994: Dr. John issues a new album (Television) and his autobiography (Under a Hoodoo Moon) simultaneously. Crescent City Gold, a collaboration between Allen Toussaint, Dr. John and other New Orleans legends, appears two weeks later.

August 11, 1998: Dr. John releases Anutha Zone, a return to the swamp-funk vibe of Gris-Gris.

October 9, 2001: Dr. John releases Creole Moon, an homage to the many musical strains – from Cajun to Creole, jazz to funk – that have flavored New Orleans music.

July 13, 2004: Dr. John’s N’Awlinz: Dis, Dat or D’Udda, an album recorded in New Orleans with some of its most esteemed musicians, is released on Blue Note Records.

June 3, 2008: Dr. John and the Lower 911 release City That Care Forgot, which will win a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album.

March 14, 2011: Dr. John is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 26th annual induction dinner in New York. John Legend is his presenter.

Right Place, Wrong Time
Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya
Iko, Iko
I Walk on Gilded Splinters
Makin’ Whoopee! (with Rickie Lee Jones)
Such a Night
Wash Mama Wash
Junco Partner
Memories of Professor Longhair
What Comes Around (Goes Around)

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