Results for Dr. John

interviews

Allen Toussaint

Allen Toussaint is a flat-out musical legend. The New Orleans native has been playing music since the age of 7 and has collaborated with a who's who of the New Orleans scene: Dr. John, Huey Smith, Irma Thomas, Earl King & many more. The piano man has also written songs for Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, DEVO, Warren Zevon, and Patti Labelle. Allen joined Jim and Greg in the studio after the release of his latest album Songbook, a live recording that documents his career via a series of solo piano shows at Joe's Pub in New York City. Allen talks about about the origins of his most popular songs, like "Fortune Teller" and "Working in a Coal Mine," as well as "Whipped Cream," which became the theme for The Dating Game.

Go to episode 432

Allen Toussaint

Allen Toussaint, musical legend out of New Orleans, died on November 10 at the age of 77. In honor of his passing, Jim and Greg revisit their 2013 conversation with the great pianist, singer, songwriter, and producer. Toussaint began playing music at the age of 7 and throughout his career collaborated with a who's who of the New Orleans scene: Dr. John, Huey Smith, Irma Thomas, Earl King & many more. The piano man also wrote dozens of classic songs that have since entered the rock canon, having been covered by artists like Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, DEVO, Warren Zevon, and Patti Labelle. Allen joined Jim and Greg in the studio after the release of his album Songbook, a live recording that documents his career via a series of solo piano shows at Joe's Pub in New York City. Allen talked about about the origins of his most popular songs like "Fortune Teller" and "Working in a Coal Mine," as well as "Whipped Cream," which became the theme for The Dating Game.

Go to episode 520
specials

Best Albums of 2012…So Far

Determining a year-end“Best of”album list is the highlight of a critic's year. Now that it's June, Jim and Greg get a jump on the winnowing down process with the Best Albums of 2012…So Far. Here are their mid-year best picks:

Go to episode 343
reviews
Locked DownLocked Down available on iTunes

Dr. John Locked Down

In the late ‘60s and early ’70s, nobody sounded quite like Dr. John. And now on Locked Down, Mac Rebennack has returned to that psychedelic, voodoo, Gris Gris, gumbo vibe, thanks in large part to producer Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Jim loves the use of bass and African drums, and never has the farfesa organ sounded dirtier or better. Greg agrees, noting that the Dr. is best when he's in the zone and almost speaking in tongues. For new or old fans of Dr. John, Jim and Greg give Locked Down a Buy It.

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Go to episode 331
dijs

Jim

“Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya”Dr. John

Jim returns to New Orleans for his Desert Island Jukebox selection this week. In addition, there's an element of psychedelic lunacy on his pick, as there is on Smile. The record is Dr. John's 1968 release Gris Gris, and the song is "Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya." You'll never hear anything like it.

Go to episode 314
lists

True Crime Songs

This week, Jim and Greg selected tracks written about true crimes, or at least allegedly true crimes. There's a long tradition of crimes that have been immortalized in songs, going back to the blues and folk troubadours, and before that the murder ballad has been a classic trope for centuries. One example of a true crime song is "Stagger Lee", a hundred year old folk song, popularized by Lloyd Price in 1958. The song details the 1895 murder of Billy Lyons by“Stag”Lee Shelton. "Stagger Lee," "Stack-A-Lee" "Stag-O-Lee" or "Stack-O-Lee" has also been performed by James Brown, Dr. John, and even Bob Dylan.

There's a deep well of songs about doing wrong. Here are Jim and Greg's picks:

Go to episode 696
obits

Dr. John

drjohn On June 6, musician and songwriter Dr. John died at age 77. The "Right Place, Wrong Time" singer began his career as a session musician and later became a solo artist, winning six Grammys for his unique blend of the blues, rock and jazz. Jim and Greg bid farewell to the New Orleans' original and speak about his storied career and rocky life journey.

Go to episode 707