Multiple Grammy Award winner Dr. John, also known as Mac Rebennack, is the embodiment of the rich musical heritage of New Orleans. After a half century, Dr. John writes, arranges, produces and interprets with a passion that hasn’t waned.
His colorful career began in the 1950s working on recordings with Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Joe Tex and Frankie Ford. In the 1960s, he went west, playing on records by Sonny and Cher, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin and The Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main Street, among others.
His breakthrough 1968 album Gris-gris established Dr. John The Nite Tripper’s unique blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, rhythm & blues, psychedelic rock and Creole roots. His career highlights include 1971’s album Sun, Moon and Herbs, with cameos from Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger, and 1973’s In The Right Place, with the hits “Right Place Wrong Time” and “Such A Night.”
In 2004, his musical love letter “N’awlinz Dis Dat or D’udda,” was awarded the prestigious Académie Charles Cros 57ème Palmarès award in France. After Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath in 2005, Dr. John stepped up with generous relief fund-raising concerts and recordings. His Hurricane Katrina benefit disc “Sippiana Hericane” was GRAMMY-nominated, and in 2008, his “City That Care Forgot,” won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album. 2010’s TRIBAL returned to his classic, swampy gris-gris style, and 2012’s Locked Down collaboration with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys won another Grammy.