The Doctor Is In

New Orleans native Dr. John appears at the GRAMMY Museum
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    Dr. John performs at the GRAMMY Museum
July 12, 2010 -- 1:16 pm PDT

Dr. John, the New Orleans-bred pianist who makes what has been described as "voodoo" music, joined the GRAMMY Museum on June 14 to talk about his colorful career, muse on the musical legacy of his hometown, and play for a limited audience of 200.

During the course of the session, Dr. John fielded questions from the audience and played several songs with his band, the Lower 911, while advocating for the cultural importance of New Orleans. His most recent album, City That Care Forgot, is a sweeping song cycle dedicated to the Crescent City.

Dr. John, born Malcolm John Rebennack, has spent a long career combining rock, R&B and the blues with the Mardi Gras-style flavors of New Orleans. Starting as a session player, Dr. John relocated to Los Angeles in the mid-'60s where he got the opportunity to record his first solo album, Gris-Gris, using, according to legend, leftover Sonny & Cher studio time. He scored his biggest hit with 1973's "Right Place Wrong Time," no doubt the catchiest swamp-funk on the radio at the time. Though operating more under the radar since, he has continued to record and perform, and in 1994 published an autobiography, Under A Hoodoo Moon. Dr. John has won five GRAMMY Awards, his most recent coming in 2008 for Best Contemporary Blues Album for City That Care Forgot.

Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include Musical Explorations: Rhythm Child (July 17), An Evening With Train (July 19) and Girl Rock Nation (July 22).

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