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Interview:
Dr. John Still Concerned About New Orleans
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

Posted: Friday, June 26, 2009

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Dr. John was gratified when his 2008 album, ďThe City That Care ForgetĒ ó a scathing look at post-Katrina New Orleans ó won a Grammy Award this year for Best Contemporary Blues Album.

But heís quick to point out that his intent was greater than just putting another trophy on his mantle.

ďI didnít do it to win an award,Ē says Dr. John (real name Mac Rebennack Jr.), a fixture in the Crescent Cityís rich musical heritage since he started recording in the late í50s, switching from guitar to piano after being shot in the hand while defending a high school classmate. ďIt was something I had to do to get my head screwed on straight about all the terrible things that went on in my hometown ó and I still see stuff going on, so you may hear more about that on the next record.

ďItís not just frustration. Itís your culture and youíre watching it being wiped out and nobody gives a damn about. Weíve contributed a lot of stuff to this world. Iím outraged, man, and ... Iím not gonna keep quiet about it.Ē

When that noise comes, however, is anybodyís guess.

ďItíll happen when itís supposed to ó I donít think of it any other way,Ē Dr. John says. ďI leave it in the big (Lordís) hands, and thatíll be correct. In my hands, Iíll mess it up. The music will come, and Iíll be patient until it does.Ē



Dr. John performs at 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday (June 27) at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Tickets are $35. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

Web Site: www.themagicbag.com

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