Today, NPR debuted the new music video for "Revolution" from Dr. John's new album, Locked Down, which was produced by Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach, who also plays on the album.
The album, which was released April 3 via Nonesuch, earned the highest-charting debut of Dr. John's 50-plus-year career.
"I wanted to surround (Dr. John) with younger guys. To test him a bit," Auerbach told NPR. "I also wanted him to talk from the Mac Rebennack [Dr. John's real name] perspective, lyrically. I didn't want him to talk from the Dr. John perspective."
The video, which was directed by Reid Long, offers a behind-the-scenes look at Dr. John's recent three weekend residency at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), where he performed with guests including Blind Boys of Alabama, Ivan Neville, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Irma Thomas.
The residency also included a live performance of Locked Down with Auerbach, to which The New York Times responded: "Physical and spiritual, earthly and supernatural, a memento mori and a promise of transcendence - all were aspects of Dr. John’s music for the night."
Check out the video below; below that, you'll find Dr. John's current tour dates.
For more on Dr. John, check out his Facebook page.
Dr. John's 2012 Tour Dates:
- June 1 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
- June 2 - Augusta, NJ - Sussex County Fairground
- June 5 - Portland, ME - The Asylum
- June 6 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
- June 7 - Tarrytown, NY - Tarrytown Music Hall
- June 9 - Charlotte, NC - Uptown Amphitheatre (w/ Gov't Mule)
- June 10 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Pavilion (w/ Iron & Wine)
- June 12 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues (w/ Gov't Mule)
- June 13 - Raleigh, NC - Raleigh Amphitheater (w/ Gov't Mule)
- June 14 - Louisville, KY - Iroquois Amphitheater (w/ Gov't Mule)
- June 29 - Paddock Wood, UK - Hop Farm Festival
- June 30 - Samois-sur-Seine, France - Django Reinhardt Festival
- July 2 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
- July 4 - Paris, France - La Cigale
- July 5 - Stasbourg, France - Strasbourg Jazz Festivl
- July 6 - Lugano, Switzerland - Lugano Estival Jazz
- July 9 - Montreux, Switzerland - Montreux Jazz Festival
- July 10 - Nice, France - Nice Jazz Festival
- July 13 - Stuttgart, Germany - Jazz Open Stuttgart
- July 15 - Cahors, France - Cahors Blues Festival
- July 18 - London, UK - Under the Bridge
- July 19 - London, UK - Under the Bridge
- July 22 - Gateshead, UK - The Sage Gateshead
- August 3 - Newport, RI - Newport Jazz Festival