Dr. John to put out one last album

Features duets with Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Rickie Lee Jones

Chris Miller
June 12, 2019 - 10:10 am

Mac Rebbennack, better known as Dr. John, may have left us, but before he went, he recorded one last album, reports Rolling Stone

The collection doesn't even have a title yet, much less a release date, but the songs include collaborations with Aaron Neville, Willie Nelson, and Rickie Lee Jones.

Rolling Stone reports guitarist Shane Theriot produced the album with Dr. John, recorded over a period of about a year in New Orleans. The idea, Theriot told Stone, was something similar to Ray Charles' seminal Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music -- Dr. John's take on Country and Western standards like "Old Time Religion" (with Willie Nelson) and Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."

''He was apparently able to realize his long standing dream of doing a country record as his last album,'' New Orleans Advocate music writer Keith Spera said. "For years, Dr. John had expressed a desire to do a country themed album."

The compilation is also said to feature four new songs from Dr. John, along with new renditions of  "Such a Night" and "I Walk on Guilded Splinters" (with Rickie Lee Jones).

With Aaron Neville, Theriot tells Rolling Stone that Dr. John recorded a "New Orleans street party" rendition of the Traveling Wilbury's "End of the Line."

The final version was completed in December. Rolling Stone reports that the musicians who recorded the album said Rebbennack knew it was likely to be his last, as his health began failing him during recording sessions that began in 2017 and lasted through 2018.

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