Dr. John releases posthumous country-western-inspired album, “Things Happen That Way” [Listen]
things go like thisNew Orleans music legend’s latest studio album Malcolm “Mac” Rebennack, Jr.a.k.a Dr. Johnwas released by the estate of the late musician via Rounder records Friday. With collaborations with willie nelson, Lukas Nelson and The Promise of Realityand Aaron Nevillethe album pays tribute to country and western musicians and songwriters “whose songs had a profound and lasting effect on him, and profoundly influenced much of the remarkable work he produced during his career music of six decades”, per a press release.
Make a country-inspired album like things go like this was a long-term goal of Dr. John’s. He was in the process of carrying out the project when his life was unexpectedly cut short by a fatal heart attack in 2019. His eldest daughter and executor of his estate Karla Pratt was responsible for ensuring that the album came to fruition.
“While it is very sad that my father will not be here to finally see this project that meant so much to him come out into the world, I am very reassured to know that we have fulfilled his long-held wishes. During his life, he has frequently stated his desire to record this album with his dear lifelong friend Willie Nelson and Willie’s son Lukas Nelson as treasured guest artists – he thought having two generations would be very special, spanning the past and the future. Although he didn’t work with Lukas in his lifetime, I’m very happy to know that we were able to make it happen. Another lifelong friend, Aaron Neville, lends the instantly recognizable beautiful voice that We’re very grateful to the many musicians who contributed to this album, and I’m sure Dad would be very proud of the end result.
things go like this features classic country and gospel tunes reinterpreted through the lens of Dr. John’s distinctive, slinky New Orleans feel. A cover of Willie Nelson’s “Funny How Time Slips Away” opens the album, followed by Hank Williams“Rambling Man” by and a rendition of the gospel standard “Gimme That Old Time Religion” featuring Willie Nelson. Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” also appears on the tracklist alongside Johnny Cash“Guess Things Happen That Way”, Dr. John’s classic “I Walk On Guilded Splinters” and three new original songs, “Holy Water”, “Give Myself a Good Talking To” and “Sleeping Dogs Best Left Alone”.
Acclaimed pianist from New Orleans Jon Cleary plays piano and organ on some records, having recorded in the studio with Dr John as his health declined.
things go like this is now available on all streaming platforms and CDs. Stream the album via Apple Music in the player below. The record will be released on vinyl on October 14.
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