New Orleans music legend Dr. John gets a timely all-star tribute on new live CD + Blu-ray/DVD set

dr1The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music,
produced by Blackbird Presents, released via Concord Records on
October 14, 2016 and available for immediate pre-order.

For Immediate Release – “It was very moving to have all these people paying tribute to me, but I just treated it like it was another show,” Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and six-time GRAMMY®-winner Dr. John says of The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music.

Scheduled for release on October 14, 2016 via Concord Records and available for immediate pre-order at, the expansive live tribute set, created and produced by Keith Wortman, CEO of Blackbird Presents, is a powerful testament to the far-ranging influence and indomitable musical spirit of the iconic New Orleans singer/pianist/guitarist. Encompassing a two-CD, Blu-ray and DVD package along with a stand-alone two-CD version, The Musical Mojo of Dr. John captures a star-studded concert at New Orleans’ Saenger Theatre, with Dr. John joined by a stunningly diverse assortment of notable guest artists, who perform 22 songs written, recorded and/or popularized by Dr. John during his prolific six-decade career, honoring his large and still-growing musical legacy.

The performers include Bruce Springsteen, who duets with Dr. John on the 1973 smash “Right Place Wrong Time”; Jason Isbell, who delivers a heartfelt “Blow Wind Blow”; John Fogerty, who performs the raucous Crescent City anthem “New Orleans”; Mavis Staples, who brings gospel fervor to “Lay My Burden Down”; Widespread Panic, who lend musical muscle to “Familiar Reality”; and Ryan Bingham, who delivers a haunting “Back by the River.”

Fittingly, The Musical Mojo of Dr. John also features memorable performances by several New Orleans legends, including Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Terence Blanchard, John Boutté, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, George Porter Jr. and Zigaboo Modeliste of the Meters,
and Aaron, Charles and Cyril Neville. Bassist Don Was served as the project’s musical director, leading an all-star house band that also included Allman Brothers Band/Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell, renowned NOLA pianist John Gros, Funky Meters guitarist Brian Stoltz and journeyman drummer Kenny Aronoff, as well as Dr. John’s longstanding musical compatriot, trombonist Sarah Morrow.

“The whole night felt pretty special, and everyone’s performance was spiritually correct,” says Dr. John.

Thanks to David, Polly and All


Now that we have finished the European tour in support of David Gilmour’s “Rattle That Lock” CD, I just want to say what an honor and pleasure it was to work with David and all the band, crew and staff involved. Playing historic places like the Arenas in Pompeii, Verona, Nimes and Circus Maximus in Rome; and all the other beautiful venues made for some incredible memories. My thanks to David, his wonderful wife Polly and to everyone on the tour. Here’s hoping it’s not the last time!


David Gilmour Busts Out Pink Floyd Classic ‘One Of These Days’ After 22 Years

On Saturday night renowned guitarist David Gilmour of Pink Floyd fame kicked off the latest leg of his Rattle That Lock Tour with a band including Allman Brothers Band/Pink Floyd keyboardist Chuck Leavell. Gilmour began his tour at Plac Wolności in Wrocław, Poland with the help of the NFM Filharmonia Wrocławska Orchestra. The show featured a huge surprise as Gilmour & Co. busted out a Pink Floyd classic for the first time since the legendary act’s final tour in 1994.

“One Of These Days” is the opening track from Pink Floyd’s 1971 album Meddle. While the song was a staple of early ’70s Pink Floyd tours and both of the band’s final tours in 1987 and 1994, Gilmour had never performed “One Of These Days” on any of his solo runs. Saturday finally saw David perform the tune and he played it once again last night in Vienna. David Gilmour’s opening show in Poland was broadcast on Polish television.

The tour opener also included the live debut of “Dancing Right In Front Of Me” from Rattle That Lock with the rest of the setlist similar to other 2015 – 2016 David Gilmour performances.

[Coming Back To Life]

[Wish You Were Here]

Chuck on tour now with David Gilmour in Europe!

From Chuck > “I was pleased and surprised to be contacted by David (Gilmour) a couple of months ago asking me if I would be available to tour with him in June and July. My first contact with David was back in 1984 when I was the Musical Director of a show broadcast on MTV called “Guitar Greats”. David was a part of that, and he was amazing. Then a few years later when I was with Eric Clapton, David invited me and some of the other members of the band to his home where we had a memorable night talking about music and life in general. To have him reach out to me now is truly an honor, and I can’t wait to start work with him and the band. My good friend, Greg Phillinganes, who I was honored to work with during some of my Clapton days will also be playing keyboards on the tour and I look forward to “tag teaming” with him again. The timing for this is perfect, as the Stones will gear up again for our “Desert Trip” shows and some other activity in September and October. So this is proving to be an extraordinary year for me!

David Gilmour – Summer 2016

  • 6/25/16 Wrocław @ Wrocław’s Market Square
  • 6/27/16 Vienna @ Schönbrunn Palace
  • 6/28/16 Vienna @ Schönbrunn Palace
  • 7/02/16 Roma @ Via del Circo Massimo
  • 7/03/16 Roma @ Via del Circo Massimo
  • 7/07/16 Pompeii @ Roman Amphitheatre
  • 7/08/16 Pompeii @ Roman Amphitheatre
  • 7/10/16 Verona @ Arena di Verona
  • 7/11/16 Verona @ Arena di Verona
  • 7/14/16 Stuttgart @ Schlossplatz
  • 7/16/16 Paris @ Château de Chantilly
  • 7/18/16 Wiesbaden @ Bowling Green
  • 7/20/16 Nîmes @ Les Arènes de Nîmes
  • 7/21/16 Nîmes @ Les Arènes de Nîmes
  • 7/23/16 Arc-et-Senans @ Saline Royale
  • 7/27/16 Tienen @ Grote Markt
  • 7/28/16 Tienen @ Grote Markt

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Rolling Stones’ ‘Exhibitionism’ Heading to New York

The Rolling Stones‘ massive, career-spanning Exhibitionism exhibit, which opened at London’s Saatchi Gallery in April, will head to New York in November.

The Stones and Exhibitionism curator Ileen Gallagher revealed Tuesday that the exhibit – featuring stage clothing, classic album artwork, vintage gear, photography, stage designs, personal diaries, behind-the-scenes footage, a recreation of the band’s first apartment and more memorabilia – will set up shop at the West Village’s Industria Superstudio, the first stop on what’s being billed as “the largest touring experience of its kind ever to be staged.”

“We’ve been thinking about this for quite a long time but we wanted it to be just right and on a large scale,” Mick Jagger said in a statement. “It’s not going to be like walking into a museum. It’s going to be an event, an experience. It’s about a sense of the Rolling Stones – it’s something we want people to go away talking about it.”

Other highlights from the exhibit include a complete history of the Stones’ iconic, John Pasche-created “lips” logo, a video and movie gallery that screens portions of widely-bootlegged documentaryCocksucker Blues and 3D concert footage and tons of memorabilia and ephemera from the band’s personal archives that were housed in a London warehouse, much of it untouched over the past half-century.

“While this is about the Rolling Stones, it’s not necessarily only just about us.” Keith Richards added. “It’s also about all the paraphernalia and technology associated with a group like us, and it’s this, as well as the instruments that have passed through our hands over the years, that should make the exhibition unforgettable.”

In April, Rolling Stone spoke to curator Gallagher about the undertaking of consolidating the band’s long career into a two-story gallery piece.

“The band was interested in doing something thematic that really wasn’t a chronological presentation, for obvious reasons. When you begin in the Sixties and you’ve been going for over 50 years, it kind of has this crescendo and then this downward slope,” Gallagher said. “They wanted their career to be explored thematically, and I think that was definitely the right decision. It allows you to kind of explore these rich topics and their history very cohesively.”

Tickets for New York will go on sale to the general public in September. Register at the Exhibitionism site to be among the first notified of the tickets’ availability.

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The Allman Brothers Dickey Betts’ Great Southern Songs

A recent unauthorized documentary about the Allman Brothers Band lays out a point that many of us have considered but maybe few of us have said out loud: For a moment in time, the Macon, Georgia collective had in its ranks one of the greatest country songwriters in America. His rural tendencies and compositional genius were instrumental in the band’s ability to survive its darkest hours.

For a moment in time, Dickey Betts could have been one of the great voices of new country music in the ‘70s.

When Duane Allman died in late 1971, the Allman Brothers Band stood at a crossroads. Duane had been the driving force of the group, the one that brought together the disparate forces that created the group’s unusual mix of blues, modal jazz and even classical riffs. His brother Gregg gave the band its literal voice and penned some of the unit’s most enduring early material, including “Whipping Post”, which may very well be the best rock song recorded after 1960. But Gregg never settled comfortably into the leadership role that a group demands and the grief of losing one of the guiding lights of his life stunned him. More than one critic has argued that the Allmans never fully recovered from Duane’s loss despite a legacy that stretched decades beyond his passing.

But one member would step forward with the classics that would momentarily propel the band into the future. If that future wasn’t as bright as some of the music would imply, it hardly mattered. For a moment in time, Dickey Betts saved the Allmans. During the early albums his country-inflected leads would serve as a perfect foil to Duane’s swampy, soul-slathered lines. His writing would prove some of the most diverse within the band and provide the group with some of its most commercially successful material.

Betts’ “Les Brers in A Minor” can be seen as a perfect amalgamation of the early Allman’s aesthetic. Its chordal structure, melody and timbre recall the intersection of jazz and classical music heard in John Coltrane’s rendering of pieces such as “Greensleeves”. It’s evidence of a writer with knowledge of classical motifs, with greater compositional acumen than many of his contemporaries. The juxtaposition of these ideas alongside the “low” nature of the music appearing in a rock setting makes the tune all the more a triumph.