Dr. John Digs the Mighty Souls

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American musical Titan Dr. John played at GPAC last weekend. Born Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack, Dr. John has been in studios since the 1950s and the trickster God of American music since the gods know when. He was a protégé of Professor Longhair and is as essential as roux to New Orleans. His first album, Gris Gris from 1968 is definitive spooky voodoo and his 2012 Locked Down is a tour de force of songwriting. Of note last Saturday was 11-year-old Ayler Edmaiston, who played tambourine onstage with Dr. John and the Mighty Souls Brass Band, one of his father, saxophonist Art Edmaiston's gigs. Art also plays for Gregg Allman and a host of other jazz and soul luminaries. Memphis is home to many talented people. But how many played with Dr. John at 11? Look out.




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