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Things Happen That Way

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Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack, Jr., aka Dr. John, was one of few New Orleans musicians to earn a reputation outside of Louisiana.  His alluring alchemy of prodigious musical talent and love of psychedelic voodoo stretched across five decades, both as a session player and a solo leader.  The late Dr., who died in 2019, and Shane Theriot—who both produced and plays on the album—gathered a first-class group of local players at the gorgeous Esplanade Studios with engineer Misha Kachkachishvili, and Music Shed Studios with engineer Jack Miele, to cut a collection of old favorites and well-known country music classics which make for a fitting and compelling swan song. The recording quality is clear and unadorned, focused on Rebennack's weathered voice and instinctual keyboard skills. Theriot, also a New Orleans native and who has carved out a distinguished career playing with a variety of musicians including The Neville Brothers and Hall & Oates (for whom he is currently musical director), plays guitars, bass and even cardboard box drum.  


The final Dr. John album opens appropriately with a version of Willie Nelson's "Funny How Time Slips Away" which plays in a relaxed New Orleans piano professor style.  Rebennack and Nelson make a creaky but authentic duo on the traditional "Gimme That Old Time Religion," which also features a pair of masterful New Orleanians in drummer Herlin Riley and keyboardist Jon Cleary. Perhaps the most Dr. John-like tune is "I Walk on Guilded Splinters," a wonderfully low-down groove he first recorded for his 1968 debut Gris-Gris. Of the pair of Hank Williams covers, "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," with the Dr.'s low, whispery, croaky vocals accompanied by Theriot on lap steel, is most memorable.  The Traveling Wilburys' "End of the Line," fitted with a second line rhythm and a horn section, features guest vocals by Katie Pruitt and Aaron Neville, the latter of whom's voice has sadly lost more than a step. Pruitt returns on "Holy Water," a new Rebennack original that chronicles his heroin addiction: "I can hear my momma sayin' boy whatcha doin'/ You don't change, you go straight to ruin." Last records are always telling, if sad, both for the players involved and the listeners who survive, and yet Things Happen That Way celebrates Dr. John in a way that rings utterly true to the man and his music. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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1
Funny How Time Slips Away
00:04:37

Willie Nelson, ComposerLyricist - Tony Hall, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JOHN LEVENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dr. John, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Mullins, Trombone, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Carlo Nuccio, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - DAVID TORKANOWSKY, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Alonzo Bowens, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Miele, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shane Theriot, Producer, Electric Guitar, Baritone Guitar, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Misha Kachkachishvili, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Leon "Kid Chocolate" Brown, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Yolanda Robinson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Wait, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Herman Eng, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Malcom John Rebennack, Jr., Producer, Recording Producer - Jolynda “Kiki” Chapman, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 LowA9, LLC.

2
Ramblin’ Man
00:03:52

JOHN LEVENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hank Williams, ComposerLyricist - Dr. John, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Will Lee, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Carlo Nuccio, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Miele, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shane Theriot, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Steel Guitar, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Misha Kachkachishvili, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Wait, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Herman Eng, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Malcom John Rebennack, Jr., Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2022 LowA9, LLC.

3
Gimme That Old Time Religion
00:03:24

Willie Nelson, Guitar, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - JOHN LEVENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Dr. John, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - BUDDY CANNON, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Herlin Riley, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Castle, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Cleary, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Miele, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shane Theriot, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Misha Kachkachishvili, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yolanda Robinson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Wait, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Herman Eng, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Malcom John Rebennack, Jr., Producer, Recording Producer - Jolynda “Kiki” Chapman, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 LowA9, LLC.

4
I Walk On Guilded Splinters
00:04:53

JOHN LEVENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dr. John, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lukas Nelson, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Miele, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shane Theriot, Producer, Additional Producer - Misha Kachkachishvili, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anthony LoGerfo, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Corey McCormick, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Producer, Additional Mixer, Recording Producer, FeaturedArtist, StudioPersonnel - Logan Metz, Keyboards, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Wait, Engineer, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Herman Eng, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Malcom John Rebennack, Jr., Producer, Additional Producer - Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr., ComposerLyricist

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5
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
00:02:59

JOHN LEVENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hank Williams, ComposerLyricist - Dr. John, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Cleary, Additional Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Miele, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shane Theriot, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Misha Kachkachishvili, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Wait, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Herman Eng, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Malcom John Rebennack, Jr., Producer, Recording Producer

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6
End Of The Line
00:04:12

Aaron Neville, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - JOHN LEVENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Dylan, Composer - GEORGE HARRISON, Composer - Dr. John, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - ROY ORBISON, Composer - Will Lee, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Lynne, Composer - Tom Petty, Composer - Herlin Riley, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Mullins, Trombone, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Carlo Nuccio, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - DAVID TORKANOWSKY, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Paczosa, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Cleary, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Alonzo Bowens, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Miele, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shane Theriot, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Background Vocalist, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Misha Kachkachishvili, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Leon "Kid Chocolate" Brown, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Katie Pruitt, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Wait, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Herman Eng, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matthew Breaux, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Malcom John Rebennack, Jr., Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2022 LowA9, LLC.

7
Holy Water
00:03:24

Tony Hall, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JOHN LEVENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dr. John, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Carlo Nuccio, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - DAVID TORKANOWSKY, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Paczosa, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jack Miele, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shane Theriot, Producer, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Dobro, Background Vocalist, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Misha Kachkachishvili, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Katie Pruitt, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Wait, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Herman Eng, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Malcom John Rebennack, Jr., Producer, Recording Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2022 LowA9, LLC.

8
Sleeping Dogs Best Left Alone
00:03:59

Tony Hall, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JOHN LEVENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dr. John, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Mullins, Trombone, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Carlo Nuccio, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Cleary, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Alonzo Bowens, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Miele, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shane Theriot, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Misha Kachkachishvili, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Leon "Kid Chocolate" Brown, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Yolanda Robinson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Wait, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Herman Eng, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Malcom John Rebennack, Jr., Producer, Recording Producer, ComposerLyricist - Jolynda “Kiki” Chapman, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 LowA9, LLC.

9
Give Myself A Good Talkin’ To
00:03:54

JOHN LEVENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dr. John, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Will Lee, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Carlo Nuccio, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - DAVID TORKANOWSKY, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Cleary, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Miele, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shane Theriot, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Misha Kachkachishvili, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Wait, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Herman Eng, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Malcom John Rebennack, Jr., Producer, Recording Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2022 LowA9, LLC.

10
Guess Things Happen That Way
00:03:44

Jack Clement, Composer - JOHN LEVENTHAL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dr. John, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Will Lee, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Carlo Nuccio, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - DAVID TORKANOWSKY, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Miele, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shane Theriot, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Misha Kachkachishvili, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Wait, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Herman Eng, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Malcom John Rebennack, Jr., Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2022 LowA9, LLC.

Album Description

Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack, Jr., aka Dr. John, was one of few New Orleans musicians to earn a reputation outside of Louisiana.  His alluring alchemy of prodigious musical talent and love of psychedelic voodoo stretched across five decades, both as a session player and a solo leader.  The late Dr., who died in 2019, and Shane Theriot—who both produced and plays on the album—gathered a first-class group of local players at the gorgeous Esplanade Studios with engineer Misha Kachkachishvili, and Music Shed Studios with engineer Jack Miele, to cut a collection of old favorites and well-known country music classics which make for a fitting and compelling swan song. The recording quality is clear and unadorned, focused on Rebennack's weathered voice and instinctual keyboard skills. Theriot, also a New Orleans native and who has carved out a distinguished career playing with a variety of musicians including The Neville Brothers and Hall & Oates (for whom he is currently musical director), plays guitars, bass and even cardboard box drum.  


The final Dr. John album opens appropriately with a version of Willie Nelson's "Funny How Time Slips Away" which plays in a relaxed New Orleans piano professor style.  Rebennack and Nelson make a creaky but authentic duo on the traditional "Gimme That Old Time Religion," which also features a pair of masterful New Orleanians in drummer Herlin Riley and keyboardist Jon Cleary. Perhaps the most Dr. John-like tune is "I Walk on Guilded Splinters," a wonderfully low-down groove he first recorded for his 1968 debut Gris-Gris. Of the pair of Hank Williams covers, "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," with the Dr.'s low, whispery, croaky vocals accompanied by Theriot on lap steel, is most memorable.  The Traveling Wilburys' "End of the Line," fitted with a second line rhythm and a horn section, features guest vocals by Katie Pruitt and Aaron Neville, the latter of whom's voice has sadly lost more than a step. Pruitt returns on "Holy Water," a new Rebennack original that chronicles his heroin addiction: "I can hear my momma sayin' boy whatcha doin'/ You don't change, you go straight to ruin." Last records are always telling, if sad, both for the players involved and the listeners who survive, and yet Things Happen That Way celebrates Dr. John in a way that rings utterly true to the man and his music. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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