About this album
- Release date: April 3, 2012
- Label: Nonesuch
- Catalog number: 530395
- Musicians: Dr. John: lead vocals, electric piano, organ
Dan Auerbach: guitar, percussion, backing vocals
Nick Movshon: bass, percussion, backing vocals
Leon Michels: keyboards, percussion, woodwinds, backing vocals
Brian Olive: guitar, percussion, woodwinds, backing vocals
Max Weissenfeldt: drums, percussion, backing vocals
The McCrary Sisters: backing vocals
- Recorded at Easy Eye Sound, Nashville, TN
- Produced by Dan Auerbach
- Mixed by Dan Auerbach and Collin Dupuis
- Engineered by Collin Dupuis
- Mastered by Brian Lucey at Magic Garden Mastering
- Art Direction: Michael Carney
- Photographs: Joshua Black Wilkins, Alysse Gafkjen
- Liner Notes: Gabe Soria
- Dr. John hasn't sounded this interested in his music in years, and the effect is contagious.
- The Black Keys know just how to showcase his idiosyncracies while keeping things focused.
- If you were waiting for the Night Tripper of the mid-70's to someday return, you're in luck.
- The funk and the boogie-woogie are kept to a minimum. But there's plenty of soul to go around.
Well, the joke's on them. Again. The cover of Locked Down puts Mac back in his feathered headdress, but more importantly, the gestalt of the album jacket (CD case?) reminds one of some lost '70s artifact rescued from a vinyl bargain bin. It's entirely intentional, too, because the music inside finds the good Doctor at a creative peak he hasn't hit since the Carter administration. Credit for this goes to alt-rock favorites the Black Keys, a duo who began as a garage-blues act but have since evolved into a sort of loungey, bluesy soul that's made quite an impression on their "alternative" peers (not to mention the GRAMMY judges). Big hooks are their forte, always, and by simply jamming with Mac to create these ten original tracks, they've come up with a novel way of revitalizing the Night Tripper. The Drive-By Truckers may have turned Booker T. into a jam-band staple, but the Keys have reversed the process. Rebennack has never sounded so much like a soul man.