Mac Rebennack, a.k.a Dr. John, whose new album, Locked Down, is due out next week, was the guest on today's episode of Soundcheck from New York public radio member station WNYC. Mac treats listeners to a live solo piano version of "Big Shot," a song off the new album that was named NPR Song of the Day last week, and talks with host John Schaefer about working with The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, who produced the album. Schaefer also plays a clip from the album track "Revolution," which you can hear in full here. You can listen to Dr. John on Soundcheck below.
Mac also talks with Schaefer about a three-week residency at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), titled Dr. John: Insides Out, which gets under way this week with a tribute to Louis Armstrong at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Thursday through Saturday nights. The following weekend is the centerpiece of the residency, a three-night run of concerts in which Auerbach will join Dr. John and a handpicked band to premiere new music from Locked Down, April 5–7. Dr. John: Insides Out concludes April 12–15 with Funky But It’s Nu Awlins, a funk-infused night of New Orleans music, featuring key players from the Crescent City. For tickets, head to bam.org now.