In the early ’70s, Dr. John returned to his funky New Orleans roots with Gumbo (which spawned the hit “Iko Iko”), In the Right Place (featuring his most recognized and biggest single, “Right Place, Wrong Time”) and Desitively Bonnaroo (whose title was partially lifted for the Tennessee festival).
Since then, Dr. John has explored Blues, Boogie Woogie, Jazz, Pop and everything in between, ultimately recording 26 albums. His latest, 2010’s Tribal, was an excellent return to his gris-gris sound, but his most powerful might well be 2008’s The City That Care Forgot, his emotional response to the aftermath of Katrina on his beloved hometown.
Dr. John performs with Cyndi Lauper Saturday at Taft Theatre. Go here to read Brian Baker's full Sound Advice.