Final Dr. John Album to Feature Will Lee on Bass
The world lost a musical icon with the passing of Mac Rebennack, better known as the inimitable Dr. John. However, a new Rolling Stone article explains that the New Orleans pianist recorded one final album before his death.
“At a series of recordings at New Orleans’ Esplanade Studios and the homes of Rebennack and [guitarist Shane Theriot], Dr. John had completed his final album, a mix of new originals, country-tinged covers and reworked Dr. John classics recorded with a series of hand-picked New Orleans session musicians,” reporter Jonathan Bernstein explains. “Despite his failing health and various logistical roadblocks, the piano player, songwriter, and singer who recorded over 30 albums throughout his career had seen his way through completing one last album.”
The to-be-announced album will feature guest spots from Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, and Rickie Lee Jones. We also now know that Will Lee provided the low end. The former Late Show bassist shared the article on his Facebook page while paying homage to the late Dr. John.
“Nice Rolling Stone article on Dr. John’s upcoming final album (photo by Sandrine Lee). We cut songs down in New Orleans last year with Shane Theriot (on the right) producing/guitaring. Needless to say, it was an honor to be a part of this-there was so much love in the room! RIP, Good Doctor XXXXXX Always.”
We’ll keep you updated with more details as they become available.