Locked Down (album)

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Locked Down
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 3, 2012
GenreFunk, psychedelic rock, gospel, blues, Afrobeat[1]
LabelNonesuch Records
ProducerDan Auerbach
Dr. John chronology
Locked Down
Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Observer4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media(7.5/10)[4]

Locked Down is a 2012 album by New Orleans R&B artist Dr. John. It was well received by critics and features the Black Keys guitarist and singer Dan Auerbach as guitarist, background vocalist and producer, and Max Weissenfeldt of the Whitefield Brothers on drums.

Critical reception[edit]

The album was listed at number 15 on Rolling Stone's list of the top 50 albums of 2012; the magazine wrote, "With production and corrugated guitar by Black Keys mastermind Dan Auerbach, the 72-year-old mixes rock, funk and even Afrobeat to describe a soggy wasteland where honest men have equal fear of the KKK and the CIA."[6]

At the 2013 Grammy Awards, Locked Down won the Grammy Award for Best Blues Album.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Mac Rebennack, Dan Auerbach, Maximilian Weissenfeldt, Leon Michels, Nick Movshon, Richard Windmann and Brian Olive.

1."Locked Down"4:59
3."Big Shot"3:49
4."Ice Age"4:24
6."Kingdom of Izzness"3:46
7."You Lie"4:45
9."My Children, My Angels"5:09
10."God's Sure Good"4:58



  • Dr. John - composer, keyboards, primary artist, vocals
  • Dan Auerbach - composer, guitar, mixing, percussion, producer, vocals (background)
  • Max Weissenfeldt - composer, drums, percussion, vocals (background)
  • Leon Michels - composer, keyboards, percussion, vocals (background), woodwind
  • Nick Movshon - bass (electric), bass (upright), composer, percussion, vocals (background)
  • Richard Windmann - bass (electric), composer
  • Brian Olive - composer, guitar, percussion, vocals (background), woodwind
  • The McCrary Sisters (Regina, Ann & Alfreda) - background vocals


  • Produced by Dan Auerbach
  • Recorded and mixed at Easy Eye Sound, Nashville, TN
  • Engineered by Collin Dupuis
  • Mixed by Dan Auerbach and Collin Dupuis
  • Studio assistance by Danny Tomczak
  • Mastered by Brian Lucey at Magic Garden Mastering
  • Art direction and photo coloring by Michael Carney
  • Dr. John photographs by Joshua Black Wilkins
  • Studio photographs by Alysse Gafkjen
  • Album notes by Gabe Soria


  1. ^ Binestock, Hal (May 1, 2012). "THE NIGHT TRIPPER SPEAKETH Dr. John". Blurt. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  2. ^ Empire, Kitty (April 1, 2012). "Dr John: Locked Down – review". The Guardian. London.
  3. ^ Hermes, Will (April 3, 2012). Locked Down, Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 8, 2015
  4. ^ Deusner, Stephen M. (April 3, 2012). Locked Down, Pitchfork. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  5. ^ "Dr. John: Locked Down". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 2012-05-30.
  6. ^ "50 Best Albums of 2012: Locked Down", Rolling Stone, December 15, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  7. ^ "Dr. John Wins Grammy Award for Best Blues Album" Archived 2014-05-04 at the Wayback Machine, NOLA.com, February 10, 2013. Retrieved February 8, 2015.