As Dr. John hinted in his Gambit interview previewing an all-star tribute to the Night Tripper, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is set to release a Louis Armstrong tribute album, Ske-Dat-De-Dat...The Spirit Of Satch (Concord Records). "Louis came to me in a dream and told me to do his music but do it my way," he told Gambit. "This next record is going to be one funky-butt tribute to Louis Armstrong." The album is scheduled for an Aug. 19 release.
The album — co-produced and arranged by trombonist Sarrah Morrow — also features Bonnie Raitt (on "I've Got the World on a String"), as well as Ledisi and the McCrary Sisters (on "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen"), Anthony Hamilton (on "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child"), Shemekia Copeland (on "Sweet Hunk O' Trash") and the Blind Boys of Alabama (on two tracks: "What a Wonderful World" and "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams").
In a statement, Dr. John said, "The whole thing felt pretty special, and I desitively was in a different zone for this record. ... I wanted to pull together some of his hits and some of the songs he wasn't as well known for, and make them feel fresh and different. Sarah wrote some slammin' charts that kept everything spacious and hip. And everybody played and sang great, and gave it their own spirit."