Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach to direct documentary on Dr. John

LOS ANGELES – Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach will make his directorial debut in hopes of telling an in-depth tale about a famed New Orleans-based musician.

RadicalMedia declared their partnership with Auerbach on Monday to generate a documentary function about the late singer-piano participant Dr. John. The venture will inform a tale about Dr. John’s intricate lifetime alongside with his musical and cultural impact.

Dr. John was acknowledged as the funky New Orleans “night-tripper” musician who blended various musical designs with a hoodoo-infused phase persona and gravelly bayou drawl. He was a six-time Grammy winner and Rock & Roll Corridor of Famer who was a white man that uncovered a house among the Black New Orleans musicians. He died right after a coronary heart assault in 2019.

Auerbach said he’s honored to generate a job targeted on Dr. John, who he identified as a friend. He reported Dr. John – whose real identify was Mac Rebennack – was a “shining illustration of the excellent melting pot of American tunes.”


“From his mysterious voodoo stage persona Dr John, to his serious, humble self Mac Rebannack, the street poet, the relatives man, the junkie, the Grammy award winner and all that is in between, this documentary will introduce the planet to him in a way they have not viewed him prior to,” Auerbach said in a assertion. “I’m nevertheless mastering bits about him that I hardly ever knew, and I hope the motion picture provides a lens into the story of the daily life of Dr John.”

Auerbach explained he’s thrilled to perform with RadicalMedia as a 1st-time filmmaker. The emotion is mutual from the creation business.

“We know his skills will transcend the ability to now explain to an astounding tale as he truly labored with and understood Mac particularly effectively,” mentioned Jon Kamen, the chairman and CEO of RadicalMedia. Kamen will serve as an executive producer with Jon Doran and Effects Artist Productions on Auerbach’s undertaking.

RadicalMedia’s forthcoming challenge with Auerbach will come on the heels of govt developing 1st-time filmmaker Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s “Summer of Soul” on Hulu. The output firm has produced many other titles like Netflix’s “Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel” and Apple Tv Plus’ “The Me You Cannot See” with Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry.


“We’re right here to support (Auerbach) form this story,” Kamen explained. “We’re below to support support it the same way we did on Questlove’s ‘Summer of Soul.’ We’ve performed this right before, and we’ll do it yet again without the need of any trepidations. We have the self esteem that with the proper team all-around an artist like Dan, you can do great factors. I’m certain this will be an remarkable tale as nicely.”

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