Dr. John announced on today that “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child”, the first single off his upcoming album “Ske-Dat-De-Dat…The Spirit of Satch”, is available for streaming and free downloading! His post on Facebook teased fans with a pic of Rebennack looking, well, pretty dang good in some purple pants enthroned on an orange-and-black chair, and his post read, “Anybody want a sneak preview of the upcoming album? Check out the new website which includes a streaming track and free MP3 download too. Link is below, ENJOY!” FDRMX began enjoying the track first thing this morning!
The sneak-peek track is a mournful “Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child,” featuring the rhythm-and-blues vocal talents of Anthony Hamilton. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and six-time Grammy-winner will release the Louis Armstrong tribute album on August 19th. Anthony Hamilton is not the only guest star singing on the album either – this little gem is loaded with world class musicians. Bonnie Raitt, New Orleans native Ledisi and the McCrary Sisters in “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen.” Dr. John sings a duet of “Sweet Hunk O’ Trash” with blues artist Shemekia Copeland, and the Blind Boys of Alabama appear in “Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams” and “What a Wonderful World.” But that’s not all! Rebennack recruited more than six horn players to recreate the unmistakable sound of Armstrong’s trumpet.
You can stream the single “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” on Dr. John’s website here, as well as get the free download code. Check back in with the Encyclopedia of Music in August for a full album review of “Ske-Dat-De-Dat…The Spirit of Satch” or read about how Dr. John got the idea for the album here. The complete track listing for “Ske-Dat-De-Dat,” with the special guests on each song, is as follows:
1. “What A Wonderful World,” featuring Nicholas Payton and the Blind Boys of Alabama
2. “Mack the Knife,” featuring Terence Blanchard and Mike Ladd
3. “Tight Like This,” featuring Arturo Sandoval and Telmary
4. “I’ve Got the World on a String,” featuring Bonnie Raitt
5. “Gut Bucket Blues,” featuring Nicholas Payton
6. “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” featuring Anthony Hamilton
7. “That’s My Home,” featuring Wendell Brunious
8. “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen,” featuring Ledisi
9. “Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams,” featuring Terence Blanchard and the Blind Boys of Alabama
10. “Dippermouth Blues,” featuring James “12” Andrews
11. “Sweet Hunk O’Trash,” featuring Shemekia Copeland
12. “Memories of You,” featuring Arturo Sandoval
13. “When You’re Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You),” featuring the Dirty Dozen Brass Band