Mercernary is the brand new full length studio album from Dr. John. Following on from the release of the mini album Sippiana Hericane (released to raise money for the victims of the New Orleans disaster), Mercernary is a tribute to the American songwriter and Capitol Records founder Johnny Mercer (1909 - 1976). Features cover versions of 12 of Mercer's most popular songs including 'Moon River', 'Lazy Bones' and 'That Old Black Magic' as well as an original composition by Dr. John entitled 'I Ain't No Johnny Mercer'. Parlophone.
Though Dr. John is by no means the first musician from the rock era to take a stab at the classic American songbook, the results have rarely been as satisfying as this. While all of the material was written by, inspired by, or associated with Johnny Mercer, this is very much a Dr. John album, with Mac Rebennack and his ace New Orleans rhythm section giving selections from "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby" to "Moon River" a funky, Crescent City spin. With the good doctor applying piano syncopation to an instrumental expansion of "I'm an Old Cow Hand" and giving his sly, playful rasp to a jaunty "Dream" and a bluesy "Come Rain or Come Shine," this tribute not only attests to the range, craftsmanship, and enduring appeal of Mercer's all-American music, it reflects the New Orleans master's interpretive depth. --Don McLeese