EP 224 | Dr John ‘Things Happen That Way’


New Orleans, Louisiana is one of the World’s greatest music cities.

Mac Rebennack was Dr. John,  one of the singular faces and voices of New Orleans music.

A true leader in the studio, on the streets, and on stages of the World,  Mac won 6 Grammys and became friends with Ken Ehrlich, the long-time producer of the show.

Mac was planning future projects when his life was unexpectedly cut short in 2019. Now, 3 years after his passing, Things Happen That Way will see the light of day. The album, which features three brand new original compositions, an amazing reworking of Dr. John’s 1968 classic, I Walk on Guilded Splinters, and new interpretations of songs by Willie Nelson, Cowboy Jack Clement, Hank Williams, and The Traveling Wilburys was released on Friday.

Things Happen That Way marks the fulfillment of a long-time goal of the six-time GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter/pianist and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, who first began plotting a country-inspired album decades ago. The album also features guest appearances by Aaron Neville,  Mac’s long-time friend and frequent musical collaborator Willie Nelson, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

Our guest this week is Mac Rebennack’s and Dr. John’s good friend, Ken Ehrlich.

When Mac passed, Ken was asked to write the liner notes for the album and give a farewell speech at Mac’s  Celebration of Life.

Ken paints a warm verbal picture of the man called Dr. John. Through his dark days of prison and drugs, breaking free of addiction to light up the stages of the world!

And he reads the closing paragraphs of his farewell speech.

Join us as Ken Ehrlich remembers the legendary Dr. John and tells the story of  his last album Things Happen That Way

Mulligan Stew Sept 24th 2022- Dr John ‘Things Happen That Way’


Mac Rebennack – known the world over as Dr. John died at dawn on June 6, 2019. For some of us, he was Dr John. The Night Tripper. For ALL of us he was the voice and face of New Orleans.

His latest (and last?) album Things Happen That Way, releases Friday.
And what an album. Guests include Willie Nelson,  Willies son Lucas Nelson and Promise of the Real. Aaron Neville.
Our interview guest is Ken Ehrlich who for over 40 years was the producer of the Grammy Awards. Mac had won 6 Grammys,  which is how they met and became friends.
When Mac died Ken was asked to write the liner notes and give the farewell speech at Mac’s celebration of life.
Mac Rebennack was a musical genius, a mentor,   a reformed addict, a Father, and husband. And such a character.  Which is why Dan Auerbach is shooting a documentary on Dr. John.

The complete dialogue – and it includes Ken reading some of his farewell speech for us – can be enjoyed on the Mulligan Stew Podcast. 


Dan Mangan
Snarky Puppy
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Asleep at the Wheel/ Lyle Lovett
Madison Cunningham
Larkin Poe
And the tracks that make up Bob Dylan’s appearance at The Last Waltz.
And Van Morrison live in SF



Mulligan Stew Terry David Mulligan CKUA Radio
preachin blues Larkin Poe single
blue suede shoes ry cooder the slide area
woman got soul the impressions people get ready
in my life madison cunningham single
The Stew Year 26 tmulligan@ckua.com Todays Guest – Ken Ehrlich on Dr John
trouble in mind asleep at the wheel. lyle lovett still the king
why get up the fabulous thunderbirds the essential FT
superstition stevei wonder talking book
TDMulligan – The Stew Guest – Ken Ehrlich on Dr John Album things happen that way
just know it dan mangan single
leave me as you found me whitehorse i’m not crying, you’re crying
last night in the rain tedeschi trucks band i am the moon 4
Guest is Ken Ehrlich – on his pal Dr John New album – things happen that way Coming UP
fats waller original e flat blues the california honeydrops our vinyl
shakin all over/gloria (live) van morrison a night in san francisco
bet snarky puppy belmont
Mulligan Stew Year 26 tmulligan@ckua.com send your requests
baby let me follow you down (live) The Band and Bob Dylan the last waltz deluxe
i dont believe you (live) the band and bob dylan the last waltz deluxe
forever young (live) the band and bob dylan the last waltz
baby let me follow you down (live) the band and bob dylan the last waltz deluxe
Coming UP on the Stew the new Dr John album with Ken Ehrlich
thats how strong my love is ben uncle soul single
stop and start the sadies colder streams
picking the numbers jessie northey onion knight
TDMulligan NEXT – Dr John’s new album with Ken Ehrlich
Ken Ehrlich – Grammy Producer Friend of Mac Rebennack – Dr John things happen that way
sleeping dogs best left alone Dr John Things happen that way
Ken Ehrlich – on Dr John Complete interview on Mulligan Stew Podcast
old time religion dr john and willie nelson things happen that way
Ken Ehrlich complete interview . mulligan stew podcast The Stew
walk on guilded splinters dr john with lucas nelson and promise.real things happen that way
End of the line Dr. John Things Happen That Way
Ken Ehrlich on Dr John complete interview on mulligan stew podcast

Mulligan Stew June 27th 2015 – Romi Mayes Interview-& Dr. John "Gumbo" – Matt Rogers from The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer Interview


This Saturday 5-7 MDT on CKUA Mulligan Stew presents:

Romi Mayes

Romi Mayes

Romi Mayes Biography 

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Hailing from Winnipeg  , Mayes is one of the hardest working independent musicians touring the globe today.
unnamedDevil On Both Shoulders’, her 6th full-length release, is another testament to why Romi Mayes’ past albums have garnered three Western Canadian Music Awards for Songwriter of the Year, two Western Canadian Music Awards for Album of The Year, a Juno nomination for Album of the Year, and various Canadian Music Award nominations.
She has relentlessly toured Canada, US, Europe, UK, and has shared the stage with the likes of Levon Helm, Derek Trucks, Ricky Skaggs, Jim Cuddy, Gordie Johnson, Guy Clark, Sue Foley, Fred Eaglesmith, Corb Lund, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, and many more.

Romi joins us on The Stew as she launches into her 2015 tour..by playing her last Winnipeg gig..
Can’t wait to play for her alberta Fans..
Check out the tour schedule – and this is just Alberta….
Nobody outworks Romi Mayes..and now she has a great set of tunes to go with all the energy.
July dates:
07/15 Red Deer, AB – Fratters 
07/16 Calgary, AB – Ironwood 
07/17 Fort McLeod, AB – South Country Fair 
07/18 Hinton, AB – Wild Mountain Music Fest 
07/19 Edmonton, AB – Mercury Room 
07/22 Jasper, AB – Jasper Legion 

GUMBO…from Dr John 

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GumboAfter over four years as The Night Tripper, Dr John returned to the music of his native city for his fifth album. Gumbo was a collection of covers of classic New Orleans tunes (including several Huey Smith songs), with Dr John leading a fantastic band consisting of keyboardist Ronnie Barron, bassist Jimmy Calhoun and drummer Fred Staehle, with horn arrangements from Harold Battiste. He himself called it “both a tribute to and my interpretation of the music I had grown up with in New Orleans in the 1940s and 1950s”.

It is often referred to as a corner-stone in New Orleans music.  Produced by the one and only Jerry Wexler
His version of “Iko Iko” managed to break into the Top 40, and it took him from being an underground cult musician to a widely-recognized authority on the music of the Big Easy. It also showcased his dazzling piano skills, which he had never really utilized that much as The Night Tripper (with a few exceptions).
Still today it is seen as one of the crowning achievements of his career.


Matt Rogers-The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer

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harpoonist-axe-murdererWhen he’s not writing, recording and touring with his partner Shawn Hall, he’s quickly becoming one of the go to producers on the coast.
Working with Miss Quincy, Savvie and soon his brother Ben.
harp and Axe play the Calgary stampede July 3 Rd at the Palomino and Aug 1 at the Calgary Blues Fest

With a name like the Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, you might be forgiven for thinking that the Vancouver-­based duo is some sort of concept group, based on a hypothetical love story between Captain Ahab and Lizzie Borden.’
 Chris Oke, Yukon News

In reality, Shawn ‘The Harpoonist’ Hall and Matthew ‘The Axe Murderer’ Rogers evoke much more than just grisly nautical imagery. Armed with an arsenal of harmonicas, a mess of foot percussion, and a road-worn Telecaster, the duo kick out raw and primal blues in the tradition of a ‘decades-deep blues style’ (Scott Brown, What’s up Yukon), while infusing the genre with a jolt of renewed energy.
The two met and bonded over music while recording a radio jingle. Their memorable name is inspired by a lyric from Kris Kristofferson’s ‘Bobby McGee’ that references the blues harp, (‘I took my harpoon out of my dirty red bandana’) and ‘axe’, a common term for the guitar.
Their influences range from the iconic songwriting of Willie Dixon to the boundary pushing of Jack White and Danger Mouse but their sound is distinctly their own, smothered in greasy, gritty soul and imbued with funk. Shawn Hall provides the rousing, rugged vocals and blues harmonica, while Matthew Rogers rips on the guitar and pounds the skins with his feet. Their music is unapologetic. It slaps you in the face and makes you sweat like it’s a sticky, summer night. It cuts you to the core. It’s the blues played the way it was meant to be played.




this is Mulligan Stew playlist – www.mulliganstew.ca What a weekend!
Dream in Blue Los Lobos Kiko
Big Chief Dr John Gumbo (Feature album)
Crazy little thing David GoGo Bare Bones
September fields Frazey Ford Edmonton Folk Fest sampler
this is Mulligan Stew www.canadahouse.com Coming UP- Romi Mayes Interview
It’s not what you think Dan Mangan Postcards and Daydreaming
Let the good times roll Dr John Gumbo (Feature album)
Low Light Lady Romi Mayes ( Interview coming UP) Devil on Both Shoulders
this is Mulligan Stew playlist – www.mulliganstew.ca Coming UP – Romi Mayes
Romi Mayes Interview
Wonder How Romi Mayes Devil on both shoulders
Romi Mayes Interview
Devil on both shoulders Romi Mayes Devil on Both Shoulders
Romi Mayes Interview
Bee Sting Romi Mayes Devil on Both Shoulders
Mess Around Dr John Gumbo (Feature album)
Rolling Stones Reuben and The Dark Edmonton folk fest sampler
this is Mulligan Stew playlist www.mulliganstew.ca Coming UP – More Gumbo from Dr John
Good Man Good Woman Bonnie Riatt and Del McClinton Luck of the Draw
Junko Partner Dr John Gumbo (Feature album)
this is Mulligan Stew www.coyotesbanff.com Coming UP – Harp and Axe Interview
Wild Horses Rolling Stones Stripped
any day now Long John Baldry A thrills a thrill
this is Mulligan Stew playlist www.mulliganstew.ca Coming UP – Harp and Axe
Stack O Lee Dr John Gumbo (Feature album)
this is Mulligan Stew comiing UP – Matt Rodgers from The harpoonist and the Axe Murderer
Mathew Rodgers Interview
Miss Quincy
Mathew Rodgers Interview
they dnt make them like then used to remix of new single Soundcloud
Fire and Brimstone Link Wray and Joey Welz Brothers and Legends
this is Mulligan Stew WWW.COYOTESBANFF.COM
Here we go again Norah Jones and Ray Charles Featuring…Norah Jones
Me and my Arrow Harry Neilson The very best (The Point)
Hst Bye everybody!!!!!
Compared to what Terence Blanchard with PJ Mortin Breathless