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Published: 2012/03/15

Bruce Springsteen Makes Surprise Appearance, Dr. John Debuts New Songs at SXSW

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Two notable occurrences took place last night on the opening night of this year’s South by South West Music Festival. At the Austin Music Hall, Bruce Springsteen made a surprise appearance during Alejando Escovedo’s performance as part of the 30th annual Austin Music Awards. Springsteen joined Escovedo, Joe Ely and New York singer Garland Jeffreys toward the end of the set for renditions of Jimmie Dale Gilmore’s “Midnight Train,” the traditional “Going Down the Road Feeling Bad,” Escovedo’s “Always a Friend, and the Rolling Stones’ “Beast of Burden.” You can watch video of Springsteen and friends performing “Midnight Train” below.

Meanwhile, over at La Zona Rose, Dr. John debuted songs off his new album, Locked Down, which was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. According to Rolling Stone, the Night Tripper performed “Locked Down,” “Revolution,” and “Ice Age” off the forthcoming release. The New Orleans veteran performed with his steady touring group and other Big Easy musicians—including piano player Jon Cleary—and even played guitar at one point (Dr. John was originally a guitarist before switching to piano). Be sure to read our recent interview with Dr. John about his collaborations with Auerbach on Locked Down, featured in the Jan/Feb issue of Relix.

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