Grammy-winning guitarist and composer Shane Theriot hails from the New Orleans area and has been playing guitar since the age of 11.

Theriot’s versatility in the studio and on stage has led him to work with many artists in virtually all styles of music, including Willie Nelson, Rickie Lee Jones, Hall & Oates, Boz Scaggs, Branford Marsalis, Randy Brecker, Sammy Hagar, Allen Toussaint and many others. At age 25, he joined the world-renowned Neville Brothers, touring and performing internationally as a member for eight years. He’s currently working as the music director for Daryl Hall’s award-winning TV show Live from Daryl’s House.

When Dr. John died of a heart attack on June 6, 2019, the legendary pianist known as the Night Tripper was in the final stages of a new album, Things Happen That Way. Nearly three years after the Zu Zu Man’s death, the collection of country covers, reworked classics, and new originals has finally been posthumously released. On the album, Dr. John is joined by a number of special guests, including Willie Nelson and Aaron Neville.

Theriot, who co-produced Things Happen That Way with Dr. John, joined us in the Gumbo Kitchen to talk about the making of the record.