Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Robbie Robertson has died at age 80. As an elder statesman of twentieth century rock, as well as 21st century film soundtracks, we were blessed by his stories, wit, and wisdom multiple times here In the Studio.
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Widely viewed along with Bob Dylan, The Byrds, and Gram Parsons as fathers of the Americana musical movement, The Band also may have been one of rock’s first alternative groups. In part one of this classic rock interview, main songwriter Robbie Robertson (“The Weight”,”The Night They Drove Ol’Dixie Down”,”Up on Cripple Creek”,”The Shape I’m In”) helps me make that case.
Interview includes the legendary “Last Waltz” concert and subsequent Martin Scorsese-directed film never included Robbie Robertson threatening to leave the band, as has been misreported for years;
There is ample evidence in this conclusion of our two-part In the Studio rockumentary on The Band as to why Robbie Robertson has always been one of my favorite musicians with whom to converse. A great storyteller gifted with rich language skills, The Band’s main songwriter and lead guitarist through seven studio albums 1968-1976 and […]
Bruce Springsteen and the COVID-19 depleted (but not diminished) E Street Band in Dallas 2-10-23 with a rare performance of the Detroit medley “Devil with the Blue Dress On/CC Rider/Good Golly Miss Molly/Jenny Take a Ride”.
In the 50th anniversary April of Marshall Tucker Band’s debut, we feature Doug Gray and former member Jerry Eubanks telling charming stories while surrounded by “Take the Highway” and “Can’t You See” (sung by Toy Caldwell ) from MTB’s 1973 debut; a scorching live performance of “24 Hours at a Time” with Charlie Daniels on fiddle; the late George McCorkle’s “Fire on the Mountain”,”Virginia”, and “Searchin’ for a Rainbow”.
Bob Seger followed up his breakthroughs “Live Bullet” and “Night Moves” with May 1978’s “Stranger in Town”, which has sold over 7,000,000 copies because it contains seminal songs “Hollywood Nights”,”Old Time Rock and Roll”,”Still the Same”,”Feel Like a Number”,” ‘Til It Shines”, and “Brave Strangers”. Bob Seger is my guest In the Studio on “Stranger in Town” ‘s 45th anniversary.
When you are as prolific a song craftsmen as Bob Seger, there is little reason to cover anybody else. But a lucky crowd got to hear Bob Seger lead his Silver Bullet Band through a rousing version of John Fogerty’s “Fortunate Son” long ago.
To mark the fiftieth anniversary of their breakout live album “Full House”, it is only fitting that we throw down a J Geils Band house party hosted by lead singer Peter Wolf In the Studio.
The legendary Allman Brothers Band had officially disbanded even prior to the deaths of drummer Butch Trucks and singer/ organist Gregg Allman in 2017, but to this day I still marvel how it all could have possibly continued for almost half a century after what happened so early on at a critical launching point in the band’s career during the making of their fourth album, “Eat a Peach. it was Duane Allman who formed and led the Allman Brothers Band, and behind them an entire new Southern Rock movement. But at the end of October 1971 midway through the recording of what would become” Eat a Peach”, Duane died riding his beloved motorcycle. Gregg Allman (who died May 2017) and ex-guitarist Dickey Betts reveal how the music sustained the brotherhood.