When The Call’s main songwriter/singer Michael Been passed away recently , a quote was attributed to him in his obituary where he claimed to have seen The Band in concert at age 18 , which set Been on a life’s course of music literally until the day that he died . Watching Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz , The Band’s Thanksgiving 1976 swan song , shows how that kind of epiphany could happen . But the earliest work of this quintet with the generic name is no less impressive : when Rolling Stone magazine writers compiled their Top 500 Albums of All Time , The Band’s 1968 debut Music from Big Pink ranked at #34 . That’s almost twenty places higher than The Beatles’ debut !… (more)
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Little did they know when Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko, and Robbie Robertson released their second album, with the minimalist title The Band, that they were inventing the musical bedrock which would come to be known as Americana through the songs “Rag Mama Rag”,”The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”,”Up on Cripple Creek“, […]
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; on its fortieth anniversary.
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 […]
With the release of the album Darkness on the Edge of Town in 1978, Bruce Springsteen went from the Cinemascope sweep of Born to Run three years earlier to the Rock Generation’s defacto Secretary of Labor.
at nine tonight you can bet that at that appointed hour Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band will hit the stage in Jacksonville, Charlotte, Virginia Beach, Raleigh, Washington DC, Jones Beach, and Holmdel NJ on a series of six dates with destiny in Detroit beginning June 6!
While not completely copping to the charge by the late music writer Timothy White that the previously unknown success of Bob Seger‘s 1976 album Night Moves was giving Bob “platinum paranoia”on the followup Stranger in Town, Seger did admit to me,”There were certain tracks that gave us fits. ‘Brave Strangers’ was one, actually. We […]
Charlie Daniels told me that he had just finished writing “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” before he and the Charlie Daniels Band performed it at their annual Volunteer Jam in Nashville on January 13,1979 , making this performance the first ever before a live audience .-Redbeard
–Gary Rossington, Dale Krantz, Allen Collins interviews conducted by Redbeard May 1980 in a Manhattan hotel room. -Source is analog open reel transferred flat to WAV file. A little noise reduction is the only processing. -Silence gaps are open reel tape leader on master. -For DEMONSTRATION ONLY, not for production. Copyright 2017 BeardedFISCH LLC, cannot […]
With the sad passing in April of namesake guitarist John “J.” Geils, it is only fitting that we throw down a J Geils Band house party of sound comprised of their back-to-back two most popular studio albums of the ’70s. Music writers loved this Boston-based jump blues band for several reasons, not least of which […]