The Band’s sublime third effort, “Stage Fright” , released in August 1970, went Top 5 and sold over a million copies. 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.
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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 […]
It is the golden anniversary of the timeless Van Morrison essential “His Band and Street Choir” . This ultra-rare, fascinating interview is nothing short of a revelation…
…for me in Autumn 1970 with discovering the Allman Brothers Band, as it was their second album, “Idlewild South” , which was my gateway drug to a five decade musical high for what turned out to be, as legendary producer Tom Dowd put it it, “the greatest musical fusion I’ve ever witnessed.”
This live acoustic version of “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed”, originally served up fifty years ago on only their second album, Idlewild South .
In the 45th anniversary August of Marshall Tucker Band’s “Searchin’ for a Rainbow”, 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”.
The World Premiere radio special in July 1980 for the Lynyrd Skynyrd survivors’ highly-anticipated ( and highly emotional ) return as the Rossington Collins Band on “Anytime, Any Place, Anywhere”.
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
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band “Against the Wind” was one of their seven Top 10 multi-platinum albums in a row.