Il polistrumentista di The Band parla con Raffaele Galli
(The multi-instrumentalist of The Band talks to Raffaele Galli)
From the January 2005 issue of the Italian monthly music magazine
Buscadero. The interview took place in the
summer of 2004.
The text is copyrighted, please do not copy or redistribute.
- In which way have you been involved in the Burrito
Deluxe's project? Through Sneeky Pete?
In 2002, Tommy Spurlock
(producer/singer/songwriter/guitarist) invited me to come to
Nashville and record a couple tracks on the
Georgia Peach. Tommy and Carlton Moody (lead
singer/guitarist) brought Sneaky Pete Kleinow (pedal-steel
guitar) out from California with the intent of a new
incarnation of the Flying Burrito Brothers. Georgia Peach is
the outcome. Now in this new aggregation, we have developed
our own sound. I co-produced Burrito Deluxe's latest CD,
Whole Enchalada with Carlton, who flew to Nashville from
Paris, France for every phase of the project.
Give us , please, a definition of your music as a group.
I 'm not certain what to call it, so let's say it is
Who's your leader?
It is a democracy. Everyone is equal.
Which are the most interesting tracks, in your opinion,
of the new album The Last Enchilada?
Gold is great. Carlton Moody's singing is the real deal and
my wife, Maud added vocal backup. The track, Sister is
Pete's instrumental composition. You can hear his playing
very well .
Do you think you 'll have a future in the country music
I would certainly like to produce more country... and of
course add a few keyboards, accordion and sax.
- Have you ever known Gram Parsons? What do you like most of
I do not recall meeting him. He was a good songwriter. He
has been gone a long time and will always be held close by
Which are your five favourite Band tracks?
Band, you mean THE Band? All of them... of course.
After the death of Rick Danko there are only three
original members of the group left. Robbie Robertson, Levon
Helm and you. Do you think there will be in the future a
chance to have you all play together again? If not in studio
maybe on stage?
There are really only two members of the group left. You may
recall that Robbie Robertson left The Band in 1976.
Are you satisfied about the Rhino 4 box set The Last Waltz
reelased two years ago ?
Yes and enjoyed the better sound quality. The
premier in NYC
was a nice event. Marty Scorsese and many celebrities filled
the Zigfield Theatre. Dr. John played at the after party.
The Bengali Bauls came along as my entourage and so did Hal
Willner and Richard Wall of the Four Walls.
Your label have planned a new box set of your stuff. What
do you know about this plan? Any live material or dvds?
I hope it will meet with everyone's high expectations. There
are a few tracks that no one has heard yet. It should be
fun. There is another project I'm involved with of The Hawks
that is almost finished with Other Peoples Music Inc. (OPM
Inc.) in Toronto. Wonderful archival stuff with Mr. Jan
Haust and Mr. Peter Moore doing restorations after years of
extensive research. They are both great to work with because
they are perfectionists and highly skilled with old and new
You are considered a keyboard genius but we all know that
you play many other instruments. Which is the one of them you
like to use particularly?
Besides keyboards, I enjoy playing the tenor saxophone and
like to use the accordion.
Two years ago you recorded your first solo album,
To The North, recently appeared here in Europe through
Corazong records. We enjoyed it, but which is your opinion
about it, now?
First, I would like to thank Corazong Records for releasing
The Sea To The North in Europe. Great guys! Mr. Evert
Wilbrink is good at what he does and we hope to have a long
association with Corazong.
Do you think there will be a follow up?
I am always involved with many projects. After releasing the
new Burrito Deluxe CD, The Whole Enchalada, my wife, Maud and
I are releasing our first live duo album,
Live in London [retitled LIVE at the WOLF after this interview took place). It
is a recording of our first duo concert performance in
London, Ontario, Canada. We were celebrating the opening of
their new city library's Wolf Performance Hall. We will tour
when it is released in Canada this coming October (2004).
This is especially meaningful because we are celebrating our
25th wedding anniverary this year.
In the end, two ritual questions of ours:
Which are your best five records?
Best of Spike Jones, Leona Anderson's Music To Suffer By, The
Four Freshmen Live, Johnny Hodges with Wild Bill Davis, and
And who's your fave musician?
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