New article/video interview published in Rolling Stone yesterday:
"The First Time: Robbie Robertson" -- "The former Band guitarist discusses meeting Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and Martin Scorsese, as well as playing Woodstock and realizing 'The Weight' was a hit".
Sad news this morning:
Marty Grebb died yesterday, after posting a farewell message on his Facebook account. Grebb had a long history of working with The Band. He was a member of Rick Dankos '70s touring band, he
contributed to The Band's Jericho (1993)
and Jubilation (1998) albums, and he played in
The Weight Band (featuring former members and collaborators of The Band). He was a member of Bonnie Raitt's band for 25 years, and also worked with Chicago,
Leon Russell, Elton John and Muddy Waters. May you rest in peace, Marty Grebb.
Our long-time Irish friend, singer/songwriter (and Band fan extraordinaire) Hank Wedel, has just released the EP
Charlies (On a Cold Cork Christmas Eve)
together with mandolin player Ray Barron. The EP, that is available both on
and Spotify, includes a lovely cover of The Band's "Christmas Must be Tonight".
You Don't Want To Miss This One! The Weight Band presents The Band's historic 1971 concert Rock of Ages, on December 20, at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY.
Tickets and more info. available from Ticketmaster
"Twilight" -- lovely early '70s demo version with Robbie singing.
"We love Christmas and the Holidays, it brings good cheer, and also stress and depression, so I wanted to do a song that celebrates both sides and have a little fun." -- Robbie Robertson's new Christmas track
"Happy Holidays" is now available.
"Helpless" - live version by our long-time friend
and contributor Pat Brennan's Dylan cover band
with guest vocalist Cathy Richardson, recorded during their Last Waltz concert at Fitzgerald's night club in Chicago, 11.16.2019.
Added 181 photos downloaded
from social media this fall.
Simon Harper/Clash magazine's long and wonderful The Band feature is finally here! You want to read this:
New theme song from the Robbie Robertson-produced soundtrack to
Martin Scorsese's The Irishman:
The Last Waltz Nashville: An All-Star Celebration of the Band's Historic Farewell Concert will be held on Saturday, November 23 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN:
This inaugural holiday event captures the excitement of The Band's historic 1976 Thanksgiving concert with some of music's biggest stars including Darius Rucker, Michael McDonald, Emmylou Harris,
Vince Gill, Nathaniel Rateliff, Warren Haynes, Jamey Johnson, Lukas Nelson, Margo Price, Don Was,
John Medeski, Cyril Neville, Dave Malone, Bob Margolin, Terence Higgins and Mark Mullins & The Levee Horns.
This once in a lifetime concert event includes a rare, very special appearance by music icon Robbie Robertson of The Band.
For tickets and more info., see The Last Waltz Nashville web site.
This is a new interview with Robbie by the brilliant Clash
Magazine's UK Editor-In-Chief Simon Harper! And Simon Says:
"My interview with Robbie was twofold - the last 10
minutes we're talking about the
abum, but the preceding 40 minutes was talking about The
Band for a huge 50th anniversary piece I've been working
on all summer, that will be going live next Friday.
For this feature I spoke with Robbie, Garth, John Simon, Jon Taplin and Elliott Landy, as well as celebrity fans Roger Daltrey and Ringo Starr. I am thrilled to say that it also features exclusive contributions from Pete Townshend and Bernie Taupin, too!"
Levon Helm's boyhood home has been moved from Turkey Scratch, AR, to neighbouring town Marvell, where it has been restored to it's near original state. The house was officially opened this weekend, and is now available for visitors to take a tour. Levon's daughter Amy was present at the opening, where she also performed with old friend and The Band collaborator C.W. Gatlin and others. Here are some photos from the event.
Another track from the upcoming
50th Anniversary Editions of the The Band, a remixed version of "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", is now available on Spotify, YouTube and elsewhere:
In November 2019, Capitol/Universal will be releasing
50th Anniversary Editions of the The Band, with loads of goodies, outtakes and previously unreleased material. An alternate version of "Rag Mama Rag" from the box is
already available on YouTube:
Robbie Robertson performed on Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show last week! Here's a video
of Robbie and a superb band doing a song from his new Sinematic album:
Farewell Peter Stone Brown: Our long-time friend and contributor to The Band web site, musician, writer, radio host, Dylanologist and The Band expert, Peter Stone Brown, passed away this weekend. Here are some
of the articles he sent us over the years:
"Doc of Ages" -- long and pretty good article in the new issue of
Point of View Magazine ("Canada's premiere magazine about documentary culture")
about the new film Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band,
with comments from Robbie and the very
young director Daniel Roher.
Levon Helm and Garh Hudson both contribute to J.C. Hopkins' album
It's a Sad and Beautiful World, recorded in 2004 and released in 2018.
Garth also appears in the video for the album's final track "Walking Cane".
Thanks to Joshua Butts for informing us about this one:
Showtime is currently doing a
called Shangri-La, focusing
on "creative conversation and the emotional side of
music-making", using legendary music producer and Def Jam
Records co-founder Rick Rubin's iconic Malibu, CA studio "Shangri-La" as
Of course the studio and The Band get heavy and early mention. Robbie Robertson shows up in the first episode and hangs with Rubin in the control room. The pool table is still there, but everything is painted white. They show the Rick Danko and Martin Scorses clip from The Last Waltz early on.
Shall Be Released" - live version by our long-time friend
and contributor Pat Brennan's Dylan cover band
with guest vocalist Terrance Simien, plus Alejandro Escovedo and
Jon Langford sitting in. Recorded at Fitzgerald's night club in Chicago, 07.06.2019.
A close friend of this site has cooked up some software that'll do a (pretty good) separation of the different tracks (bass, vocal, keyboards etc.) that are mixed together on records. Here's an example, revealing the vocal magic that a 28 year old Levon Helm created in the late '60s with a little help from Richard and Rick:
Would you like to see a relatively good quality video of The Band's 1974 concert at Wembley Stadium in London, UK? The whole thing, from start to finish? We thought so... and, thanks to the man Dag B., now you can!
More photos downloaded
from social media the last couple of months.
Robbie Robertson is currently "mixing the new album, editing the new book", according to his Twitter-account yesterday.
"RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked The World" -- RUMBLE is the electric story of how Native American influence shaped rock and roll, a missing chapter in music history, featuring Robbie Robertson. Thanks to Jonathan Katz for the link.