The Band

I grew up in the mid 90's, those were my teen years and I enjoyed them as much as any teen, still listen to great music like the Smashing Pumpkins old stuff, Nirvana and so forth.  Luckily I grew up with an older father who was into country, 1940's era swing and old-school rock suck as Ronnie Hawkins, Elvis, that sort of thing.  And my mother liked classical music, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and older style jazz music.  So I was lucky enough to have all these broad influences all come together into something cohesive.

At around 16 I started hearing my dad playing records with songs like "Rocking Chair" and "The Night they Drove old Dixie Down" and I was immediately hooked.  No other band seems to have the capacity to almost literally step back outside of their own time frame and take a rather old, seemingly dead style of music, mix it with funk and rock influences and then revitalize it like The Band managed to do.  Since then I've had the pleasure of speaking with Robbie Robertson a few times (even convinced him to give me a lesson on some of the chord changed in "Rocking Chair".

Well, I just recently within the last few weeks read that the great Levon Helm passed away and it caused me to look around here to (surprisingly) find absolutely nothing on "The Band" as a band...I found some pages on Robertson alone, a few on Helm, but nothing in over half an hour of searching about the actual BAND itself, so I thought "what the hell" and made one up myself, if there IS another "band" EP group let me know, I'll happily join up and have no interest in stepping on anyone's toes so to speak.  For those who haven't had the pleasure, I'd recommend picking up their first couple albums, lay back, and take yourself back to the 1800's for a couple hours.  Well worth the listen, it's a rarity an ENTIRE band is as skilled as all these guys combined, for them to all come together is just...almost seems like providence (which is odd for an atheist to say).  Brilliant group who'll never play together again, they will be truly missed.
Charos Charos
31-35, M
May 22, 2012