Saturday, December 12, 2009

It was a different time (or, The Band, Ed Sullivan, and Cripple Creek, oh my!)

In large part due to the 2nd encore performance of "The Weight" by David Rawlings, Gillian Welch, & 3/5ths of Old Crow Medicine Show last night in Omaha, I was inspired to listen to Side A of each of the first two The Band albums today.

40 years ago and some change, The Band played the Ed Sullivan Show on November 2nd, 1969.

A very young-looking The Band, kickin' out some abbreviated-for-60s-TV jams, mofo!

Do make sure to pick up a copy, if you don't have one already, of Leven Helm's 2009 release "Electric Dirt" which just barely got edged out as my album of the year.

Hopefully in the months ahead, I can finally get around to reading Levon's 2000 autobiography "This Wheel's on Fire: Levon Helm and the Story of the Band".

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