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Despite many claims that artists like Bruce Springsteen typify the idiom of Roots-Rock/Americana, that distinction has, for me and always will be, the exclusive distinction of The Band. They have represented a true, no-frills, no pretense, straight-from-the-heart/real-deal portrayal of Americana in a way very few, if any bands have duplicated. Okay . . .some of them are Canadian . . .but still . . .
When they first arrived on the scene, there was a lot of excitement and anticipation for the release of their debut album Music From Big Pink. Initially, it was the acknowledged association with Bob Dylan, which was more or less a calling card which added to the buzz. But beyond that was a group of musicians who were unique in what they were all about, and were one of the tightest groups to see perform live. They were always a pleasure to see in concert.
And since this was a suggested request by a reader, I ran across this early live mini-set The Band recorded, oddly enough for the Dutch broadcaster AVRO, in a concert at The Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania on November 1, 1970.
Going along with the theme of music icons in a live, stripped down setting this week – The Band assumes the perfect fit.
They always did anyway.
Enjoy and get ready for the weekend – it should be interesting.