Airs Friday, October 25 at 10 p.m. For this hour-long special, The Band co-founder and songwriter Robbie Robertson sits down with host Mike Etchart for a candid, insightful and revealing conversation on the behind-the-scenes history and dynamics of the group, and the inspiration and stories of some of their best known songs, like "The Weight", "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and many others that are interspersed throughout the program. Robbie also discusses the original influences of The Band and their music, and why their sound continues to influence contemporary groups like The Lumineers and Mumford & Sons. Before there was "Americana".......there was The Band.
Airs Friday, May 18 at 9:00 p.m. A one-hour music and commentary show about the late musician Levon Helm, drummer for the seminal Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group The Band, and a revered solo artist. Helm died April 19, 2012 at the age of 71 from a recurrence of throat cancer that had threatened his life as far back as 1997. This program features Helms vocals and drumming with The Band, as well as some of his post-Band performances, with special attention given to his Midnight Ramble concerts held in recent years at his home in Woodstock, NY. Among the commentators complimenting the music are journalist Anthony DeCurtis, musicians Shawn Colvin, Rich Pagano, David Gans, Grammy Museum head Bob Santelli and others plus archival clips of Levon Helm himself.