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Mavis Staples recalls lasting impact of the Band’s ‘Last Waltz,’ Rick Danko’s humor + Bob Dylan’s hair

Mavis Staples recalls lasting impact of the Band’s ‘Last Waltz,’ Rick Danko’s humor + Bob Dylan’s hair

Mavis Staples says her appearance as a guest on the the Band’s ‘Last Waltz’ film forever reshaped not just her life but her setlist.

The Band, “Don’t Wait” from Jubilation (1998): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Don’t Wait” from Jubilation (1998): Across the Great Divide

“Don’t Wait” first reveals itself as one of their last era’s very best moments – and then as one of the Band’s very best, period.

Bob Dylan + the Band, “Going Going Gone” (1974): Across the Great Divide

Bob Dylan + the Band, “Going Going Gone” (1974): Across the Great Divide

“Going Going Gone” makes a definitive case for Bob Dylan’s 1974 reunion with the Band, so perfect is their musical reaction to his frayed lyric.

Richard Thompson, “Beatnik Walking” from Still (2015): One Track Mind

Richard Thompson, “Beatnik Walking” from Still (2015): One Track Mind

Richard Thompson is a traveler, always has been, and “Beatnik Walking” — both in its lyric, and in its creation story — speaks to that.

Bruce Springsteen – Devils and Dust (2005): Gimme Five

Bruce Springsteen – Devils and Dust (2005): Gimme Five

Mark Saleski returns to a handful of resonant moments from Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Devils and Dust,’ released on April 26, 2005.

John Manning – White Bear (1971): Forgotten Series

John Manning – White Bear (1971): Forgotten Series

We’re on the trail of the seemingly untraceable John Manning, a talented singer-songwriter who released a lone album, then disappeared.

Garth Hudson, “Little Island” from The Sea to the North (2001): Across the Great Divide

Garth Hudson, “Little Island” from The Sea to the North (2001): Across the Great Divide

On an album that justly earned accolades for touching upon every element of Garth Hudson’s roving genius, this grace-note finale often gets overlooked.

Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers boasts an underrated complexity

Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers boasts an underrated complexity

The Rolling Stones’ ‘Sticky Fingers,’ released on April 23, 1971, might just be better – shhhhh! – than the far-more-heralded album that followed it.

David Crosby reconnects with Byrds bandmate Roger McGuinn: ‘I have great respect for him’

David Crosby reconnects with Byrds bandmate Roger McGuinn: ‘I have great respect for him’

Though David Crosby has lamented the fact that Roger McGuinn seems uninterested in a long-hoped-for Byrds reunion, the two remain friends.

The Word [Robert Randolph, John Medeski + North Mississippi All-Stars], “When I See the Blood” from Soul Food (2015)

The Word [Robert Randolph, John Medeski + North Mississippi All-Stars], “When I See the Blood” from Soul Food (2015)

Robert Randolph helps set a new standard for improv gospel-jazz country blues supergroups. Because, yeah, they’re the only one.