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Robbie Robertson, “Night Parade” from Storyville (1991): Across the Great Divide

Robbie Robertson, “Night Parade” from Storyville (1991): Across the Great Divide

Robbie Robertson continued in his role as a curator of things that Americans take for granted with this New Orleans-focused project.

Levon Helm, “Dance Me Down Easy” from American Son (1980): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm, “Dance Me Down Easy” from American Son (1980): Across the Great Divide

This is a setting, like the measured context of the Band’s early work, that perfectly suits – even as it amplifies – Levon Helm’s voice.

The Band, “Let the Night Fall” from Islands (1977): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Let the Night Fall” from Islands (1977): Across the Great Divide

The Band appeared to be turning toward a kind of modernity that might clear the way for new explorations. But night was, indeed, falling.

Rick Danko + the All-Starr Band, “Raining in My Heart” (1990): Across the Great Divide

Rick Danko + the All-Starr Band, “Raining in My Heart” (1990): Across the Great Divide

Seemingly an offbeat choice for an All-Starr Band tour, “Raining in My Heart” had already become a signature part of Rick Danko’s solo shows.

Levon Helm, “Feelin’ Good” from Dirt Farmer (2007): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm, “Feelin’ Good” from Dirt Farmer (2007): Across the Great Divide

After a series of solo records that tended toward blues- and R&B-soaked fun, Levon Helm’s ‘Dirt Farmer’ goes deeper, experiences more.

Bob Dylan + the Band, “Something There Is About You” from Planet Waves (1974): Across the Great Divide

Bob Dylan + the Band, “Something There Is About You” from Planet Waves (1974): Across the Great Divide

These are the first hints at darker revelations to come from Bob Dylan on ‘Blood on the Tracks.’ But, because of the Band’s presence, far different.

The Band, “She Knows” from High on the Hog (1996): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “She Knows” from High on the Hog (1996): Across the Great Divide

Richard Manuel shows one final time why Rick Danko and Levon Helm always saw him as the Band’s true frontman.

Levon Helm, “Blues So Bad” from Levon Helm and the RCO All-Stars (1977): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm, “Blues So Bad” from Levon Helm and the RCO All-Stars (1977): Across the Great Divide

Left to his own devices after the dissolution of the Band, Levon Helm returned to the things that had been his strengths, his succor, and his joy.

Robbie Robertson, “The Lights” from Contact from the Underworld of Redboy (1998): Across the Great Divide

Robbie Robertson, “The Lights” from Contact from the Underworld of Redboy (1998): Across the Great Divide

Songs like “The Lights,” from Robbie Robertson’s adventurous 1998 solo album, could only come from this songwriter, in this moment.

The Band, “Back to Memphis” from Moondog Matinee (1973): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Back to Memphis” from Moondog Matinee (1973): Across the Great Divide

The Band simply stole “Back to Memphis” from Chuck Berry, who tended to wink his way through it. Levon Helm, however, found something darker.

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