Rick Danko’s voice, poignant now with aged wisdom, finds previously unknown depths.
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Across the Great Divide: The Band, “It Makes No Difference” from Northern Lights-Southern Cross (1975)
A moment like few others from the Band, and Rick Danko’s greatest vehicle.
Sometimes known as the lost Band album, ‘Bobby Charles’ is an overlooked treasure of roots rock.
It’s utterly clear just what Robbie Robertson is lamenting on this song.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, former Band vocalist Rick Danko found renewed vigor within another collaborative experience on ‘Danko/Fjeld/Andersen.’
Chasing down “Get Up Jake,” this dollop of hilarious country funk that outlines a crew’s failed attempts to rouse a boozy womanizing deckhand, is every bit as difficult as divining the concrete narrative on knotty fables like “The Weight.”
That this song, a legendary outtake from Bob Dylan’s 1983 album Infidels, heralded the Band’s long-hoped-for return to the studio was fitting.
The museful accordion of Garth Hudson on Rick Danko’s “New Mexicoe” heralds not just an important partial reunion for the post-Robbie Robertson Band, but one of the most notable lost gems from their combined solo careers.
An album that underscored their growing individualization ends with one last blazing reminder of the way the Band’s voices once intertwined, the way their music provided a transportive solace, the way they once were — and sadly, of course, rarely were again.
The Band had every right to this song, after what happened on that ill-fated night of April 17, 1969 at Bill Graham’s Winterland concert space in San Francisco.