While The Band had critical success on their first studio effort 1968's "Music From Big Pink" they didn't waste anytime before getting back into the studio to make their follow up. The Band was now respected in their own right apart from Ronnie Hawkins and Bob Dylan. They had the support of a growing fanbase, critics and most importantly musicians like George Harrison and Eric Clapton. However, while The Band were enjoying the frills of a now more luxurious lifestyle that didn't impede on their music making. Their self-titled second album, later referred to as "The Brown Album" pushed them even further in the music cultural zeitgeist. The approach similar to what they had done with their first album. This time holing themselves up into a homemade studio in the Hollywood Hills as opposed to the mountain wilderness of the Catskills in upstate New York. The Brown album went on to produce some of The Band's most well known songs like "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "Rag Mamma Rag", "Whispering Pines" and "King Harvest (Has Surely Come" and further cemented their influence in the creation of the Americana genre of back to basics. Their sophomore album was also their own unique commentary on America from the perspective of the now increasingly forgotten peoples: the farmers, the truck drivers and even the drunkards! Moreover, The Band began to play live again for the first time in years, taking part in some of the most important festivals in music history like: the Toronto Pop Festival, Woodstock and Isle of Wight all in 1969. While also playing historic stints at Bill Graham's Winterland in San Fransisco and Fillmore East in New York. The Band was nearing the peak, their reach was growing, their influence looming large and they were able to make the music they had yearned to create for over a decade. Please Consider Following Us: Instagram: @TheBandPodcastTwitter: @TheBandPodcastFacebook: /TheBandPodcast
Originally released on The Band: A History's Patreon. We sit down and talk with Breanna McCann, the curator and archivist behind the new project The Manuel Archive.
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This week we sit down and chat with Joe Forno. Forno was born in Woodstock, New York. His father an influential local and was friendly with The Band. Forno graduated Albany College of Pharmacy in 1973 and had a career as a pharmacist before assisting Richard Manuel and Levon Helm with their...
“None of us truly understood where we were headed, but we knew change was inevitable.”
The Band meant something, their music had spoken to many. Whether that meant flying from another continent, taking a train cross country, selling their worldly possessions or quitting a job, even the slightest...