"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down".


I am very fortunate in having heard this amazing song performed live by The Band on their tour in support of the s/t "brown" album. The only other live music experience I’ve had that equals it was hearing Little Village perform John Hiatt’s "Lipstick Traces" on a soundstage in Burbank in ’92. The Little Village album was not so hot, but they sure were!

The Beatles? Saw them in ’65. Hendrix? Saw him in ’68 and ’69. Cream? Saw them in ’67 and ’68. The Who? Saw them in ’68 and ’69. Who else ya wanna name? Sorry, hearing The Band live spoiled me for just about EVERYONE else. Not Iris DeMent, whom I just saw this past Thursday. Stunningly great!


Here’s J.R. Robertson, Eric Levon Helm, and some other guy talking about the song and its’ creation:







Other fun facts about The Last Waltz:


- Ever wonder why Neil Diamond---clearly out-of-place---was included in the roster of artists? Robertson had produced his latest album. Shameless self-promotion.

- The rehearsal for the show was running long, and Robertson asked Levon to tell Muddy Waters they were going to have to ask him to not do his segment (which is one of the highlights of the concert). Levon’s reaction was "If Muddy’s out, so am I."


This post and the one above should make obvious why Levon held Robbie in the contempt he did.


I thought Jerry Garcia (the Jerry Garcia Band) covered this tune very well on several occasions. Of course, the Grateful Dead covered some of The Band's other songs as well. I think I wore out the cassette tape I had recorded two of Robbie Robertson's solo albums on. Good artist, good song writer. R.I.P.


I found that I enjoy Robert Plants solo releases as much as the LZ body of work.  Greg 

The Band, The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and Buddy Guy did a tour of Canada together in 1970, traveling from city-to-city on a train car they took over. Rick Danko and Janis had a ball together, singing old Hillbilly and Blues songs. The tour was filmed, and is available on a DVD entitled Festival Express.



I respect the Hell out of Joan Baez. But she became the object of derision amongst myself and my peers when she sang "till so much calvary came" instead of the correct "till Stoneman’s calvary came" in "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down". Come on Joan, if we could hear it surely you should be able to!

And surely those living in glass houses should be wary of throwing stones 😀

I assumed @roxy54our resident grammarian, would have seen to this, but since he hasn’t, I feel obliged to point out that “Calvary” (the place where Jesus was crucified) and “cavalry” (military troops on horseback) are very different words.

And don’t you think you should really cut Joan a little slack:  I mean who among us has never been the victim of a mondegreen (a misinterpretation of a word or phrase heard, especially in the lyrics of a song)?  So ‘scuse me while I kiss this guy, since I hear there’s a bathroom on the right!

With apologies to Jimi and Credence, respectively.