The Band were legendary, earning their status by backing Ronnie Hawkins as the Hawks from the late ’50’s up until they became Bob Dylan’s backing group and assuming their nondescript but perfect name. Rock Of Ages was an epic live album released in 1972 and augmented by a 5 piece horn section and guest starring Dylan himself on a few tracks. Make no mistake, The Band were fantastic without any guest musicians at all. These guys more or less invented roots rock, and had amazing chemistry and versatility. Three of the 5 members split lead vocal duties, and several of them switched instruments to suit whatever style they happened to be playing at any particular time. The results were musical bliss, including such signature songs as The Weight, The Shape I’m In, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Stage Fright, Don’t Do It, and many others. Their influence stretched far and wide, forever changing the course of popular music.
Written By Braddon S. Williams