Sunday, February 10, 2013

Musical Time Machine: The Band & Dr. Dog

Music connects time, place, memory, emotion, and sound. It marks, punctuates, and accents the many macro and micro moments of our lives. When the music itself is built out of musical histories and genres, it makes the marks on our lives all the more indelible. 

A select few bands are able to capture all of that simultaneously. Time, Place, Memory, Emotion,   Sound.

When musicians weave these influences while penning something new and fresh...we are in precious territory.

For Consideration: The Band and Dr. Dog. Two groups that artfully weave folk, gospel, rock, pop, ballad, funk, soul, country, roots, and eclectica.

Here then for your listening pleasure is a video one-two punch from two important groups with noted similarities that straddle American musical genres, linking us to something bigger and deeper than self, while acknowledging the place of the individual in the social collective human experience.

The Band: Detailed information can be found here

Brief Wiki Bio: "The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group that originally consisted of Rick Danko (bass guitar, double bass, fiddle, trombone, vocals), Levon Helm (drums, mandolin, guitar, vocals), Garth Hudson (keyboard instruments, saxophones, trumpet), Richard Manuel (piano, drums, baritone saxophone, vocals) and Robbie Robertson (guitar, vocals). The members of the Band first came together as they joined rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins's backing group, The Hawks, one by one between 1958 and 1963."

"In 1964, they separated from Hawkins, after which they toured and released a few singles as Levon and the Hawks and the Canadian Squires. The next year, Bob Dylan hired them for his U.S. tour in 1965 and world tour in 1966.[1] Following the 1966 tour, the group moved with Dylan to Saugerties, New York, where they made the informal 1967 recordings that became The Basement Tapes, which forged the basis for their 1968 debut album Music from Big Pink. Because they were always "the band" to various frontmen, Helm said the name "The Band" worked well when the group came into its own.[2][N 1] The group began performing officially as The Band in 1968, and went on to release ten studio albums. Dylan continued to collaborate with The Band over the course of their career, including a joint 1974 tour."

"The original configuration of The Band ended its touring career in 1976 with an elaborate live ballroom performance featuring numerous musical celebrities. This performance was immortalized in Martin Scorsese's 1978 documentary The Last Waltz." (Wiki, 2013).

The Band: Big Pink

Dr. Dog: Detailed information here. 

Brief Wiki Bio: "Dr. Dog is an indie rock band from West Grove, Pennsylvania.[1] Its lineup consists of Toby Leaman (bass guitar), Scott McMicken (lead guitar), Frank McElroy (rhythm guitar), Zach Miller (keyboard), andEric Slick (drums). Lead vocal duties are shared between Leaman and McMicken, with all members contributing harmonies. In addition, each band member has a nickname, and they have explained that friends of the band also receive nicknames, which are drawn from aspects of their lives and personalities (Former member Andrew "Trial" Jones, for example, is a licensed attorney).[2]"

"The band's unique version of indie rock is strongly influenced by bands of the 1960s. Their earlier recordings show influence of the lo-fi sound and pop sensibilities of indie rock bands of the 1990s, such as Guided By Voices and Pavement.[3] Recent albums have featured more polished production" (Wiki, 2013).

Dr. Dog: Fate


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