Robbie Robertson was once asked why he waited 11 years after the breakup of the Band to release a solo project, and he replied, "I wasn't so sure I had something to say." One can hear a bit of this thinking in Robertson's self-titled solo debut; it's obvious that he didn't care to revisit the country- and blues-flavored roots rock that had been his bread and butter with the Band, and at the same time Robertson seemed determined to make an album that had something important to say, and could stand alongside his legendary earlier work…
With songs like "The Weight" and "Up on Cripple Creek," songwriter/guitarist Robbie Robertson and his partners in the Band introduced a music lexicon, one soaked in the mythology of the Old South, that has influenced countless musicians. In this remarkable memoir, Robertson weaves together his rollicking years with rockabilly Ronnie Hawkins; the Bands formation and trial-by-fire supporting Bob Dylan on his 66 world tour, and the cloistered sessions leading to their unique sound. He recounts catapulting to fame and takes us through the astonishing album run that culminated in The Last Waltz farewell concert. Testimony is the story of seismic 1960s change, of how Dylan and the Band redefined culture, and of the profound friendship between five men who created music that still fascinates us.
Named one of Rolling Stone s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, Robbie Robertson sets to release, How To Become Clairvoyant, his fifth solo album and his first record in more than 10 years. Guitar virtuosos Eric Clapton (who co-wrote three tracks with Robertson), Tom Morello and Robert Randolph guest on the album, which Robertson co-produced with Marius de Vries. How To Become Clairvoyant also features Steve Winwood and Trent Reznor as well as vocalists Angela McCluskey, Rocco Deluca, Dana Glover and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes. Bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Ian Thomas lay down the groove throughout.
Canadian only 13-track collection spans the years 1987 through 1997. Highlights includes a duet with U2 on 'Sweet Fire of Love', 'Showdown at the Big Sky' which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Mainstream rock chart' and 'Broken Arrow' which was a hit single for Rod Stewart in 1991…
Music for The Native Americans is a 1994 album by Robbie Robertson, compiling music written by Robertson and other colleagues (billed as the Red Road Ensemble) for the television documentary film The Native Americans. The album was Robertson's first foray into writing music specifically inspired by his Mohawk heritage. Robertson brought in his son Sebastian Robertson to handle the drums on "Golden Feather", "Skinwalker", "It Is a Good Day to Die" and "Words of Fire, Deeds of Blood". His daughter Delphine Robertson sings backing vocals on "Coyote Dance".
Digitally remastered two CD deluxe package containing the first two solo albums from the former leader of The Band, each of them featuring bonus tracks. His self-titled debut album, originally released in 1987, features two bonus cuts: 'Christmas Must Be Tonight' and 'Testimony' (Edited Twelve Inch Remix). Storyville, his 1991 sophomore effort, features 'The Far, Lonely Cry Of Trains' and Storyville' as bonus tracks.
The veteran composer Robbie Robertson, lead guitarist with The Band during its "classic" era, teams up with longtime friend Eric Clapton to compose a batch of highly personal new songs. Robertson sounds fantastic backed by the rhythm section of bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Ian Thomas (except on track 8 where drumming ace Jim Keltner steps in). Guest musicians include Steve Winwood, Tom Morello, Robert Randolph, and Trent Reznor.