Saturday, April 14, 2012

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Robbie Robertson Live

Robbie Robertson, former guitarist and songwriter for The Band, performed "He Don't Live Here No More" on the Jools Holland Show, England, April 2011. The song is part of Robertson's fifth solo recording, "How To Become Clairvoyant," released that month. In the album, his first since 1998, Robertson looks back at his past. The lyrics to this song describe life in the fast lane; Robertson commented, "It was a lifestyle of the time that most of my friends went through. Some came out the other side, and for some, the train ran off the tracks."


Michael The Molar Maven said...

Rock and roll may be at it's most powerful when artists who have made it through through reflect upon their past. There are so many examples - "My Back Pages" - Bob Dylan and "Thrasher" - Neil Young are two that quickly come to mind, but there are so many others. Certainly Clapton and Richards have important stories to tell as well. You chose an excellent, more recent example. I hope younger musicians are listening.

Jeff Tone said...

Thanks. Click on the link "looks back" in the post and you'll see an article on how his last album represents a different direction for Robertson, in that he looks back at the past and is more introspective. His compositions with The Band tended more toward storytelling.