The Band’s Robbie Robertson is back

Mar 24, 2011

Canadian born singer-songwriter Robbie Robertson is back with How To Become Clairvoyant – his first album in more than a decade. Robertson is best known as a founding member and chief songwriter of The Band, writing such classic songs as “The Weight,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and “I Shall Be Released.” Since The Band’s 1976 dissolution he has released a string of solo albums, worked with producer Daniel Lanois, scored several films and tried his hand at acting. With How To Become Clairvoyant, Robertson has returned with a very personal collection of twelve original songs in which he publicly addresses everything from a period of hard living with Martin Scorsese to strange encounters at New York’s famed Chelsea Hotel. The album features guest appearances from Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, guitarist Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes and a band of top notch session musicians. How has Robertson managed to find a common thread with such diverse artists as Bob Dylan, U2, Peter Gabriel and Eric Clapton? Where can the influence of Robbie Robertson and The Band be heard today?

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