AXS TV’s acclaimed original interview series “The Big Interview with Dan Rather” returns on May 6 with roots rock legend Robbie Robertson of The Band. The all-new episode will air at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
In a sneak peek video clip of the installment, Robertson discusses how he and his bandmates basically pioneered the Americana genre while making the album The Band in Sammy Davis Jr.’s pool house.
He says, “… We turned the pool house into a studio – a recording studio and this place became a sanctuary where we could cut off the world. We were all together and the music that we were able to make while being in that zone was so together. The effect that it’s had on music to this day is quite extraordinary and I’m so proud of that. And this is when the brotherhood was at its peak to me. So, I just hold that very warmly in my heart.”
The recording process took place back in 1969 – and The Band was their second album. The record went Platinum in the U.S. and peaked at No. 9 on the U.S. Pop Albums chart. It produced a slew of indelible hits including “Up on Cripple Creek,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” “Rag Mama Rag,” “Whispering Pines” and more.
Robertson reflects fondly on that time as one of his favorites in his career, also noting the groundbreaking impact their recording had on music history. He tells Rather, “I mean this whole album is like a journey of music and stories in there. It was when people started referring to our music as Americana and it became a thing – and now there’s a category called Americana and it all came out of Sammy Davis Jr.’s pool house.”
The pair talked about many memorable parts of Robertson and The Band’s 50-year-plus music journey including reconciling with Levon Helm after their feud, how his time in the American South influenced “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” bonding with Bob Dylan, and his first album in eight years, Sinematic.
Be sure to tune in to AXS TV’s “The Big Interview” this Wednesday, May 6 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT to watch all of Robbie Roberson and Dan Rather’s entertaining and informative conversation.