The Band exploded onto the rock scene of the late 1960s with a force that stunned almost everyone. Originally touring as the backup ensemble for Bob Dylan’s 1965-66 U.S. tour, they came into their own with a unique blend of old-time bluegrass-country and rock music. The quintet produced Music from Big Pink (1968) and The Band (1969), two of the most acclaimed albums from the ’60s. Eric Clapton ventured that The Band’s first two albums changed the face of American rock n’ roll forever, and judging from the overwhelming number of celebrity cameo performances (Dylan, Clapton, Muddy Waters, Neil Young, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, and others) at their final show – dubbed The Last Waltz – it appears that Clapton was correct.
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One of The Band’s most iconic – and most covered – songs is The Weight, which chronicles a traveler’s journey to the C.F. Martin and Company guitar factory in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. There, the traveler encounters a variety of odd personalities who make some strange requests. This duo nails their acoustic version of The Weight, lending their own twist to the classic vocal harmonies that drummer Levon Helm and bassist Richard Danko used to put The Band on the map.