The Band’s lead guitarist and songwriter, Robbie Robertson passed away at age 80

Robbie 1280.jpg

Canadian musician, Robbie Robertson passed away Wednesday at the age of 80. He is known for being the guitarist and main songwriter for The Band.

He was the mastermind behind the iconic tracks “The Weight” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.”

Robertson passed in Los Angeles surrounded by family, according to his publicist. Garth Hudson is now the last surviving member of the group.

The Band was made up of Levon Helm the drummer-singer, Rick Danko the bassist-singer-songwriter, Richard Manuel the keyboardist-singer-songwriter, and Hudson who played multiple instruments.
The group was extremely influential for the Americana and alt-country genres.

The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

Robertson also had several solo albums and was a writer on many other songs:

“Snow” by Jesse Winchester

“Davey’s on the Road Again” by John Simon

“Dry Your Eyes” by Neil Diamond

“It’s in the Way That You See It” by Eric Clapton

Rural Lifestyle & Entertainment Shows
Dailey & Vincent are BACK ON RFD-TV for another great season, brought to you by Gus Arrendale & Springer Mountain Farms. Join them as they welcome scores of fabulous bluegrass, country, and gospel music acts as special guests!
Join popular polka performer Mollie Busta as she hosts the weekly “Mollie B Polka Party” on RFD-TV! The one-hour program features the nation’s top polka bands and a wide variety of ethnic styles produced on location at music festivals from around the country.
RFD-TV’s newest music series, “On the Record,” presented by John Deere, takes viewers on a journey through the heart of country music. Hosted by renowned broadcaster, Suzanne Alexander, the show features long-form interviews with today’s biggest artists and the veterans who inspired them. “On the Record” also gives viewers a front row seat to intimate performances and exclusive music video releases, highlighting the broad scope of Nashville’s talent.
Starring award-winning artist Perley Curtis, anyone who enjoys the classic sound of real Country music will love “Perley’s Place.” Filmed live at the iconic Nashville Palace, near Opryland in Nashville, TN, with a live audience, it’s one classic County hit after another.
Strap on your spurs and saddle up for a travel adventure with actress Debbe Dunning (also known as “Heidi the Tool Time Girl” from TV favorite Home Improvement) as she travels the U.S. and showcases the best dude ranches in the country on “Debbe Dunning’s Dude Ranch Round-Up.”