Robbie Robertson, legendary guitarist and creative force behind the rock group The Band, joins Dan Rather for an in-depth conversation about his career on Wednesday, May 6 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on AXS TV’s critically acclaimed celebrity sit-down series The Big Interview. Robertson is the subject of the new documentary “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band” available now on demand and DVD and Blu-ray on May 26.
Check out their work with Sammy Davis Jr. in the creation of their Americana music here.
Check out their reconciliation with Levon Helm here.
Other subjects Robertson discussed during the wide-ranging, hour-long interview include:
- How his difficult and complicated childhood in Canada led him to become a professional musician in the Mississippi Delta.
- Bonding with Bob Dylan while being booed by folk purists during their revolutionary first electric tour in 1965.
- Why The Band didn’t tour after releasing their first album.
- How Robertson’s experience in the American south inspired the hit song “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.”
- The dissolution of The Band after their concert epic “The Last Waltz” and Robertson’s relationship with Martin Scorsese that resulted from the film.
- His latest album, Sinematic, his first in eight years.