The Band are probably best known for their work with Bob Dylan but this is a shame as they produced some stellar material independently and were influential in their own right. I have always enjoyed their lyrics about rural America; King Harvest and The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down particularly. A quick glance on Wikipedia this morning told me that Clapton credited Music from Big Pink with changing his life…strong praise indeed.
It’s hard not to enjoy their work when they have lyrics like the following.
Last year this time, was no joke,
My whole barn went up in smoke.
My horse Jethro, well he went mad
And I can’t ever remember things being that bad.