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    Any of you know of any great The Band covers on mandolin by good bluegrassers/folksters/people?

    They're definitely my biggest influence in the rock spectrum. I've amassed a large collection of covers in my repertoire, and I love playing them both on the acoustic as well as the electric 5 string! So I wonder if any other mandolinists are in love with The one, The only, The Band?? (besides the late great Mr. Helm of course!)


    Sorry in case this was covered in an old post - The search bar wasn't kind to the vastly general "The Band" search of mine, haha
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    Easily a top 3 band for me. Levon Helm was my first mandolin inspiration (actually a tie with Ry Cooder). Once or twice a year a try to play "When I Paint My Masterpiece" convincingly, and have yet to do so.

    This guy lays out Atlantic City pretty well:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdZiQxZ196Q

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    Default Re: The Band on Mandolin?

    The Gibson Bros. covered Ophelia very well.

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    Punch Brothers used to cover Ophelia a fair amount, with Gabe Witcher singing.

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=JT0hxx59oOs‎

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    I find that "The Weight" works well on mandolin, using the guitar chords, if you adapt them a little in order to properly voice the descending bass line at the conclusion of the chorus.
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    Scouring Youtube proved unfruitful for the most part! I'd love to hear more, but I guess that means I'll just have to cover them more and more! Haha

    Sifted through all the Punch Brothers Ophelia covers, they have some good ones in there, but I half expected a more rockin' rippin' cover by them! All such great musicians, but I think they lacked some spice for it.

    Gerrishlaw - Did I just find your "Intro to The Weight on Mandolin" video on youtube?? Haha, I'll be snaggin' that for the next time we cover it!

    Way too hard to find covers that aren't The Weight, Ophelia, or The Night They Drove Ol' Dixie down! So many amazing band songs, and they work so well with acoustic groups! I'll keep my eyes open for future covers! (Just heard an AMAZING reggae version of Ophelia a couple weekends ago by a band called Conscious Roots)
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    Quote Originally Posted by bob_mc View Post
    Easily a top 3 band for me. Levon Helm was my first mandolin inspiration (actually a tie with Ry Cooder). Once or twice a year a try to play "When I Paint My Masterpiece" convincingly, and have yet to do so.

    This guy lays out Atlantic City pretty well:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdZiQxZ196Q
    Greensky Bluegrass plays a version of Atlantic City as well -
    check it out here: http://archive.org/details/gsbg2013-04-13.matrix
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    Greensky Bluegrass plays a version of Atlantic City as well
    Ha. Paul I was at that show. I was hopping around like a fool in the back during this song and proceeded to twist my ankle.

    Oh and to stay on topic we play The Weight full bluegrass style.

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    I love the Band and consider Robbie Robertson to be very influential on my guitar playing and songwriting. This is from a practice tape of my brother Phil and I rehearsing for a festival gig. It Makes No Difference is one Robbie's great tunes and no one can sing it like Richard Manuel. This was played on the Kimble Octave I used to own. This tune almost went on my new solo albums, but used While My Guitar Gently Weeps instead. Maybe I'll use it sometime in the future. Would have used it this time, but had a clunker on octave I couldn't reconcile

    http://www.jimrichter.com/wp-content...Difference.mp3

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    "It Makes No Difference is one Robbie's great tunes and no one can sing it like Richard Manuel."

    Manuel didn't sing "It Makes No Difference".

    Rick Danko did.

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    Jim, great job on that tune. Doesn't get any better than the voices of levon, Rick and Richard

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    Sorry, brain aneurism. For some reason I was thinking King Harvest when I wrote my description.

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