This week Stormy Mondays revisits the best Americana has to offer with the second volume of our covers of The Band series. The opening cut is from Kettle Joe’s Psychedelic Swamp Review (essentially Donna Jean, the Zen Tricksters and Mookie Seigel, which became Donna and the Tricksters, and then with a line-up change became the Donna Jean Godchaux Band): Time to Kill, one of the greatest summer sunshine songs ever written.
[Photo of The Last Waltz Ensemble by Aaron Williams]
Next, we turn to the Catskills themselves for Levon Helm and his band doing Going Back to Memphis, followed by another former member of The Band, Jim Weider and his Percolator Project (featuring Gary Lucas, Mitch Stein and the force of nature known as Rodney Holmes) for an entirely unique take on The Weight.
JGB was a great source for covers of The Band in the late ’80s and early ’90s, including this beautiful I Shall Be Released, followed by the southern cover band The Last Waltz Ensemble with a smoking rendition of the labor classic King Harvest. Finally, to close it all out is David Nelson and Friends doing The Shape I’m In with help from Bobby Vega on that thumping bass line. As always, enjoy!