ROBBIE ROBERTSON – ” The Weight ” With Ringo Starr and Musicians Across Five Continents

Posted: September 18, 2019 in MUSIC
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“What key is it in, Robbie?” Ringo Starr, sitting behind a drum set, asks Robbie Robertson over the phone. Ringo nods. “F-demented!” What happens next is a a joyous cover of “The Weight,” with Robertson reprising the recording’s soulful intro lick. A series of musicians from all over the world – Marcus King, Lucas Nelson, the Japanese guitar virtuoso Char, Congo soul singer Mermens Mosengo and more – all add their own flavor to the classic from different locations. “The Weight” was done on an epic scale, a year and a half of production over five continents. “We made it brick by brick, starting with Robbie,” says co-founder Mark Johnson, a Grammy-winning producer-engineer who’s worked with Paul Simon, Keith Richards and more. “That’s what makes this special. We could never have never assembled this group in the studio. You need to go there, and then when you go there, you’re where they feel comfortable. You hear that in the music.” 

The project comes from Playing For Change, a group that dedicated to “break down the boundaries and overcome distances between people.”  That includes schools 15 music schools across 11 countries, documentaries and viral videos bringing artists from different cultures together; the group have released videos for “Redemption Song,” “What’s Going On” and more. 

Take a load off and turn it up!! Dedicated To “The Band”: Rick Danko Levon Helm Garth Hudson Richard Manuel Robbie Robertson

Great songs can travel everywhere bridging what divides us and inspiring us to see how easily we all get along when the music plays.

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