An iconic band from the 1970s gets torchbearers for the 2020s. The Weight Band continue the legacy of The Band’s roots rock
Few bands have delved as deeply into the roots of rock music as The Band, formed in the late 1960s. Till the mid-1970s, few bands were as influential as this group, originally made up of four Canadian musicians and one American. Their history goes back further, however—towards the end of the 1950s, they were called The Hawks and were a backing band for the singer Ronnie Hawkins. In the mid-1960s, they backed Bob Dylan, touring with him when he first turned, somewhat controversially, to electric music. They came into their own in 1968, when they released their first full-length studio album, Music From Big Pink.