Robin Roberts, Robbie Robertson, C. R. discussed on Morning Becomes Eclectic


C. R. W. my name is analysts and it is a great pleasure for me to welcome to the studio robin Roberts in the morning hi I am thank you so much for coming over and being with us today I think probably most of you listening to me know who Robbie Robertson is but if you don't know he has been at and a musician a composer a song writer for most of his life as starting very young and you've had a busy past few years because you're the subject of a documentary called wants her brothers that will talk about you've composed the music for Martin Scorsese's the Irishman you released your own solo album you've written a section of your autobiography and you've ever seen the fiftieth anniversary reissue of the band's self titled album how do you do that it sounds exhausted as I feel like I need to take a nap no it's been an extraordinary time and all of these projects have turned out quite magical so I'm I'm very grateful for that well I'd love to start with the documentary and I guess it's also with your album as well with a song once were brothers because that really became the song for the documentary and it's also on your new album and I'd love for you to tell me about how that came to be and how they came to be part of the film yeah they came to me and asked if they could make a documentary based on my book testimony and I said well yes it's good just just do your job really well and what will be fine but anyway while they were doing that I was making this album cinematic and I sat down one day to write another song as you do when you're making a record and I wrote the song once were brothers and it really was reflective of of the brotherhood of the guys in the band that that are no longer with us so when I played it for the filmmakers they said whoa this this works so well for the film and we even want to call the film once were brothers so that turned out really nice in the movies playing around town right now and the reception has been just terrific so it was good this song really sets the mood for the film and I you know I've been a fan for very long time and if full disclosure my husband is a massive fans and I and he is thrilled that you're here today by the way bites I he was telling me about his sort of history with you because he saw you back in San Francisco back in the day he's a bit older than I am and he always talked about the brotherhood of the band that was always sort of a common theme and he was telling me that and then you know we started watching the documentary and there was once her brothers and I found that's a powerful yeah I I don't know that there's ever been a story quite like the story of the band and and wow we had just that such an amazing journey and and you know we we played at Jack ruby's club in our house we played you know from the discipline circuit all the way up to Canada we've been there and back and then we hooked up with Bob Dylan and then you know we were part of two or three musical revolutions and you know you couldn't ask for a wild ride and then to be able to conclude it with the last waltz it yeah it it it down it's it's it's powerful here's what I'd love to do right now let's play the song once her brothers which is from your album cinematic and and if I may cinematic with an S. nine what's that all about well you know we didn't want to be too on the nose I like it let's listen to once we're brothers and then I'd love for you to tell us about how you journey to Arkansas because I'd find that story so much fun and I want you to share with everybody this is Robbie Robertson's new album cinematic the song is called once were brothers it's morning becomes eclectic on K. C. R. W. what does cool yes your we're almost the man G. once we were brothers it is from Robbie Robertson's new album called cinematic and I am very fortunate today because Mr Robbie Robertson is sitting right across from me a KCRW thank you for being here thank you that is such a powerful song and a powerful title for your documentary and I I wanna play another song from your album called dating kid in a moment but I find that song so not what I was expecting because you have such a story about not being a dad and kid you were growing up in Canada right and you were playing music at a very young age and you started writing songs at a very young age can you tell us about that yeah I had big ideas big dreams and when I was very young and starting out I couldn't help but want to share these ideas in these dreams and partly because being in Canada you know it's just it's right there above the border but yet it's quite a distance away and people there when I was growing up to become successful the gold in the world and do what I was talking about doing they were like your year G. you're just streaming and you're gonna get your heart broken really yeah and also I grew up in some you know I I grew up in my you know part of my family and everything was kind of underworld characters and then my mom was from in the Six Nations reserve and and so there was a lot of problems with people in the family the background so they were saying you're probably is going to end up in jail you know that was the encouragement here god and I said well I'm going to have to figure out how to overcome this well well I I I I side bar which your best gangster story all my god no no no it would take days and we're going to have to do it all all night shows okay okay well I look I look forward to hearing that but you didn't end up being a dad and kid you ended up forming a band in high school is that right or in middle school I started when I was thirteen I had a band called Robbie in the robots no no yeah phrase so and then and then I hooked up with Ronnie Hawkins and the hawks and how did you hook up with him in the first place I wrote a couple of songs when I was fifteen the recorded any thought well maybe this guy's got something going on and then he asked me to come down to Arkansas to try out to be in the group but the problem was I was sixteen then right I was too young to play in any of the places that they played share I wasn't experienced enough I didn't play gets harder yet well enough and worst of all I was from Canada these no Canadians in southern rock and roll bands it's against the rules I thank I think it is too as a girl who grew up in the south well I I overcame those obstacles and he ended up hiring me and then with Ronnie Hawkins and the hawks each guy that eventually became a member of the band came in under that as well as where we all started out together we were all teenagers and then and you started replacing Ronnie Hawkins band with your people right you certainly right illustrated how can spend like they were all from the silos and then each of these guys who were from Canada and Ronnie side he had found some kind of a a pool of talent in Canada that wasn't being tapped into so he hired besides having leave on who is from the Mississippi Delta in Arkansas the rest of this world Canadians and then he you know he made us practice night and day he made us work and work and we worked so long and so hard and so well that we outgrew him musically and we laughed and then this guy Bob Dylan came along and said what did you take a ride with me for a while my gosh okay we have to get into that but I want it sort of go back to the irony and play this on dead end kid from your album because the dead end kids song ended up not being really your story but yet you shared it on this album and it's very personal yeah the M. this was a story I needed to tell well let's listen to it it's dead end kid from Robbie Robertson's new album called cinematic is morning becomes eclectic on KCRW.

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