This quote from Rick, which some of you may already be familiar with, appears in the current issue of the New Jersey-based rock rag, The Aquarian Weekly:
Back when The Band was doing their thing in Woodstock out at Big Pink, Rick Danko was once quoted as saying, "When people were stacking up Marshall amps and blowing out their ear drums, The Band was down in the basement at Big Pink trying to get a balance. It wasn’t about one person trying to blow the others away, it was about trying to play together and find an economical common ground.” Asbury Park’s own Montagna And The Mouth To Mouth carry on that ‘60s idealism while mixing their own eclectic brand of communication into the foundation.
The quote was included as an intro to a review of a new CD by the band Montagna and the Mouth to Mouth. I find it interesting--though not surprising--that, though Rick was never a so-called "spokesman" for The Band, he is so often quoted, not just by other musicians, but by members of the music media--the hip ones, anyway.
(Just as an aside, The Aquarian Weekly, for which I wrote a few short pieces many moons ago when it was in its second incarnation as East Coast Rocker, has always been a Danko-friendly publication. And for that, we gotta love it!)
If you'd like to see the full article, here's the link: http://www.theaquarian.com/2009/11/19/shoreworld-montagna-and-the-mouth-to-mouth—l’avenir.
(Photo above (c) Stephanie Chernikowski)