The Band's Rick Danko Remembered In Luke Doucet Song

photo by Carrie Musgrave- for the Grateful Web

Guitarist/songwriter Luke Doucet found himself in Woodstock, NY on the day fellow Canadian and The Band's singer/bassist Rick Danko died. In the southern rock inspired ballad "The Day Rick Danko Died" Doucet commiserates on the passing of Bob Dylan's former bandmate with an interesting character he met at a local bar upstate on December 10, 1999:

I was in Woodstock the day Rick Danko died.
I climbed up on a barstool beside a perfect stranger and both of us cried.

He said he was a guitar man- used to play with Bob Dylan.
I don't know if I believed him but to call his bluff tonight would surely kill him.

Do not cry old man, it's not what today is for.
Two dead rocks stars in one night is more than anybody's gonna cry for.

Bottoms up stranger, let's tip one for the bass man.
Let's bury him tonight, at the bottom of this mason

Luke Doucet's 'Blood's Too Rich' (Six Shooter, 6.24) marries Crazy Horse rhythm with The Band's swaggering melodies to tell candid tales of drifters and ne'er do-wells. The in-demand guitarist follows up his Juno nominated 'Broken (and other rogue states)' with this folk rock opus.

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