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Wounded Bird Helps “The Hawk” Take Flight Again

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It’s very possible that you might be enjoying Bobby Charles, reviewed yesterday in this very space!  But whether you’re grooving to Bobby or not, you might be interested in some more Band-related news!

Long before Rick Danko produced Bobby Charles’ Bearsville LP, Danko joined Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson in supporting the one and only Mr. Ronnie Hawkins as his Hawks.  Though colorful rockabilly legend Hawkins was born in Arkansas, he found his greatest success in Canada, where he assembled the Hawks line-up that would later become The Band.  (Helm was another transplanted Arkansan, while the other Band members hailed from our neighbor up north.)  That classic Hawks line-up left Hawkins in 1964 to explore new musical avenues, eventually backing Bob Dylan at the arguable peak of his career.  By 1970, The Band was firmly established, and Dylan was on his own, once more.  But the ripples of The Band’s early albums were felt throughout many quarters of the music industry.  The time was right for The Band’s mentor, the original Hawk, to soar once more.

The perfect complement to Rhino Handmade’s deluxe edition of Bobby Charles’ self-titled album might just be the two Ronnie Hawkins titles coming your way from Wounded Bird Records.  1970’s Ronnie Hawkins and its 1971 follow-up, The Hawk, were both originally released on Cotillion Records.  For each album, Hawkins collaborated with a famed group of musicians and proved that he could still fly on his own.  Wounded Bird drops these on October 18.

Hit the jump for more on both albums including full track listings! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

August 17, 2011 at 10:05