I listen to The Band only occasionaly. (Mostly when I'm in need of some equivalent to church or the elaborate flag voodoo that some get down with.)Yet I honestly love them as deeply Bowie or Radiohead or Wu Tang or anyone else on the front burner of my life's soundtrack. From what I've observed it seems that my own relationship with The Band is common among a good many Americans in my generation.
Damn but we lost a solid oak American voice today. Pour your wine.