Robertson 'moved' by songwriting honour

By JANE STEVENSON, QMI AGENCY

Robbie Robertson was not only back in his hometown of Toronto for Sunday night's Junos, where he presented the awards' 40th anniversary tribute performance on the broadcast, he's also getting inducted into the Canadian Songwriter's Hall of Fame on Saturday (April 2).

'I'm really moved by it,' he told reporters backstage in the media room at the ACC. 'I think pretty soon they're going to be running out of awards to give me.'

Robertson also has a new album, How To Become Clairvoyant, just about to come out, featuring such guests as Eric Clapton, Tom Morello, and Trent Reznor.

'The reason that you work with these people is because they're not obvious and they do give you surprises but, at the same time, I've chose those people because they have a very special gift and I thought that they'd fulfilled the ideas that I had in my imagination for that music really, really well, and boy, they didn't let me down.'

He also had heard Garth Hudson's recent celebration of The Band's music with mostly younger artists although Neil Young is also on it.

'I was really impressed with a lot of the covers on that. I think Garth did a great job on it but I think that the artists themselves really stood up and knocked it out of the park. I'm very proud of the work that everybody did on that.'

 

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