See The Band's Robbie Robertson explain how his Martin guitar inspired The Weight

The Weight is an all-time classic from the American songbook that saw The Band transition from Bob Dylan's backing band to a new era with the 1967's The Basement Tapes and 1968 debut Music From The Big Pink. 

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But anyone who pays attention to the song's opening line will know it namechecks 'Nazareth' and there's a very good reason for that – Robbie Robertson's Martin D-28 guitar, as he explains in the video above.

The clip is taken from the forthcoming documentary, Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson And The Band, in select cinemas on 21 February.

Robbie Robertson performing with The Band at Queens College, New York, 9 January, 1970

Robbie Robertson performing with The Band at Queens College, New York, 9 January, 1970 (Image credit: Harvey Silver / Getty)

The documentary is based on Robertson’s 2016 memoir Testimony and follows The Band’s history to their 1976 Martin Scorsese-directed farewell show The Last Waltz. 

Rob Laing
Guitars Editor, MusicRadar

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar. I've currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with my own songs and I am enjoying playing covers in function bands.