I don't like overt traditionalism.

When I was playing with Bob Dylan in, like, 1966, I was, like, 20 years old.

The direction is going the right way for respect for aboriginal people in North America, and all we can do is stand up and say, 'Please do it faster.'

I asked Bob Dylan to paint the album cover for 'Music from Big Pink.' He said, 'Yeah, let me see what I can come up with.'

A lot of times when you're making a record, you put your head down and charge forward until you're done. You just hope that the ideas hold up, because you're kind of lost in your own storm.

The Band is probably the ultimate example of people taking all kinds of music, from gospel to blues to mountain music to folk music to on and on and on and on and putting them all in this big pot and mixing up a new gumbo.

The road has taken a lot of the great ones: Hank Williams, Buddy Holly, Otis Redding, Janis, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis.

Music should never be harmless.

I'm really lucky because I found myself in a position where I can do whatever I want to do. I can make records, produce records, make movies, or I can do nothing. I'm not a slave to the dollar.

My mother told me when I was a toddler and in the crib that they would have music playing, and the thing when I lit up was boogie-woogie or something out of the Louie Jordan period of sometimes big bands, and then all kinds of things.

That whole lifestyle - make a record, do a tour: I know how to do that. It doesn't interest me.

I really have to feel a sense of freedom in my storytelling.

I don't want to be one of those people saying, 'Remember when things were better?'

I've always been in love with that Delta-flavored music... the music that came from Mississippi and Memphis and, especially, New Orleans. When I was 14, I was in a wanna-be New Orleans band in Toronto.

One of the things I feel very strong about is the achievement of the Band really being a complete band.

You never know what could be interesting tomorrow.

Bob Dylan is as influential as any artist that there has been.

Once you establish a foundation of knowing what the greatest recording artists of all time were... Wouldn't you want your kids to know this stuff?

One of the greatest live recordings, I think, in the history of the world is Ray Charles in Atlanta... And they didn't even have a big mobile recording thing set up. The word on the street was they only had like two microphones, one for the band and one for him. Perfect recordings. I think it's mono.

I'm always optimistic.

It's extraordinary that revolutions taking place around the world were sparked by communication on the Internet.

I feel so lucky to have been in a group where it was a real band. This wasn't a singer and guitar player and some other guys.

The native music of North America, the original-roots music of this country, is also the underworld music of this country.

The kid at 9 or 10 who knows who Billie Holiday is... that's the coolest thing ever.

You don't stumble upon your heritage. It's there, just waiting to be explored and shared.

There's a thing that has happened in the U.S. where the spirit has been beaten so badly and so you feel no unity in the voice of the country.

I admire those old road dogs, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan. That's their life.

It's a bit of a sore spot, the Thanksgiving in Indian country.

There's a bookstore in New York where you could buy scripts, and I got addicted to them because they were easy, quick reads... and the pictures were so vivid.

People think I left The Band and spoiled this whole thing, and that's not what happened. Nobody broke up The Band. Nobody ever said, 'That's it, we're done.'

Record making is an extraordinary experience.

If I can play one note and make you cry, then that's better than those fancy dancers playing twenty notes.

I play guitar quite a bit, because I'm always in search of something. I don't play to jam, but because I'm fishing. I'm looking for something, that I hope you can never find. If I do find it, I'm afraid I won't have a need to do this any more.

Do you know what a skin walker is? It's a thing in Indian mythology. There are certain people born with this gift, and they're able to actually get inside you and mess with your feelings and with your mind. And if a skin walker chooses to get a hold of you, there's not much you can do.

We need to have a taste factor in our life. It isn't about what's popular; it's about what's really good.

I'd always thought Cage's 'Root of an Unfocus' would be great in a movie.

To find a new star in the sky is pretty hard.

I like to work on records when I feel inspired, not because it's expected of me.

I think that there's always great music being made. Always has been, always will be.

At a young age I thought, 'Wow, that fiddle thing, that's pretty cool. That mandolin is great. These drums, I like these drums... ' They were Indian drums. And I was saying, 'But that guitar. That guitar. Girls are going to like that guitar.'

I wanted to develop a guitar style where phrases and lines get there just in the nick of time, like with Curtis Mayfield and Steve Cropper. Subtleties mean so much, and there is a stunning beauty in them.

Most of my younger Native American friends are not in any way looking for sympathy, and they're not looking to lay guilt on anybody. They have their dignity, and they do what they do.

Cowboys had guitars. And they sang country 'cause they lived in the country.

Chuck Berry told me if it wasn't for Louis Jordan, he wouldn't have probably ever even got into music. That Louis Jordan changed everything and made him want to become a musician.

Some people love some music, and they hear it a year later and they think, 'What was I thinking?'

I've been really fortunate that I've been at a lot of critical crossroads in my musical journey. When I look back, there are some pretty interesting things to look at.

I thought of a lot of people from the same era when I was making a lot of records that had continued making a lot of records. A lot of it didn't seem terribly inspired.

Sixteen years on the road is long enough. Twenty years is unthinkable.

I haven't been to many music events where somebody was performing and it actually made me cry.