Watch: The Band’s Robbie Robertson discusses how his Martin D-28 inspired The Weight

“What am I gonna write about?”

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In a clip shared from upcoming documentary Once We Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band, Robertson revealed that it was his Martin D-28 acoustic guitar that got the ball rolling for the writing of The Band classic The Weight.

As Robertson explains in the above clip, “I’m sitting there with a guitar, noodling around. I look in the guitar and, inside, on Martin Guitars, it talks about where they’re made – in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. I pulled into Nazareth… and it just- it was all coming to me.”

Once We Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band opens in select Cinemas 21 February and traces their history all the way until their final show. Watch a trailer for the film below:

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