"We were fortunate to get to play with Levon [Helm] several times before he passed," singer Jim James says. "It was one of those, 'I think I'm gonna pass out' moments. You think, 'I hope I'm doing this justice.' And at the end, we came up and sang 'The Weight' with him and his band. It was unbelievable to be that close to one of your idols."
James also remembers the first time he stumbled across the roots rock legends. "I remember seeing the Band on TV and as a little kid, I was like, 'Whoa, people can sing and play drums at the same time?' I'd never seen that before."
To hear My Morning Jacket explain why "the first time a human being sees The Last Waltz is pivotal," check out the full interview above. And if you're anywhere near the East Coast, you definitely don't want to miss My Morning Jacket performing alongside Roger Waters, John Mayer, Eric Church, Gregg Allman, Lucinda Williams and the Levon Helm Band at the October 3 fundraiser Love For Levon, a benefit concert in East Rutherford, NJ, that aims to 'Save the Barn' and ensure Helm's legacy lives on.