Oh but Gunnar, The Band hardly played popular music. They were something else.
They were only appreciated by those who were INTO what was being said, what the story was, why they were telling it. That's folk music. Or not, one of their best known songs was a fascinating story about absolutely nothing but whimsical hypothesis of exaggerated characters of TV and their own real lives.
Their style was unique, it's what made me want to hear the song louder and without anyone talking over it. Like trying to figure out a Dylan song, God help you, have fun trying and enjoy whatever you come up with. In that, they discreetly accomplished what Frank Zappa was always trying to do.