Technical question. If my vocal range is E2 to D4, what key(s) should I be able to sing “The Weight” by The Band in? One of my band members and I disagree, and I would like the opinion of a professional.
The original key is A and the range of the song is roughly an octave plus a whole step. The lowest note in A is an E2 and the highest an F#3, the lowest notes as a brief pickup on some phrases of the verse (i.e. at 0.30) and the highest in the verses and chorus (i.e. at 0.22-0.26). FYI You should easily be able to sing it in the original key since the low notes are very brief and almost ghosted.
With your usable range you can technically sing this song anywhere between A and F, a total of 9 keys. That being said I don’t think the song would sound very good any higher than in your key of C, especially if you want to keep the character of the original version.
In your comment you asked if the song would be too high in the key of G but I would think your band has in mind to do it a step lower than the original, which would be a step below your range. A minor 7th higher, which would put it in the stratosphere would be a step above your range. You can probably get away with singing it in G a step below the original but it would be in your low register.
Another thing to consider is the range of the background vocals which can start to get pretty high. Those can be sung an octave lower but they would have a different character that way.