Levon Helm, Musical Thrower Downer

Sev turned us on to Levon Helm‘s album Dirt Farmer when we were up at Dovetail Farm, and those songs have been churning through my head ever since. Levon was the drummer for The Band, and in my opinion, the best voice in their crowd.

Levon Helm in his original stud days.

Levon Helm in his original stud days.

Since those days, he’s whipped up quite a reputation as the gracious host of The Midnight Ramble Sessions, a monthly musical throw down in the barn/studio at his place in Woodstock that has seen the likes of Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Levon’s daughter Amy Helm of Ollabelle, lots of stoked attendees, and many other marvels. This release, his first solo studio album in over twenty-five years, was well worth the wait. It came out late last year, and I’m not the only one who thinks it’s really, really good. It won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album. And Nile loves it, too. What better credentials need you?

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