Happy 70th birthday Levon Helm! A few years ago,I was lucky enough to spend some time sharing stories (and other things) with the man himself and he w
Happy 70th birthday Levon Helm! A few years ago,I was lucky enough to spend some time sharing stories (and other things) with the man himself and he was as nice and genuine as anyone I've ever met. The Band is one of the most important and influential bands in the history of popular music and I consider Levon to be one of the greatest singers in any genre. If you have a chance to catch him at one of his Rambles in his barn in Woodstock or on tour you will not be disappointed. Enjoy this song off of one of my all-time favorites, 1969's The Band.
Our sister site Newstalgia has for its mid-week concert (and mid-week antidote for Road Rage), Julian Rachlin and Itamar Golan in Recital at the 2009 Musica Mundi Festival.
It's the last night of this blog's fundraiser, too. A great night to send in a few bucks to support a blog that does so much, seven days a week. Thank you.
It's hard to put into words the effect that Levon Helm and The Band had on me as both a musician and a human in general. Levon always reminded me of the kind of person who's mere presence made everything feel alright. Through acrimonious band splitups, to the death of friends and bandmates, to a long battle with cancer, he always had a smile and was happy just to be sharing his inimitable musical gift with others. He was truly one of a kind. RIP. Read more...