Miller posted the following on FaceBook about the recordings:
"In January of 1965, Dayton Stratton called (I was in
Oklahoma and no longer living in Fayetteville) to tell me
that Levon (now as 'Levon and the Hawks') would be playing
that weekend at the Fondalite Club in Tulsa. I lugged my
47-lb. Wollansak tape recorder up to the club where I --
even with Bill Avis' help -- was, unfortunately, not able
to set my two mics up in a good position (not very good
quality because of that, which gave me the inclusion of
lots of crowd noise and 'clinking' of glasses, plus
there's been some degradation of the 55-year-old tape
itself). It is what it is, but at least I came away with
18 songs of the most arranged and rehearsed, killer bar
band on the planet! Still a few months away from hooking
up with Dylan and three years from their shedding the 'bar
band' tag with their (Inter)national debut as The Band."
This interview was published in connection with the cinematic premiere in Europe of
Once Were Brothers: The Story of Robbie Robertson and The Band.
A few quotes from the article:
"[Levon Helm and myself] never really
reconciled. But I visited him when he was sick. When I
arrived, he was already unconscious."
"I know they tried, twice, with a whole film crew to get [Garth Hudson] to give his side of the story, but his health wouldn't allow it. You have to maintain some respect for a person, otherwise it wouldn't accurately portray him."
If not for corona, then [Robertson and Martin Scorsese] would now have been finishing Killers of the Flower Moon, Scorcese's most recent movie.
...the second part of [Robertson's] autobiography... should be done at the end of this year.
...[Robertson] will have a Zoom meeting with a scenario writer about a future film on The Band. "No documentary but drama. I really hope I still get to see its release."
Thanks to Imar Koutchoukali for translating the interview for us.
Added 200 photos downloaded
from social media this spring/summer.
Recently published on YouTube: Concert for Hospice 1990 -- 27-minute long concert video with Levon Helm, Jim Weider and The Cate Brothers Band, from a benefit gig for the Arkansas hospital that nursed Levon's mother Nell:
"I feel about bass playing as I do about background
singing. It's nice to leave the top of the beat for
the vocal and spread the other parts around the
beat. That gives the music a sort of Ferris-wheel
effect and carries it along."
This one had gone under our radar:
Rick Danko guested on one track on Norwegian(!) band Green Cortinas' 1995 album Sleep.
The track with Danko is available on YouTube, well worth a listen:
"In February 2017, the Daily Mail became the
first source to be deprecated as an 'unreliable
source' to use as a reference on the English
Wikipedia. Its use as a reference is now
'generally prohibited, especially when other more
reliable sources exist'. Support for the
ban centred on 'the Daily Mail's reputation for
poor fact checking, sensationalism, and flat-out
"Levon 80": Levon Helm Studios Present a Newport Folk Revival
A live webcast event benefiting Levon Helm Studios & Newport Festivals Foundation:
THU. JUNE 18, 2020, 8:30PM ET
Featuring The Midnight Ramble Band with very special guests to be announced!
HD Webcast $19.99, order here
Rick Danko's brother Terry posts many lovely and often previously unpublished photos on Facebook, from his and Rick's life and musical careers. We particularly fell for this one from their tour in Japan in the late '70s: Rick photobombing in Kyoto.
Levon Helm, May 26, 1940 -- Apr 19, 2012
Eight years gone
The music will live forever
Neil Young's "lost album" from the
mid-70s, Homegrown, is scheduled to finally be made
available on June 20,
to Wikipedia and several other sources. The album will
include "White Line," a previously unreleased track recorded in England in
September 1974 as an acoustic duet with The Band's Robbie
Robertson. The recording was done a few days before Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's
Wembley show, where The Band was one of the opening
acts. Levon Helm also appears on Homegrown, playing
drums on "The Old Homestead". This track was recorded in December 1974 at
Quadraphonic Sound Studios in Nashville, and later released on 1980's Hawks and Doves.
Added 175 photos downloaded
from social media this winter.
As generous supporters of my previous
Band Photographs, 1968-1969, which became the highest funded
photography book in Kickstarter history at that time, I wanted to
personally thank you once again and invite you to view my new
Kickstarter campaign created to introduce my latest photography book
on THE BAND which I have titled "Contacting THE BAND". It will feature
enlarged (therefore easy to see,) selected contact sheets of the
photos I took of THE BAND for their first two albums, Music From
Big Pink and The Band, specifically designed to give you a
unique behind-the-scenes look at the process and frame by frame
progression of these landmark photo shoots, including personal
sessions with the guys at home and on the road.
This book will be the same page size (12x12 inches), at least 128 pages, beautifully printed, and specifically designed to fit perfectly alongside my earlier book on your bookshelf or coffee table.
You will find some great new rewards offered in this Kickstarter campaign including prints of my most well liked images available at a large discount. In addition, there are still some copies of the first edition of The Band Photographs book available in the Rewards section, but they are running low and I don't expect to be able to reprint it with the same quality -- sad to say.
So, thank you for your support and good will. I appreciate it and knowing that my works will be enjoyed is an inspiration to do more. Please take a look at my new book Contacting The Band at
We received this message from a dear old friend a few days ago:
"It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of
Bruce Bruno, a former sometime singer with Hawkins and
the Hawks. He passed on Feb. 19, 2020, after a long
illness. Bruce continued to remain a friend of Levon's
up until Levon's passing."
New article/video interview published in Rolling Stone yesterday:
"The First Time: Robbie Robertson" -- "The former Band guitarist discusses meeting Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and Martin Scorsese, as well as playing Woodstock and realizing 'The Weight' was a hit".
Sad news this morning:
Marty Grebb died yesterday, after posting a farewell message on his Facebook account. Grebb had a long history of working with The Band. He was a member of Rick Dankos '70s touring band, he
contributed to The Band's Jericho (1993)
and Jubilation (1998) albums, and he played in
The Weight Band (featuring former members and collaborators of The Band). He was a member of Bonnie Raitt's band for 25 years, and also worked with Chicago,
Leon Russell, Elton John and Muddy Waters. May you rest in peace, Marty Grebb.