The Band Web Site
News and Updates
- "For Rick on His Birthday", by Carol Caffin.
Photo by Marie Spinosa
LRS Recording Studio
- 65 years ago, on December 29, 1942,
Rick Danko was born. He is deeply missed. The music will live forever.
- News from Jim Weider:
Jim just finished producing and playing guitar on Lucy Bo's
new CD, also
CD just came out that Jim
recorded all the guitars on. Jim is currently producing and
playing guitar on a new CD for Scott Paul. Jim and
are featured in the new video
Fuzz (about vintage
fuzz pedals). Jim filmed a video demo of his new
amp JW40 which Ben Fargen is putting up on the web in January.
Jim is a featured Celestion speaker endorser at
Tone on www.celestion.com.
ProJECT PERCoLAToR is going to Tour Italy and Switzerland
plus, starting last week of March 2008, the dates will be
posted up in the next couple of weeks!
2008 Jim Weider concert dates
available from jimweider.com.
- Added a page for the album
Tribute to Haruomi Hosono (Various Artists, 2007), featuring Garth Hudson. Thanks to Maud Hudson and Dave Zuck for the
New article from hellomagazine.ca:
"Alanis and rock veterans The Band to get lifetime recognition gongs". Quote:
"The Canadian rock legends will be presented with a lifetime of achievement statuette at a special ceremony in Los Angeles the day before the official Grammy gala. The three surviving members of the original quintet - Garth Hudson, Levon Helm and Robbie Robertson - will reunite to collect the prize."
Thanks to our friend Jeff for posting this links in the
Beware of flying pigs...
- The Band's official photographer,
Elliott Landy, will be
at the Lab Gallery in the Roger Smith Hotel, New York City, this Saturday, Dec. 22, to sign books and prints. Read more about the event and Elliott's Christmas exhibition in
- "Woncha stay an' keep Anna Lee company?", at her new web site
Anna Lee's Favorite Recipes.
Anna Lee's home cooked meals are absolutely wonderful. Also, make sure to read her
- And, finally, there's an official announcement from the
Grammy web site:
"Special Merit GRAMMY Honorees Named". Quote:
"Recipients of the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical GRAMMY Award were announced today by The Recording Academy.
Burt Bacharach, The Band, Cab Calloway, Doris Day, Itzhak Perlman, Max Roach and Earl Scruggs will receive The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award."
- "Take a load off: The Band finally get their Grammy" -- from the National Post yesterday. Link provided by Paul Schoninger.
- You MUST check out the
new home page of garthhudson.com!
- Big news, announced today: The Band have been honoured with
The Recording Academy's 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award! Other
recipients of the award this year are Burt Bacharach, Cab Calloway,
Doris Day, Itzhak Perlman, Max Roach and Earl Scruggs. Some company to be in!
Congrats to Garth, Levon and Robbie for this outstanding acknowledgement
of the quality of their work and their huge influence on popular music.
Also, thanks to the Academy for honoring the memories of the late, great Rick
Danko and Richard Manuel, by giving the award to the whole group.
Read more about the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award at
calls for celebration --
aquavit is on the menu tonight!
- Tuesday's Levon Helm program on National Public radio is
available for listening on the web. Very nice program,
including an interview and
several tracks from Dirt Farmer.
Today, it is eight years since we received the sad news that Rick Danko had left us. You may want to revisit
the old guestbook from
that day and the
days that followed -- the response from Band fans on the net was overwhelming.
- The hints we posted yesterday for the 2007
The Band Christmas Quiz sure helped --
more than 20 correct answers today so far...
- From garthhudson.com:
LEVON HELM whose latest release
Dirt Farmer has been nominated for a
Grammy in the category of
Best Traditional Folk Album (Vocal or Instrumental.)!
You've earned it! ... Garth and Maud"
- Just announced: Levon Helm's Dirt Farmer has been nominated for a Grammy in the Best Traditional Folk Album category!
- Hm... almost 10 years ago, the following was posted in our now-defunct
Sat Feb 7 05:16:30 MET 1998
Now, check out this article from Toronto Star today about the
Legendary Horseshoe Tavern' 60th anniversary:
From: west Toronto
The Horseshoe Tavern on Queen Street West. Is celebrating it's 50th Aniversary in 1998. For those of you that don't know, The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Is one of the pillars of live music...
the best night was in 1989. When The Band got their Lifetime Juno Award, The Band was playing at the Horseshoe, and Robbie Robertson showed up at the back door, with his guitar. He apparently joined The Band on stage. And the owner apparently bought drinks For the entire bar for the next two hours.
I remember the CBC broadcast of The Band playing with Blue Rodeo behind them. The Band being Robbie, Rick and Garth. Sans Levon. Was anyone there? If you were, let's hear about it.
"Several years ago, The Band was in town to receive a special Juno Award. The `Shoe had The Band onstage that Saturday, of course less Robbie Robertson. They had not performed together for many years.
About 12:30, the back door opened and in walked Robbie with his friend Reg Bouvier. I also noticed he had a guitar with him! My blood pressure went through the roof with excitement. Was I going to see a Band reunion in my club? Robbie opened up the guitar, put it on and entered side stage. The look of surprise on every one of the members on stage brought tears to my eyes and a roar from the crowd only equal to the night the Stones hit our stage.
So, can anyone confirm that Robertson actually joined The Band (including
Danko, Helm and Hudson) again on stage in '89?
- Daniel Lanois' new soundtrack album Here Is What Is, featuring Garth Hudson, will be
digitally released on December 15 via redfloorrecords.com.
On March 18 next year, Red Floor will release the new album on CD as well as the Lanois documentary of the same name. The film premiered this fall at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Thanks to Daan Arts for informing us.
- Levon Helm's Dirt Farmer
got four stars in the latest edition of Mojo Magazine. A few quotes from the review:
"The Band's venerable pulse airs songs he grew up with in rural Arkansas."
Thanks to Rudy Veirman for the update.
"Earthy, reassuringly calloused country and bluegrass is its currency..."
"...drip old-school dignity an a keen awareness of lineage."
Ho-ho-ho! Santa is back again with another
The Band Christmas quiz for us!
- Can anyone help here?:
"We're busy shooting a sequel to
Shakin' All Over,
this time covering
Canadian artists in the 1970s.
Do you know of any TV performances that The Band gave in England or
during that period, leading up to The Last Waltz? In particular, we're
looking for performances of songs like 'Ophelia' or 'Acadian Driftwood.'
Any help you or your website readers can provide would be greatly
--Nicholas Jennings, music journalist/author
Shakin' All Over: Canadian Pop Music in the 1960s,
the documentary that aired last year on CBC featuring Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson and countless other Canadian stars, comes out on DVD Dec. 11, with plenty of bonus interviews and a portion of sales going to
MusiCan, the music education charity of
the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. The DVD is
available from capitolmusic.ca.
- The Levon Helm web site has been redesigned. Nice job, Tony!
- More nice feedback and good info. from web site regulars:
In a recent Movies Rock magazine (supplement to Self magazine) documentary
ranking, Eat the Doc ranked #1. Easy Rider, which features
The Weight by
The Band, ranked 14th in the best soundtracks ranking w/in the same mag.
Martin Scorse's Mean Streets (featuring Robbie Robertson musically) was
ranked 3rd in the Unreleased Soundtracks ranking. We can't say that we
completely agree w/ the rankings as Prince's Purple Rain soundtrack is
There is also an article about Scorses's new Rolling Stones concert film
Shine the Light.
Thanks for everything you & your crew do in providing us w/an amazing
website on arguable the best band to ever exist. Your site is by far the
best website about any band.
Mike & Kim
- The Levon Helm Band will be appearing at the lovely
Beacon Theater on Broadway, NYC,
Friday & Saturday nights March 7th and 8th at 8 pm.
Tickets go on sale Friday, December 7th at 10 AM through
Ticketmaster only. Time to start saving up for another NYC
adventure, then. The Beacon gigs this year were incredibly good. The first show
sold out 10 minutes after sales opened on the net...
- "He Shall Be Levon" -- Jack Mctamney's wonderful review of
- Updates from levonhelm.com:
"The Levon Helm Band will be on The Imus In The Morning Show, Monday, Dec. 3rd from 6-10am.
This show will be on WABC Radio and a live stream at
also on RFD TV.
Saturday, Dec. 8th it's back to The Barn for a Ramble with Ollabelle. Then the following week, Dec 15th will be The Alexis P. Suter Band.
No Ramble on Christmas weekend.
Then it's The New Year's Shows!! Saturday, Dec 29th AND Monday, Dec 31st (New Year's Eve Show). There will also be an early show Sunday, Dec 30th at 6pm with Mike & Mharlyn Merritt.
We will be announcing guests for all the shows within the next week or so...
The New Year's Eve tickets are going fast, so get them while you can!
We hope to see you guys there. "
- It's feedback like this that still keep us ticking:
And thank you, Tony!
From: "Tony K*" <*@*.com.au>
Date: wed, november 28, 2007 15:45
Just wanted to add my voice to what must be many... You have created a FanTastic site! Thank you for your foresight and your dedication. It is astonishing how much material you have gathered. Even more impressive is how well you have managed to organise and present all this material.
I wish you all the best in continuing this wonderful work. Again, Thank you!
- The New York Cares organization, New York City's leading
volunteer organization that each year enables 33,000 caring New Yorkers to
volunteer at social service agencies, homeless shelters, public schools,
and other deserving organizations, is auctioning an EMI-donated copy, signed
by Robbie Robertson, of the
5-CD+DVD The Band box set A Musical History. You can support the
New York Cares Holiday Auction and be the lucky owner of this (highly
recommended) signed box set by visiting the
New York Cares auction web page.
- News from garthhudson.com:
"Bob Dylan Podcast - Episode 7: The Basement Tapes and Planet Waves are discussed with Garth Hudson and Anthony DeCurtis. Patti Smith hosts. Standard Podcast [8:15m] ... Producer:
Joyride Media ... You can listen
- amazon.com has just posted their list of
Best Folk Albums of 2007 -- guess who's the winner! Way to go, Levon!
- Band-related videos recently posted on YouTube:
- TONIGHT! THE MATT ANGUS THING BIRTHDAY BASH at THE STANHOPE HOUSE -
with special guests: GARTH HUDSON, BERNIE WORRELL, BERNARD PURDIE, JOHN
GINTY, KATHY PHILLIPS, MEMBERS OF HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR! To order
stanhopehouse.com or call:
973-347-0458. Ask for the Dinner Package to guarantee a reserved seat!
Show starts: 9:00 pm. Address: 45 Main St., Stanhope, New Jersey.
- The Hawk received a
Special Achievement Award
this year at the annual gala of the The Society of Composers Authors and Music Publishers of Canada. Way to go, Ronnie!
Thanks to Susan Slinger for the info.
- Check out The Band's guitar maestro Jim Weider's web site for
interesting news and new
- A track from Levon's Dirt Farmer in included on the
that comes with
the December issue of UK magazine The Word. Thanks to Peter Viney for the info.
- A personal note: We're considering importing a '60s
Karmann-Ghia from the US, and
would like to
get in touch with someone living in
California (LA/Santa Rosa/Sacramento area) that knows a thing or two about
- The interview with Garth Hudson by editor Simon Harper in UK's
issue (the one with all those juicy details from Garth and Maud
about the long rumoured
Levon and the Hawks box-set...) will be posted online a month after the pressing. The interview was done at the 100 Club in London on September 27th.
- The Levon Helm Band will be playing on the
first WABC broadcast of the "new"
Imus in the Morning show,
live from Town Hall in New York City
on Monday Morning, December 3, 2007
6:00AM to 10:00AM.
For tickets and more details
The total ticket price of $100.00 will be donated to the Imus Ranch for
Kids With Cancer.
- A little cut-and-paste from that "other guestbook" today:
Subject Hubert, Levon & the fellas in Yonkers?
This Friday night
@ The W at The Westchester Bar & Grill (Google it):
Hubert Sumlin, Levon, Jimmy Vivino, David Johansen, Mike Merritt,
Brian Mitchell & a guest appearance by Blondie Chaplin, doing:
The Howlin Wolf Tribute Band's HOWLIN for Hubert show.
Big fun & great music all around, ck it out fast, these always sell out, kids.
The Grand Ol' Man - Hubert Sumlin is always worth the night out, & when teamed up with Blues Afficianados like Jimmy V. & Levon, David Jo & Mike & Brian, well there ain't no way around it, ya got dem low-down dirty blues happenin'
(Blondie is just Big Huge Fun, too)
- The Nov 16 Entertainment Weekly has a pretty good article about Levon Helm
with comments from Emmylou Harris, Robertson, Tommy Lee Jones & the Hawk (pages 36-40). Thanks to Paul Schoninger for the
- The latest issue of UK's Clash Magazine has a nice two-page Garth Hudson
interview/article by editor Simon Harper, where Garth and Maud reveal some very interesting news about the long rumoured
Levon and the Hawks box-set.
- New Levon Helm interview with John Donabie!
- "To say it is his best solo album is understating the case. It virtually wipes out all his previous solo albums as well as those by the reformed Band. It's the first album I've heard in ages that made me reach for the CD booklet to see who is playing what" -- from Peter Stone Brown's
counterpunch.org review of Levon Helm's
- An announcement from our friend Bob Reichers:
"This Thanksgiving Day, November 22, WJZF radio in Standish Maine USA will be broadcasting a nine hour Band marathon!
WJZF will be re-broadcasting all of the Mystery Train specials featuring The Band, back to back.
The marathon will begin at 3:00pm and run through midnight EST.
Join Mystery Train and WJZF in celebrating the music of The Band on Thanksgiving Day! Plenty of rare tracks, live sets, solo material from each member, and lots of Levon and the Hawks. Perfect for your Thanksgiving Day celebration!
Mystery Train is hosted by Bob Reichers and can be heard anywhere in the world by logging onto
- The "mystery" guitar player from the 1979
Danko/Butterfield gig (see Nov.10 update below) has been indentified. The guy must be
Elvin Bishop, who did play with Butterfield, see this scan of a '70s Guitar Player mag.
Thanks to Greg Groves for clearing it up.
- New Canadian November concert dates for Garth and Maud Hudson
have just been posted at
- "Making music again: Legendary Levon's comeback album" -- great review of Dirt Farmer from the
- From Garth's web site:
Daniel Lanois Debut Film:|
"HERE IS WHAT IS"
featured on Piano and Organ.
"Here Is What Is" is arguably the best rock 'n' roll film of 2007.
The film opens with a magical performance on the piano by
Canada's national treasure, Garth Hudson, who also appears
elsewhere in the film on a few songs from Mr. Lanois' upcoming
CD release. Brian Blade and Brian Eno have prominent appearances.
There are also very special guest appearances by U2, Willie Nelson,
Emmylou Harris, Aaron Neville, Billy Bob Thornton and Sinead O'Connor.
- The soundtrack album for the new Bob Dylan film
I'm Not There includes a previously (officially) unreleased Basement
Tapes recording with Dylan and The Band.
- New addition to the Band fans photo gallery:
Richard Summers and Garth Hudson at the 100 Club in London in September.
- News from Levon Helm Studios:
- Loads of photos from the Midnight Rambles this fall are
available from levonhelm.com.
- Deane Carter's new album The Chain
has a cover of "The Weight". Deane's father, Nashville studio musician
Fred Carter Jr who played with "our
boys" in the Hawks in the early '60s and then again in the late '80s,
contributes guitar on The Chain.
Thanks to Dirk Mell for the update.
- Two European
both with versions of "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,"
to the to the
list of covers of Band songs:
Chanson de l'Eurovision (The Electronics, 1972),
Rock Me Gently:
A Tribute to the Great Canadian Songwriters (James Last, 1975, with sound sample!).
Thanks to Stephane Rebeschini and Peter Viney for the contributions.
- Check out these 1979 concert photos of "Paul Butterfield, Rick Danko and Friends" by Bob Sanderson. Can anyone help us identify the
standing next to Butterfield?
- "Levon Helm & The Midnight Ramble with Special Guests" are part of the
line up for next year's
taking place on April 24-27, 2008, on the campus of Wilkes Community
College, Wilkesboro, NC.
Thanks to Dan Schram for the info.
- "Dirt Farmer stands as an exquisitely unvarnished monument to Americana from a man whose keening, lyrical vocals have become synonymous with it." -- from the review in Washington Post this week.
Link submitted by Alex Hoffman.
- Here are two YouTube video clips with Marc Cohn,
sent to us by Paul Schoninger:
- Added two 2005 photos of the late Richard Bell. Thanks to Bill Munson for sending us these.
- Levon Helm's
got four stars from Mark Edwards in a review in the Sunday Times last weekend.
the highest circulation Sunday quality paper in the UK (about 2 million).
Thanks to Peter Viney for the info.
- Three new photos of Robbie Robertson with Linda Evangilista. Contributed by Jerry Hallier.
- More reviews of Dirt Farmer
(links from our friend Rudy Veirman in Belgium):
- New video interview with Levon Helm telling
the story of the Midnight Rambles and Dirt Farmer,
available from poughkeepsiejournal.com.
- New concert dates for
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Chris Bergson's band has a new album out titled
Fall Changes. The album was recorded at Levon Helm
Studios with several of the musicians from The Levon Helm Band sitting in, including the wonderful
Amy Helm. Bergson has also been
performing with Levon at the Midnight Rambles, and Levon and Amy are both credited with a "special thanks"
on Fall Changes. The music is rootsy and funky, with strong vocals and guitar from Bergson and
brilliant playing from the Chris Bergson band (Tony Leone on drums, Bruce Katz on B3 and piano,
Jay Collins on sax and Chris Berger on bass). I particularly liked the opening track, an original
titled "Gowanus Heights" and the inventive cover of Dylan's "When I Paint My Masterpiece".
Highly recommended! Available from amazon.com.
- According to Garth and Maud Hudson, the release of the
long-awaited 8-CD + DVD Levon and the Hawks Limited Edition Box Set From Bacon Fat to Judgement Day
has not been cancelled. The box set is still in the works and will be released in a
- He-hey! Right now, Levon's Dirt Farmer is #10 on amazon.com's
Music Bestsellers List!
- More news from levonhelm.com:
- We came back yesterday after an extended weekend in Woodstock, NY. And a
great trip it was! Magnificent Ramble on Saturday and a beautiful, relaxed Sunday afternoon outdoors gig with the Levon Helm Band at that farm south of Kingston
on Sunday, followed by a fun interview and photo session with Garth and
Maud Hudson late Sunday night.
Thanks to Barbara, Tony, Jimmy V., Butch the Judge and all the good people at
LHS for taking good care of us.
Thanks to Kay for the stories, the designated driving and everything else. Thanks to Stu and Marcia for a good time at that nice restaurant by the Woodstock Playhouse.
Thanks to Don and Sue at Big Pink for the basement tour (yes!) and their generous hospitality. And last, but (definitely) not least; thanks to
Levon for that groovy "transparent" gift :-)
- Levon Helm sings and plays drums on guitar legend Arlen Roth's new album
Toolin' Around Woodstock -- Featuring Levon Helm. See the press release for details.
- The Dutch Americana/country music website
has elected Levon Helm's
as best roots record of 2007. 4.5 stars out of five!
Thanks to Rudy Veirman for the info.
- We're going to the US tonight, for an extended weekend in Woodstock, NY. Our trip
is sponsored this time, by a major newspaper over here that's doing a story on Levon, the Rambles, the new album and The Band web site.
- Amy Helm's band Ollabelle are currently working on their third album
in a house in Athens, NY. You can read reports, see photos and listen to
from the sessions in the
- CBS News Online has now posted most of
Levon Helm's interview with CBS Sunday News, that aired last week, on YouTube.
- CBS Sunday Morning is doing a piece
on Levon, Dirt Farmer
and his comeback from cancer -- to air this Sunday,
9am east coast, USA time.
Thanks to Nick Tovo for the info.
- New review by Peter Viney of Levon Helm's
Our house DJ, young Final, represented Norway in
the 2007 DJ World Championship
this weekend. He was one of 12 DJs that got through the tough elimination round
and on to the "superfinal" at the O2 Centre in London Sunday night, where he played a
well-received set for the enthusiastic 3000+ crowd (including yours truly).
In the end, he came in as #8, behind seasoned DJ-celebs from Germany, Japan, USA, UK, France and Canada, securing Norway's best result ever in this event -- we'll go for the
- Check out this rumor from Uncut editor Allan Jones --
look at tracks 3 & 6!! Too good to be true... but thanks to J. Katz for the link.
- Recent news from levonhelm.com:
- Dirt Farmer
is now one of the top 100 best selling CDs on Amazon! (#65 today).
- The Levon Helm Band will be performing at Gill's Farm Stand in
Old Hurley, NY,
on Sunday, October 28, from 3 to 5 p.m. Special music for kids by Ida.
Free to the public.
- Recent news from garthhudson.com:
- HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL CANADIANS! Please visit the
for a musical celebration.
- This is the
for the 100 Club Shows we did. It was a great success!
- Here is Tim Hughes' review of Garth and Maud's concert at the rescheduled Truck Festival from Sunday's (September 23) Oxford Mail website
- Please visit MAUD WHISPERS & WAILS to read the rest of Maud's travelogue blog from their recent U.K. Concerts trip.
- Robbie Robertson will be featured performing "Who Do
You Love" with Eric Clapton
during Clapton's second Crossroads Guitar Festival this summer,
on a forthcoming 2-DVD set to be released
on November 20 --
should be a killer...
The DVD set has
38 tracks from the event
that took place on July 28, 2007, outside Chicago.
Read more at the Billboard web site.
Thanks to Tom Wilk for the info.
- News from Levon Helm Studios:
"New Ramble dates, November 10th and 17th. Tickets are still available for our 'Halloween Ramble' on October 27th. ORDER NOW!
Take advantage of our 'Group Rate Ticket'. When you order 5 or more Ramble Tickets (at the same time) the price will be discounted $25.00 per person. So tell your friends and put together a group and see Levon Helm's The Midnight Ramble!
New Midnight Ramble T-Shirts and Zipper, Hooded Sweatshirts with Levon Helm Studios Logo. ORDER NOW!"
- Clash Magazine just posted three videos on YouTube of Garth Hudson performing
at the 100 Club in London, UK, yesterday:
- Ian Margieson from the UK has written a new novel titled
Woodstock - In the quiet morning.
Set in 1969, the novel follows Irish music fan Joseph Morrison as he travels from his home in Belfast to the Woodstock Festival and then takes a road trip down through Tennessee, Mississippi and on to Texas.
With its several Band references, as well as lots of references to other musicians of the day,
the novel should be a very enjoyable read for anyone interested in The Band and the music of 1969.
The novel is not yet published. The author is currently seeking representation by an agent or publisher.
As a special treat to the fans of The Band, Woodstock - In the quiet morning will be
available for downloading for a limited period from this web site. Enjoy.
- "Mystic Nights:
The Making of Blonde on Blonde in Nashville." --
long, detailed article from Oxford American
with info. about the Hawks'/Band's involvement in Dylan's 1966 masterpiece.
- Canadian DJ and radio host legend
personal friend and
fan of Ronnie Hawkins, Levon Helm, The Hawks and The Band, and
a long-time contributor to The Band web site, died today. May he rest in peace.
Thank you, Paul. "Shine on."
- "Maud Whispers and Wails" -- check out what those Hudson's are up to in the UK these days!
- The official release date for Levon Helm's wonderful new album
Dirt Farmer is October 30th. BUT, we just found out
that the CD (not the tickets-shirt-CD package, but CD-only) already IS
available for sale from levonhelm.com for $24.99!
- News from garthhudson.com about the gig Garth and Maud did for an
audience of 5,000
at the Truck Fest in Steventon, Oxford, UK, on
"This is the
for the Truck 10 Festival we did. It was a great success!"
- Only one more day until Garth and Maud Hudson's first concert at the legendary
100 Club in London, UK. Our friend Simon Harper, editor of
Clash Magazine, is doing an interview with Garth during
their visit to London, in the afternoon of Wednesday 26th. Simon would like you, the web site visitors, to suggest
questions to be put to Garth. You may send suggestions directly to Simon by
- Garth Hudson is scheduled to give an interview on BBC Radio2 tonight on the
"Mark Radcliffe & Stuart Maconie" show.
Show starts at 20.00 GMT.
The programme can be listened to live on the internet and should be made
available for a week on the programme's website.
Thanks to Doug Campbell for the news.
- Added the album
Seul Avec Bruce (Bruce Huard, 1968)
to the list of covers of Band songs. Thanks to Stephane Rebeschini for the information.
- News from levonhelm.com:
"Halloween Ramble October 27th:
Levon Helm Studios is asking everyone to bring a carved and/or decorated pumpkin (with candle) AND a bag of individually wrapped candy to the show. We are going to have a contest for best looking pumpkin. The winner will get two ramble tickets and a Dirt Farmer CD.
The day after the Ramble we will donate the candy and pumpkins to the shops in Woodstock for their annual Halloween children's parade and trick or treat event."
- "Rick Danko 2nd Annual Tribute Concert" -- review by Nancy Dixon of the Danko tribute in Simcoe, Ontario, August 2007.
- Sound sample, cover art and track details added for the 1980 album
Volunteer Jam VI, that has
a rather decent live version of "Dixie" by Dobie Gray.
Thanks to Peter Viney for the contribution.
- We've been informed that there are Russian web sites out there offering
massive amounts of MP3s for sale, including recent albums from Levon Helm and
Garth Hudson. Please note that it is both illegal and dangerous to buy anything from
- The music has been copied without permission.
The artists and record
companies do not receive any money from the sale of MP3s. Buying music from these
Russian sites is a criminal act, the equivalent of buying stolen goods from illegal
- The MP3 trade is run by the Russian mafia. If you input your
credit card details into one of these web sites, you're at high risk of becoming a victim
of credit card fraud.
- Great new photos of Levon Helm portraying General John Bell Hood
in Tommy Lee Jones' new film
In the Electric Mist are now available from levonhelm.com.
From Richard Marcus' review
of Levon Helm's new album
published today at blogcritics.org:
"The best thing about Dirt Farmer is that it's not a good album for a guy coming back from throat cancer; it's a good album, period. It might be the first solo disc that Levon Helm has put out since he started going through treatment for his illness, but what I heard was a recording made by a man with a great deal of integrity - and a love for the music that he sings.
That makes it a heck of lot better then most discs being released in this day and age."
Thanks to "Brown Eyed Girl" for posting this one
and other Band-related links in the
- Garth Hudson plays on the new album
Picture Book by Luke Powers.
Thanks to Jonathan Katz for the info.
- Sound samples from all tracks on Levon Helm's wonderful new CD
Dirt Farmer are now
available from amazon.com!
Thanks to Rudy Veirman for the tip.
- Not everyone agrees with Lyle Lovett's explanation of "Ain't No More Cane":
Concerning the Sept 13, 2007 update, unfortunately Mr. Lyle Lovett was incorrect in his explanation of the origins of "Ain't No More Cane on the Brazos," when he said "The prisoners were actually making fun of the guards and the situation as there 'was no more Cane on the Brazos' river; because it didn't even grow there. Just cotton".
Sugarcane was grown not only on the Texas prison farms on the North bank of the Brazos River in Fort Bend County, but also on the many antebellum plantations in the county. In 1843 the first sugar mill was commissioned in what later became Sugar Land, Texas by one of the original 100 families that Stephen F. Austin brought to Texas. Samuel Williams' sugar crop on the Oakland Plantation was large enough to justify the installation of a commercial raw sugar grinding mill. By 1855, in the surrounding areas of the Oakland Plantation, sugarcane had replaced cotton as the dominant crop.
Fort Bend county, Texas, was home to many sugar plantations, and sugar was a mainstay of the local economy from the mid 19th Century. At least one of these plantations, the Ellis Plantation, survived the American Civil War. In 1852 Colonel Benjamin Terry and William Kyle purchased the 5058 Hectare Oakland Plantation, and became successful sugar planters. Col. Terry's Texas Rangers (8th Texas Cavaly) was a famous Texas unit that fought for the Confederacy. The Oakland Plantation later passed to Colonel Cunningham, who developed the town of Sugar Land around his sugar refining plant in 1879.
The Cunningham plantation, with its raw sugar mill and sugarcane refinery, was acquired by the Ellis plantation, which had been operated by tenant farmers after the war under the management of William Ellis. The partnership changed its name to Imperial Sugar Company, and the town of Sugar Land was a company town until 1959.
The Sugar Land and Richmond area is also the home of several Texas State Prisons. Along Highway 90 there are signs posted that read "Prison Area - Do Not Pick Up Hitchhikers". Prisoners may still be seen being taken to work the fields in tractor-pulled wagons. The prison work gangs worked the sugar fields in the Brazos River valley of Fort Bend county, along the North banks of El Rio de los Brazos de Dios, the River of the Arms of God.
The Jester State Prison Farm (now Jester I), located on Highway 90A between Sugar Land and Richmond, Texas, was established in 1885 as the Harlem Prison Farm, and was worked by convict labor, harvesting not only cotton, but sugarcane. Prison officials established a spur track of the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway to load and transport the sugarcane cultivated on the prison grounds, but the line was abandoned in 1929. In addition to raising sugarcane, prisoners also operated a brick plant. In the 1950s the name of the facility was changed to Jester State Prison Farm, for Governor Beauford H. Jester.
The convicts of Jester Prison farmed sugarcane until the early 20th Century, when most of the sugarcane crops were destroyed by a harsh winter. Cotton continues to be a staple of the agricultural economy in Fort Bend County.
A long time Band fan from Texas,
- "I have been listening to 'Ain't No More Cane,' a traditional song sung by The Band on the Basement Tapes; since it came out. I will admit to not knowing the whole story behind this piece of music. On the new Lyle Lovett double CD/DVD
It's Not Big It's Large
he explains its origins (800K) as he rehearses it on the DVD portion.
I knew it was a Texas Chain Gang work song and that was it.
I found it very enlightening and now fully realize why it was written during those times. The prisoners were actually making fun of the guards and the situation as there 'was no more Cane on the Brazos' river; because it didn't even grow there. Just cotton."
- "Richard Bell tribute" -- video that was
played at the memorial in Toronto for
earlier this year.
Thanks to our friend John Donabie for the link.
- New tunes ("Time To Kill," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down") and new tour dates
from Kris Gloer's
The Last Waltz Ensemble.
- News from garthhudson.com:
"GARTH HUDSON will be joining
DANIEL LANOIS, Brian Blade and others in concert! The world premiere of Daniel Lanois' feature film
HERE IS WHAT IS on Sunday night (Sept. 9) at the Toronto International Film Festival will be followed by two Lanois performances at
THE GREAT HALL in Toronto on Sept. 10 and 11. The new Lanois disc likely will be called Here Is What Is -- based on the Jamaican proverb "don't look to tomorrow, look to right now," explained Lanois -- and released next March. Garth is in the film and on four tracks of the album. Tickets for the concerts are available at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (416) 870-8000 or online at www.ticketmaster.ca."
- The latest issue of UK music magazine Uncut (October 2007) does a guide to the 50 Best Gigs Ever. The Band come in
at #18, and the reviewer is Richard Thompson:
#18 THE BAND
Thanks to Peter Viney for the info.
The Royal Albert Hall, June 2nd, 1971
I went to this show with my colleagues from Fairport. We were already fans
of The Band from their first couple of albums. We loved them for their
they seamlessly blended Americana styles -- blues, country,
rock, R&B, Appalachian -- and regurgitated it with their own unique sound.
Live, the musicianship was even more apparent. They had three lead singers,
a killer rhythm section in Danko and Helm, one of the great guitarists in
Robbie Robertson (see him wipe the floor with Clapton in
The Last Waltz) and
presiding over proceeedings, on a riser at the back, Garth Hudson, who
eschewed the Hammond
organ in favour of the more distinctive Lowrey with its
They played superbly with great balance. Arrangements were mostly as per
record, except at the encore. At one point during 'Chest Fever,' Garth
switched the organ output to a speaker at the back of the hall. Surround
sound in 1971!
I saw The Band a couple of times more, but never again from such a good seat
(we were right across from the stage in the lower loggia). And the first
time is usually the one that slays you with all that sensory input. There
was considerable cultural impact for us, too -- these guys had short hair and
suits, totally against the styles of the day -- quite refreshing.
-- Richard Thompson
- Recent news/articles about Levon's new CD:
- New, updated version of the
article on the different releases of The Last Waltz by Dror Warschawski and Jonathan Katz, including
the audio-DVD version.
- "Panic! At the Disco: 'The Weight'" -- YouTube video from the Reading/Leeds festival 07.10.2007.
Thanks to Dave Naughton for the link.
- Rudy Veirman sent us a link to this pre-review of Levon's new album
Dirt Farmer, posted at the
Sonic Storm blog site:
I got my hands on a very-far-in-advance copy of Dirt Farmer, the first new album from former Band drummer, vocalist and current Woodstock resident Levon Helm.
I've listened to it four times and I am overwhelmed by the genuine-ness of this collection. The thing that stands out the most, above everything else... are the harmonies. First off, you have Levon, whose voice, more than anything else about The Band, defined this ensemble's very existence: "The Weight," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and "Up On Cripple Creek" are built around Levon's vocals.
Now, on Dirt Farmer, you have Levon's signature sound, which is as about as genuine, human and humble as you will find in modern rock 'n' roll. Then, you have the other-worldly, angelic and atmospheric vocals of Teresa Williams, who is married to former Bob Dylan sideman Larry Campbell; and Amy Helm, who is Levon's daughter. Between Levon, Amy and Teresa, the vocals launch like a rocket. These human voices sound like a pipe organ.
Also, I see at least two hits on this record - "Married Girl" and "I Got Me A Woman," the latter of which features Bob Dylan's current drummer, George Receli, on percussion.
More to come on this.
--Posted by John W. Barry on August 23, 2007
- Garth and Maud Hudson
with Danny & Julian Wilson of Grand Drive, backed by Goldrush,
will play the legendary 100 Club in
London, UK, on September 26th and 27th:
"Garth Hudson brings his friends and his own music full of suprises for a special evening with The Band songs. Garth's 70th birthday celebrations continue..."
- Levon Helm's new album Dirt Farmer will be
released to the public on October 30, through Dirt Farmer Music LLC in conjunction with Vanguard Records. But to mark this milestone in his career, Levon will offer his longtime supporters and fans the opportunity to purchase it six weeks early through a limited edition offer at the LHS website. The $300 package will include one of 1,000 numbered Dirt Farmer CDs, a Dirt Farmer T-shirt, and two Midnight Ramble tickets.
- News from garthhudson.com:
"Daniel Lanois' new film, Here Is What Is premieres at the
Toronto International Film Festival in September, featuring appearances by actor/singer Billy Bob Thornton, The Band's Garth Hudson, Willie Nelson, U2, Sinead O'Connor, Aaron Neville and Emmyloy Harris, among others. The feature-length film documents Lanois on trips to Morocco (where he was recording with Eno and U2) and Shreveport, LA. (with drummer Brian Blade and his father's powerful gospel singing), and captures a rare and intimate piano performance from Garth Hudson (who was working with Daniel on his latest not-released-yet album). Here Is What Is is a dissection of Mr. Lanois' creative process as a producer, composer and songwriter. The film reveals the mental legwork behind his collaborations with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Bob Dylan and U2.
Adam Vollick's cinematography involves you in the creative process in an unforgettable experience. Kudos to Daniel Lanois, Adam Vollick, and Adam Samuels."
A Here Is What Is trailer is available from Lanois' web site.
- "Listening to [Garth Hudson's] accomplished playing of jazz, blues and classical music, I feel like we've dipped our hands in the river of
American music and felt the disparate streams of the last 90 years swirl around our digits..." -- from a review of The Alternative Truck Weekend Festival in the UK in July, featuring Garth and Maud Hudson.
- Waylon Jennings' 2000 live CD Never Say Die was re-released in July 2007, with a live
cover of "The Weight" as one of the bonus tracks. Thanks to Tom Wilk for the info.
- Now available from levonhelm.com:
Women's Levon Helm Band tank tops and
Levon Helm Band posters.
- Check out these great photos of Amy Helm and Ollabelle, from a concert
in Stanhope, NJ, yesterday.
There will be a Richard Bell memorial concert in Nashville, TN, on Sunday August 26th, see the
concert poster for more. Thanks to
Kris Gloer of The Last Waltz Ensemble
for informing us about this event.
- New concert dates for
Levon Helm and Jim Weider.
- From film director David McDonald:
Here is the trailer to my film, Woodstock...Can't Get
There From Here.
The film charts the rise of the artists' colony of
Woodstock, beginning in 1902, and continuing on until
There is a section in the film on Bob Dylan's hiatus
in Woodstock, another devoted to The Band, and a third
section features members of The Blues Magoos and other
rockers talking about the town during its heyday.
Other sections of the film featured music by Mercury
Rev and Tom Pacheco.
Readers of your site may be interested in other clips
I have on YouTube, including
the newest clip from my
latest film, Crazy Assed White Boy, of which the
background music was contributed by Mercury Rev, "The
Dark Is Rising."
Mercury Rev are slated to write three other original songs
for the new film.
Patrick Watson of Montreal, Canada, a nominee for Best
New Artist at The Juno Awards this year, wrote the
music for the trailer for Woodstock...Can't Get There From Here.
He's absolutely amazing. His website is
Woodstock...Can't Get There From Here
- Two new articles by Carol Caffin, written for the Rick Danko Tribute concert in Simcoe, Ontario, last weekend:
- Added Roger Woods' photos from Garth and Maud Hudson's concert at the Alternative Truck Festival Benefit in the UK in July.
- Check out Cathy's photos from the concert with the Levon Helm Band in Nashville, TN on July 18, 2007.
- A concert with
Levon Helm and The RCO All Stars
at the Superdome in
New Orleans, LA, 02/07/1978, is now
available from wolfgangsvault.com. You have to register as a member to listen to these live recordings. Thanks
to Dan Schimelpfenig for the link.
- News from garthhudson.com:
"Garth and Maud confirmed to headline the closing show at
TRUCK 10 on Sunday, September 23rd. THERE WILL BE AROUND 700 REISSUED TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON FOR THE RESCHEDULED EVENT. To be the first to find out how to get them, make sure you have
registered here. 90% of the July lineup will be appearing, with a few changes to be confirmed, including some notable new additions. Thanks to all those who had tickets for the postponed Truck Festival on July 21-22 and can't make the rescheduled festival the weekend of September 22-23 and have promptly sent back their tickets. Refunds will be posted out at the end of next week when the treasurer returns from holiday."
- An interesting end of the week here at The Band site in Norway. We had Elliott Landy, the official photographer for The Band, Dylan, Janis, the Woodstock Festival, etc., and his charming wife Lynda over for dinner on Thursday, after the opening of Landy's photo exhibition here in Halden. Then on Friday, our house DJ, young
Final, defended his title as the Norwegian
DJ/turntablist champion in Oslo, and will once again go on to represent
the DMC World DJ Championships in London in October.
Also, the webmaster spent 4 hours on the seat of
his montain bike yesterday, as one of the 4000 people
participating in the annual 50-mile long off-road bicycle
- "...after doing this [Crossroads Guitar Festival]
here in Chicago, I don't want to do anything for a while. Robbie
and I will probably kick some things around. And that probably won't even start till next year."
-- from a new interview with Eric Clapton, published in the
Chicago Tribune. Thanks to Ian Woodward and Peter Viney for the link.
- From garthhudson.com yesterday:
It's Garth Hudson's 70th birthday
today! Our best wishes to Garth and Maud on his big day.
- The Truck Festival website confirms that Garth and Maud are returning to the re-scheduled festival on the
Hill Farm in Steventon, UK, on September 22nd and 23rd. Once more they're booked to close the Festival.
- Photos from the Levon Helm Band's July concerts in
Bethel, NY and
Nashville, TN are now available from levonhelm.com.
- News from garthhudson.com:
"ONLY A FEW COPIES LEFT! Truckers don't need to hold on until September's re-arranged Truck to add a copy of this year's This Is
Truck Festival CD to your collection. The CD includes Brakes (as Hamilton Vs Hamilton) with their song about Truck 'Up On Hill Farm'. As a special offer (ending 8.8.2007), you can
buy a copy of the CD + a free copy of the Truck 2007 Magazine which
Plan B helped us to put together. We've got a feature on GARTH HUDSON by John Niven, articles on the Truck ethos by founder Robin Bennett, Grand Drive interviewed by Thilini Gunaratna, Electric Soft Parade talking to J Capeling and we wax lyrical on Blood Red Shoes, Euros Childs, Idlewild. Emma Pollock from Chemikal Underground and The Delgados talks to Rebecca Gilleron and Nathaniel Cramp talks Brian Jonestown Massacre."
- News from levonhelm.com:
- Please be aware of people selling autographed merchandise through
on-line auctions without authentication from Levon Helm Studios.
- Levon Helm's Kid's Ramble with Ollabelle and
Rowland's Ramblin' Family Band ~ August 25th, 2 - 4pm.
- "It Makes No Difference" -- YouTube concert video of Rick Danko,
live in Japan in 1997.
John Mcpheator from Scotland for the link.
- Just announced:
Million Dollar Bash: History and Music of The Band
Thanks to Jeff for the info.
Prisoners of 2nd Avenue: Jimmy Vivino, Rich Pagano, Brian Mitchell & Mike Merritt.
With: Professor Louie & the Crowmatix,
Aaron Hurwitz, Mike Falzerano & Buddy Cage (of New Riders),
Larry Packer and other special guests.
Photos by Elliot Landy. Narration by R. Faust.
Sunday, August 5th - 8pm
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, New York City
$35 advance, $50 VIP includes 4:30pm soundcheck, reserved booth seats.
- Photos from "The Ramble On The Road"
at the Summer Stage in Central Park, New York City, June 28, 2007,
available from levonhelm.com.
- News from Jim Weider:
- Jim Weider just finished doing all the guitar parts on
Canadian recording artist Dean Batsone's new CD, recorded at
The Clubhouse in Rheinbeck NY.
- Jim just produced a new
CD by John Franklin called Protest in PA.
- The Five Blind Boys of Alabama are recording two of Jim's
songs co-written with Colin Linden and Jim Tullio now in
the studio in Atlanta, GA.
- Jim Weider's Project Percolator will be touring Colorado in August.
- New tour dates posted at jimweider.com.
- Jim Weider's song "Big Foot" will be in a new indie movie
called Fat Girls and will be heard on an MTV special of that
- Please check out festivalink.net for a live download of the
show at Boothba, Maine.
- An English translation of the French interview with Garth and Maud Hudson published two days ago in
Le Devoir, is now available from garthhudson.com.
- "Today's Discoveries: Jemima Surrender" -- blog/article from "The Lefsetz Letter".
Thanks to Peter and Timothy for the link.
- We just found out that our ISP's spam-filter has been over-active again, filtering out several mails from fans and web site contributors over the last few weeks. We'll try to recover all deleted e-mail and will reply eventually.
- "Entrevue avec Garth et Maud Hudson -- Le doux génie du Band est heureux: il crée" -- article/interview in French from yesterday's edition of Montréal newspaper Le Devoir, with a nice shot
of Garth and Maud.
- From the Eric Clapton web site
"Eric Clapton's second
Crossroads Guitar Festival is just weeks away, taking place
on Saturday 28 July at Toyota Park. Toyota Park is located in Bridgeville, Illinois,
southwest of Downtown Chicago. Tickets went on sale in March and sold out in record
time. The day-long event will feature Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, BB King, Willie
Nelson, Jeff Beck, Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, Buddy Guy, John Mayer and more. Recently
added to the list are Robbie Robertson, Johnny Winter and U.S. comedian / actor,
Thanks to Mike Koehler from Yesterday's News for the link.
- Happy Birthday, Robbie Robertson.
- "Long on Nerve: An Interview with Ronnie Hawkins" -- 2002 interview with the Hawk, first published in 2006.
Thanks to the author, Robert Cochran, the editor of The Arkansas Historical Quarterly, Patrick Williams,
the director of the
Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History at the
University of Arkansas, Kris Katrosh, and
the head of Research Services and Special Collections at the
University of Arkansas Libraries, Andrea Cantrell, for giving us permission to
publish the interview at The Band web site. Also thanks to Linda Q. and Amanda J. for
helping us with the typing.
- "Levon Helm, Central Park SummerStage, New York, NY, 6/28/07" -- review from Relix magazine.
- Photos from Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble, June 16, 2007, are
now available from levonhelm.com.
- From YouTube: "Paul
Butterfield Biography" - a video
teaser for a documentary-in-progress by the Paul Butterfield Fund & Society.
Thanks to "Rollie" for the link.
- "Classic Tracks: The Band 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down'"
- October 2006 article from Sound on Sound about the recording of "Dixie" and
the Brown Album.
Thanks to Tim Wood for the link.
- Updated the list of "The Band Cover Versions from the GB" with a cover of "I Shall Be Released"
by "Anton, Moa & Nicklas".
- From the guestbook at levonhelm.com:
"I attended the Levon Helm Band's show at The Egg in Albany last Friday and it was incredible! The musicianship of all of the members of Levon's band is unmatched. The obvious joy with which Levon performs set the tone for the entire evening and Levon is an incredible drummer. Every time he sat behind his kit, those drums snapped! From the moment Levon launched into the opener, 'Slippin and Slidin'' through the encore, there were people dancing in the aisles. Practically every moment between songs was filled with audience members screaming Levon's name. 'Ophelia' had the entire audience on its feet. Larry Campbell's performance of the introduction to 'Chest Fever' on his guitar was a highlight as was Jimmy Vivino's performance of 'Tears of Rage'. Levon's performance of 'Rag Mama Rag' and 'The Weight' were awesome. The band members switching instruments (piano to piano accordian, Larry Campbell guitar to fiddle, Levon drums to mandolin) truly brought forth the spirit of The Band. The band also included standup bass, piano accordion, piano, mouthharp, a 4 horn section, organ, fiddle, two guitars, mandolin, the members of Olabelle providing background harmonies and, of course, drums. The opening act, Olabelle, also performed a great set. When the three women from Olabelle performed a three part harmony of 'Bluebirds' accompanied only by Larry Campbell on the fiddle, the entire audience had shivers running up and down their spine. Little Sammy Davis's performance on the harp really got the blood pumping. I recommend that anyone who loves music go see the Levon Helm Band! It is an unmatched experience! Thank you Mr. Helm."
--Timothy J. Berry, 07.03.2007
- Robbie Robertson is
among 71 new appointees to the
Order of Canada
announced Friday by Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean.
- From garthhudson.com:
GARTH and MAUD are honored to be participating at
TRUCK 10... the 10th Anniversary of the Truck Festival in Oxford, England on July 21st and 22nd. Duo, Solo, including a few The Band songs with members of
Goldrush, and others. It will be a great finale to a special weekend at Hill Farm. This event is especially dear to the Hudsons because of it's shining example of how a small festival can benefit several charities by bringing thousands of people together to enjoy many genres of music. Always a good formula for happiness! It will be documented. FESTIVAL IS SOLD OUT. Thank you!
- From Dave Davis of Brooklyn, NY:
"Here's a new video that was just put on MSN today. I've always known that Eric Clapton credited The Band with changing his musical direction, but here he really spells it out in under two minutes."
- Jim Weider and maybe Garth Hudson will be interviewed on
The Band Marathon radio show tomorrow, on 88.3FM The Sting - Cleveland, Ohio.
There will be 18 Hours of Band music - 7am-1am EST,
online stream at wbwc.com
(realaudio 8 and up).
- "Dazzling keyboard artist found a place in rock 'n' roll history" -- definitive article on Richard Bell in yesterday's Globe & Mail.
Thanks to John Donabie for the link.
- We just got permission from the University of Arkansas to publish a recent
interview with the Hawk. We need some help, though, with typing in about 12 pages
of text. Any volunteers? E-mail us and we'll send PDF scans of the pages to be typed. Thanks.
- From our dear friend John Donabie:
"Here is cut 3 from Let's Frolic Again
from Blackie & The Rodeo Kings. When I heard the solo and knowing that Garth played on the album, I just assumed
it was Garth. I checked with Colin Linden and it is indeed Richard Bell.
Richard told me more than once that there are musicians... and then there is Garth. He loved the man. This solo will remind us of the Basement Tapes sound that Garth
brought us... but it's Richard.
Have a listen."
- "This photo harkens back to a better time for the young men involved with the Reformed Band"
- Hudson Valley songwriter, vocalist and pianist Sarah Perrotta's
new album The Well was recorded at Leopard Studio in Stone
Ridge, New York, January through March of 2007. Garth Hudson plays accordion on two
tracks: "Out of Grace" and "Carry You Home". The album also features
legendary bassist Tony Levin on all eleven tracks. The Well is due to be
released in August of 2007.
Here are a couple of photos of Garth at Leopard Studio in February.
More information about Sarah Perrotta and her band, plus audio samples where you
can hear Garth's accordion wizardry, available
from Perrotta's MySpace page.
- News from Levon Helm Studios:
"Levon Helm Studios would like to offer a Midnight Ramble 'special deal.' Anyone purchasing tickets to any of the New York Shows (Central Park on June 28th, The Egg on June 29th or Bethel Woods on July 14) will be eligible for the 'deal'. If they purchase tickets to any of those shows, we will allow them to purchase one Ramble ticket (for any show in August or September) at full price and get the second ticket at half price. They would have to email our web master
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or our office manager, Geanine (email@example.com) to receive the special discount."
Robertson with a Martin guitar
"Weighty recognition: C.F. Martin & Co. honoring songwriter with special guitars" -- article from Allentown, PA, newspaper The Morning Call, about
two new signature-model Martin guitars honoring Robbie Robertson.
Thanks to Peter Chomka for the link.
- News from Rick Danko's old friend Glen Silverthorn:
The 2nd Annual Rick Danko Tribute concert will be held at the Simcoe
Composite School-Auditorium in Rick's home town Simcoe in Ontario, Canada,
on Friday, August 3. The show starts at 8pm with the doors opening at 7pm. Advance tickets are $37 Canadian or $42 at the door. There'll be reserved seating and a licensed lounge. The show, being hosted and sponsored by the Simcoe Lions Club, features 3 fantastic groups:
You can call for tickets at the Simcoe Information Centre at 519-426-6655.
- Terry Danko, James Atkinson,(Bearfoot), with special guest, Duane Rutter.
- Professor "Louie" and The Crowmatix
- The Colin Linden Band
- Levon Helm has recently recorded in NYC for The Congo Square Project to
benefit musicians in New Orleans, here are some session photos. The project is planning to release a double CD with African-inspired music, including a
"drum suite" with performances from an incredible array of top drummers.
Congo Square, btw, is a gathering place for musicians and artists located in the Louis Armstrong Park in New Orleans, see
Wikipedia for more info.
- The concert with Jim Weider's ProJECT PERCoLATor at the
Milford Music Festival in Ann St. Park, Milford, PA, June 10,2007, is now available as
streaming audio from Notoriety Productions' home page at MySpace.
This is great stuff, thanks to Jim Weider for the link.
- Garth Hudson plays keyboards on Christian Kiefer's new album
Dogs & Donkeys, to be released at the end of this month.
Thanks to "Brown Eyed Girl" for the update.
- New web server statistics created from last week's log files.
In 2006 we had a significant dip in server traffic for the first time in 12 years.
This time we see a sharp increase. The traffic is back at 2005 level, probably thanks to Levon Helm's "comeback" with
the Midnight Rambles and the New York concerts in March.
The average number of requests for pages per day has gone from 32,000 to 40,000, whereas the average total number
of file requests per day is approaching 280,000. The traffic volume last week is a new record for The Band site:
Average data transferred per day was as an incredible 51.240 Gbytes!
- More news from garthhudson.com:
"Garth sat-in on accordion with the
last night (Sat.) at the Bearsville Theater and is looking forward to sitting-in with them at the Montreal Jazz Festival on July 2nd... two days before his own concert on July 4th."
- New Jim Weider concert dates.
- News from garthhudson.com:
Three members of Garth's Band THE BEST! are joining Garth and Maud at the
Montreal Jazz Festival
on July 4th. Marty Ballou, bass / Ernie Colon, drums / Steve Sacco, percussion. This will be a lively and fun kick-off for Garth's 70th year! See
- Just announced from Levon Helm Studios:
June 9, 2007 "Workin' Man's Ramble":
Levon Helm Studios will host a "Workin' Man's Ramble" on June 9th, beginning at 7 p.m. Music will be performed by and produced by the legendary Larry Campbell and will feature local, accomplished talent and some accoustic music by Levon Helm. Tickets will be $30 each and are
This is Levon's way of recognizing local talent and showing his appreciation of "the workin' man". Space will be limited so you should confirm your reservation ASAP. We'll have the grill hot so if they want to, the attendees can bring their burgers or dogs to cook up.
- Still not sure if you should make the trip to Woodstock for one of
Levon Helm's magnificent Midnight Rambles? These reports from last
Saturday's Ramble, posted in the
the guestbook at levonhelm.com, may convince you:
"The Ramble on June 2nd was magical. It was so special that Gillian Welch and David Rawlings were there to perform. She was a perfect fit and was a fine example how a new generation of musicians can capture and appreciate the same musical sensibilities and traditions that we have all come to love during your legacy. I hope that future Rambles will have more guest artists that continue to reinforce that this wheel is still on fire!"
"Levon, you were the host of one of the greatest musical experiences I have had in my life! Going to the Ramble is like going to the Church of Mountain Music. Dogs walking across the stage, friendly people from all over, the greatest music and musicians you could possibly get into an incredibly intimate room, doors open, lightning, thunder, rain... It was magic!!!
What a special treat to meet Gillian Welch and David Rawlings too! They fit right in and Levon you should keep asking them to move to Woodstock from Nashville, because they fit right into the special moment.
I guess what made the night so special for me was that I with my two good buddies and we wanted to make this pilgrimage to the Mecca of Music for 2 years! We're slow but we made it! Secondly I was going to see a man I have admired for over 30 years. My father used to see Levon with The Hawk at the Concorde Tavern in Toronto ALL the time. He loved their music and said they were the wildest bunch of folks he believes he ever met!
If you have not been to a Ramble, you should jump on board as soon as you can. You can't forget it, you won't regret it, The Levon Medicine show... Cures what ails ya!!"
"Oh, man, where to start to descibe one of the most magical evenings of my life?
First after a 3am arrival in Woodstock, then a torrential downpour and slogging through mud to get to the "Barn", and then.....the magic began.
I never expected to ever get to New York, much less to a Midnight Ramble and get to meet one of my all time heroes, and then to get to shake the hand of Levon Helm himself......I was speechless! (and this ol' gal is never without words!)It's really hard to descibe the warmth and hospitality of you and your staff.
The music was incredible and we were within mere feet of the bands! All the musicians were warm and friendly and talked with us...unbelievable! Then when you walked down that hall and over to us and shook our hands and welcomed us to Woodstock, it was just simply incredible. After the music and you came back over to ask us if had enjoyed it, I was just blown away. Then when they annouced the raffle winner and we had taken that prize, too, I really expected to wake up and realize it was all a dream, but the Catskill mud on my cowboy boots the next morning assured me that it really had been a magical, once in a lifetime night. Thanks to you and my Darlin' Mark, for making it all happen. I hope to get back to Woodstock again sometime soon and back to the "Barn" for another music fix from the Master and his incredible friends and family. After a 3 hour flight delay getting to New York and another 4 hour delay on the way back to Texas...was it worth it? You bet it was. Would I do it again? You can bet the farm, if I get the chance, it's gonna happen! Love and kisses from Texas to you, Levon and all the other people who help you make the magic happen."
"Levon, I believe last night was the highlight of my young life.(32 years and counting) I cannot justly express how touched I was being in your presence and sharing in such a magical evening. I am a huge fan, however that fact simply did not matter. You have done something in your creation of this beautiful event
hat I believe will have a long lasting and enduring effect on all who enter your hallowed realm. It was through shear fate and just one miracle that I made my pilgrimage from olympia Washington to 160 Plouchman. Dreams do come true and miracles happen everyday. Thank you for helping me realize mine. I am already planning my next journey your way. Until then take it easy brother...
Here is to you my good man -160 Plouchman the graceland of the catskills."
--sean (geoduck) johnson
- News from levonhelm.com:
"Levon WILL be appearing at several venues throughout the summer: Summer Stage in Central Park on June 28th, The Egg in Albany on June 29th, Bethel Woods on July 14th, Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on July 18th, Chicago Theater on July 19th and we're in the process of booking more! Keep
checking our site
for more information!"
Also, see Levon's
guestbook for a review (by Barbara O'Brian,
featuring the Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh!) of last night's Midnight Ramble.
- From the guestbook at levonhelm.com:
"Last Saturday's birthday Ramble was one for the books.
There have been many great Rambles, and this could have been the best.
The energy level was way high, from The Sutter Band's particuarly hot set to The Levon Helm Band's magnificent set. It's hard to believe they're getting better. There appears to be a few tickets left for this Saturday; the Catskills are beautiful right now and I couldn't imagine not attending if possible. It should be another magical night at Levon's."
--Steve Farrell, NY
- T-shirts, sweatshirts and tote bags with that great new
Levon Helm Band
graphic by Mike Dubois, are now
available for purchase from levonhelm.com.
- There's still music coming out of the basement of Big Pink: Check out the
Hooligan Band's new album
In The Pink!
- Added more details for the 1973 LP The Band in Concert.
Thanks to Peter Viney and Ian Woodward for the info.
- Levon Helm Studios has announced a new
Kid's Ramble on July 7, 2007.
- Added Oliver Buck's new CD
Rust Belt Blues
to the list of
albums with cover versions of Band songs.
- From our friend Todd R.:
WBWC 88.3FM The Sting is proud to announce THE BAND as
one of the groups featured during the 2007 Summer
Marathon Series. Starting at 7am (EST) Thursday June
28th, host Todd Richards will be playing 18 hours of
music from The Band, featuring the remastered catalog,
A MUSICAL HISTORY box set, and the member's solo
careers. In addition, the marathon will feature
artists who've been inspired by The Band's music,
including artists from the recent 429 Records tribute
ENDLESS HIGHWAY, and others. Additional events during
the day are still in the planning stages.
All day we'll have giveaways of the recent "Best Of A
Musical History" (courtesy of EMI/Capital) and ENDLESS
HIGHWAY (courtesy of 429 Records).
Requests can be emailed in at
phone (day of show please) at 440-826-7846.
The complete 2007 Summer Marathon line-up is available
For more information, or to listen online (real audio)
- From levonhelm.com:
- "May 26th is a Ramble date AND Levon's birthday. Come and celebrate
with us! Get your reservations now before they're all gone..."
"Another great night last night at the Ramble. Amy's back from Europe and she lit the stage, singing as no one else can - with that special eye-to-eye contact with her dad. Miss AnnaLee is here from Arkansas and when Levon sang The Weight, the tears of happiness flowed down her cheeks. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. When she and Levon embraced - there wasn't a dry eye in the place. New songs were added to the set list and, as usual, were amazing. Long Black Veil is one of them and it was incredible! Moving along to other business, I want to remind you that May 26th is Levon's birthday and we plan to celebrate at that Ramble so don't wait too long to get your "reservations". Let's do something special for him. Should we do a BBQ? Should we offer a Ramble special? Check the site in the coming days to see what we might do..... On another note, we're launching a LHS project that you can help with and participate in. Ask us about our "sponsor a square" and become one of the many who can help us with our goal - to save the house/studio, to pay down (or eliminate) the debt, do upgrades on the property, perform necessary repairs and maintenance and enable Levon to continue bringing this amazing music to his fans. Email me and write "square" in the subject field. I'll get back to you with details. We, his fans, are going to make this happen! Join us in attaining our goals! We need your help and we've got a deadline... Thank you, again, to you all. Without you, this wouldn't be possible. Thank you, Levon, for being our shining star... We love you."
--Barbara O'Brian, 05.13.2007
- News from Levon Helm Studios:
"We're going to be adding some Ramble dates which will be held at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock. They are: May 26th, June 2nd, June 16th, June 30th, July 7th and July 21st. As you all know, we're doing Summer Stage in Central Park on June 28th and those tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster. We're also speaking with Bethel Woods about bringing the Ramble there during the early summer months so watch for more information on that one. If you'd like to see the Ramble at other venues in the country, please feel free to pass that information along to me. Levon's ready to travel!"
- We're off to Riga, the capital of Latvia and home to some of the finest breweries in
Europe. No more updates of The Band web site until next weekend, then.
- New Big Pink t-shirts available from levonhelm.com!
- A recent audio interview with Robbie Robertson is now
available from rollingstone.com. According to "Claire," who posted the link in the
"Robbie talks about The Best of A Musical History, his current project of the Native American stage show and says that he has just been asked to be the artistic director for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
He says that three of his favorite Band songs are from
NLSC. They are
IMND, Acadian Driftwood and Ophelia. He says that they are true to The Band's music and he is particularly proud of them. He also says that both Levon and Garth were very helpful in putting together the box set and that he has extremely warm feelings for both of them."
Listening to the interview, which is presented on the RS site as a
"tracklist", requires user registration. This seems to be available only within
the US. Maybe someone could transcribe this interview for The Band web site archives?
- Garth and Maud Hudson will perform at the Montreal International Jazz
Festival in Canada on Wednesday, July 4, 2007 (the same night as Bob Dylan does his Montreal gig...).
For tickets and more information,
go to montrealjazzfest.com. Garth is also scheduled for a
guest appearance with the Cowboy Junkies at the Montreal Jazz Fest on July 2.
- An 8-minute video interview with Robbie Robertson, recorded recently, is now available from ifilm.com.
- Concert review: Ollabelle, Kro Bar, Manchester, UK, May 3rd 2007:
I believe the gig was originally to be held at another venue and Kro Bar was a late replacement, although it had been advertised for at least a week. Nevertheless there were no posters of any kind and the venue didn't seem to know what was going on, just that there was some band on "upstairs". It was an odd, but very intimate, setting - a small loft room with polished wooden floors and a couple of leather sofas at the back. The sort of place you might expect to see a small art exhibition.
A couple of local acoustic acts opened the show, one of which was very good. I can't recall the guy's name but it was a pity he only had time for a couple of numbers.
Ollabelle were already set up ready to go for 9.30pm. They lined up with drums, bass/dobro, guitar, mandolin and keyboard which, for any British readers, looked like something out of Dr Who - various home made looking effects boxes with knobs!
I had a quick word with Amy Helm before they took to the stage - she was charming and friendly. Actually, there was no stage, they were just on floor level with the rest of us. The audience was very small, no more than 30 people but the room really couldn't have taken many more anyway. Sound wise, it was low key - the drums were not even mic'd and there were no sub speakers, just a small vocal pa and back line. They really were playing "live" in the room. It made for a very relaxed ambience and I'm sure very few people in the US get to see them in this type of setting anymore so it was something of a special occasion for me.
Stand out numbers for me were the dark, gospel soaked "John The Revelator" and a glorious rendition of "Ain't No More Cane" with the whole band singing. Vocally, they were excellent with Amy and Aussie Fiona harmonising beautifully throughout and the others pitching in on a regular basis. Instrumentally, the keyboard dominated and despite the various contraptions on top of the instrument, the overriding sound was funky electric piano. Amy's mandolin cut through well, though, and it was great to see a Helm (or A Helm!) playing a mandolin in person.
This is a band that deserves a wider audience here in the UK and, based on this performance, I'm sure they'll get it in the very near future. As far as this mini-tour goes, in the words of Ronnie Hawkins describing the early outings of Levon & The Hawks, "the few people that dug it really dug it". An excellent night.
- News from garthhudson.com:
"New interview with The Band in the June 2007 issue of MOJO. It has been released in UK already. It has a list of '100 Records That Changed The World.' Music From Big Pink is #81 with notes by Bernie Taupin. Will Hodgkinson interviewed Garth Hudson and Robbie Robertson separately. Here is one excerpt from Garth: 'Dylan would be coming round the house three or four days a week, and there was a little typewriter on the coffee table in the living room that he would bash away on while we were in the basement. Richard wrote a song about that, Upstairs, Downstairs. As far as I know that'ss one
of those few sacred Basement Tapes still in the locker.'"
- From jambase.com:
"Finding The Band With Robbie Robertson" -- JamBase scribe Andy Tennille speaks with The Band's Robbie Robertson, Dave Schools, Warren Haynes, Jason Isbell and TLG's Trevor Garrod about the lasting legacy of one of the greatest musical outfits of all time. Inside we go from the Hawks to the final days as we attempt to find The Band...
The Band Signed Lithograph Giveaway!
Win a signed lithograph by Robbie Robertson of The Band!
- From salon.com: "Three questions for Robbie Robertson". Thanks to Alex Hoffman for the link.
- "If you have a song that's not doing anything for anybody, give it to Levon [Helm]. Let him start playing it and all of the sudden you've got a great thing going on. It's just an innate ability to extract the essence of what's going on in there and bring it out." -- from
"Larry Campbell: Rock 'N' Roll's Right Hand Man", an interview published at
jambands.com last week. Thanks to "Joy" for posting the link in the
- We've recently been told that the residents of
Big Pink are having increasing problems
with visiting Band/Dylan fans
that ignore their privacy by peering in the windows, circling the
house, knocking on the doors etc.
The owners are accepting, to a point, the visitors to Big
Pink to share its history. But, if these problems continue, the place may
become off limits.
So, the next time you visit this historical
building, please stay back from the home, stay in front of the house and
respect that this is a private residency.
- News from levonhelm.com:
- The Levon Helm Band will be performing at Summer Stage
June 28, 07, at a benefit for the Summer Stage program and Central Park.
Details to follow soon...
- Levon will be filming a new movie, In the Electric Mist
with Tommy Lee Jones, Kelly Macdonald and Ned Beatty. Levon will be portraying the Confederate General, John Bell Hood.
- The Band is on the cover of the April issue of the
an entertainment industry publication from
FMQB. The magazine
has a six-page article about the making of The Band tribute album
including an interview with Garth Hudson.
The whole article is now
available from garthhudson.com (PDF-file, requires Adobe's Acrobat Reader
or compatible software for reading).
- Nice photos of Robbbie Robertson from the independent
A&R company Taxi's annual "Road Rally" in November 2006, where Robertson
received a "Living Legend Award". Thanks to "Brown Eyed Girl"
for posting the link
in the "guestbook".
- News from levonhelm.com:
- Photos from the March 31, 2007 Levon Helm's Kid's Ramble
Easter Ramble Special:
In keeping with the generous nature & spirit of community of Levon Helm, Levon Helm Studios is offering an Easter Ramble Special (Saturday, April 7, 2007). If you bring a grocery bag filled with NON-PERISHABLE food items (ie: boxed pastas, canned soups, etc.) to be donated to a Woodstock food pantry, we will offer you a special Ramble price of "buy one, get one at half price".
For more information or to order, call the studio between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at 845-679-2744.
(Please - food items must be new, currently dated and unopened).
This opportunity to help our community and to enjoy an evening of world-class music will sell out quickly so don't hesitate.
- Loads of great photos of the Levon Helm Band and friends (including Garth Hudson!) from the March 16 & 17 gigs at the Beacon Theater in NYC are now
- The Levon Helm Band will be performing at The 18th Annual
Radiothon which will take place at the Hard Rock Cafe in NYC, on April 12th and April 13th. They will appear between 6 am and 10 am when Don Imus is on the air. All proceeds from the event benefit Tomorrows Children's Fund, the CJ Foundation for SIDS and Imus Ranch.
- Updated the list of "The Band Cover Versions from the GB" with a cover of "This Wheel's On Fire" by our favorite Italians
- Can anyone help us get a copy of this article?:
Cochran, Robert: "Long on Nerve: An Interview with Ronnie Hawkins," The Arkansas Historical Quarterly, Vol. LXV, No. 2, Summer 2006, pp 99-115.
- From the Rolling Stone Rock and Roll Daily Blog Archive:
"Levon Helm Leads An All-Star Lineup in NYC".
- "Now I Can Die In Peace" -- review posted at glidemagazine.com
with (low-resolution) photos and video from the Levon Helm Band's 03.17.2007 concert in NYC.
- We're now back in Norway after an extended weekend in New York City/ Long Island, catching the absolutely brilliant
Friday and Saturday
shows with The Levon Helm Band and friends (including Garth Hudson!) at
the Beacon Theatre on Broadway. Thanks to Kay for taking such good
care of us and showing us the City with her lovely sister Wendy. Very nice to meet so many fellow
Band fans and web site regulars at the venue. Also, thanks to Jeff and Nick et. al
for the fun, the tequilas and what not. And to Amanda for feeding our bodies and
- "The Weight," New York Times review of the novella
Music From Big Pink by John Niven. Thanks to Dennis Cooper for the link.
- Press reviews of this weekend's shows with the Levon Helm Band in New York City:
- "Roger McGuinn: Eight Miles High" -- '80s TV show clip posted on YouTube,
with Roger McGuinn,
Jesse Colin Young,
Levon Helm and
- Garth Hudson posted a
new entry today
- Norwegian singer/songwriter Jonas Fjeld,
who worked with Rick Danko in the '90s,
has just released a live album recorded in 2005 with bluegrass band
Chatham County Line
(interesting photos at their web site, scroll down a bit...)
from North Carolina.
The CD, titled Amerikabesøk
("Visitors from America"), has been praised by critics in all the major newspapers
over here. Jonas starts a tour of Norway with Chatham County Line next week.
- Despite the rise in ticket prices, all the Midnight Rambles at
Levon Helm studios this year have been
sold out, including the two upcoming dates that were announced for March 10 and March 24.
Today, a new Midnight Ramble was added for March 31, 2007, at a new
"spring season price" of $150.00 per person.
We advise fans
to order tickets now!
- News from garthhudson.com:
The Eye section of the Columbia Spectator
in NYC has posted a recent interview with Garth: "Speaking the Same Language --
Garth Hudson on pedagogy and 'old' music",
an overall good interview
albeit a few typos, etc.
- Robbie Robertson appears on the 2006 benefit CD
Can Be Heard -- A Moonstruck Sampler. Thanks to Brown Eyed Girl for the information.
- Replaced the two-year old photo of the webmaster at the
"About this site" page with a new one taken today.
- Audience reviews of last night's Midnight Ramble at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY, from the guestbook at levonhelm.com:
"Well, gang, if you missed the show last night, you missed what was probably the best Midnight Ramble to date. Levon came out of the gates -- hotter than ever. To the roar of the crowd, he entered stage right, went directly to the drums and the Levon Helm Band belted out one of the best renditions of Rock And Roll Shoes ever heard. Larry Campbell, Jimmy Vivino, Mike Merritt, Erik Lawrence, Clark Gayton, Little Sammy Davis, Teresa Williams and Danny Louis (Government Mule) set the pace for an incredible evening. Set list included (but wasn't limited to) Atlantic City, Back to Memphis, Man of Constant Sorrow, White Dove, Ophelia, The Weight, WS Walcott, Down South in New Orleans, Chest Fever, Rag Mama Rag and - oh, my Lord - Remedy and Cripple Creek. There were 25 songs in all - one better than the other. Could this have been a rehearsal for The Beacon? We can only hope."
"Outstanding. Anyone that was there will tell you that last night was a pull out all the stops night for all that played. Those that got to listen, still can't believe what they saw, and heard. In short, we had Alexis laying them 'Out Cold,' a 'Spinning Doctor' about, A 'Monkey,' rocking up in the loft, and a 'Gov. Mule' tickling the ivories, while Levon paddled down that good old 'Cripple Creek.' Shore up the rafters at 'The Beacon Theater,' a storm is coming though. Oh, what another night it was!"
- Added more information about the new The Band tribute CD
Endless Highway. Thanks to Peter Viney and the regulars at the
"guestbook" for the input.
- Both the March 16th and 17th shows with
The Levon Helm Band at the
Beacon Theatre in NYC are now sold out!
- "Bessie Smith" -- new article about a Band song from Peter Viney.
- News from Kris Gloer's Last Waltz Ensemble:
"Our show coming up on March 2nd at The State Theatre in
Falls Church, VA (DC),
will mark our 40th in 1 years time!
We will be featuring The Great Tommy Talton, writer of "Give A Little" and the "Got Song" from Levon's
1982 solo record Levon Helm."
- The March 17th show with the Levon Helm Band at the
2800-seat Beacon Theatre in NYC
was sold out less
than 15 minutes after Ticketmaster opened sales today!
- "Shape I'm In" -- new article about The Band's 1970 song, by D L Lewis from Australia. Please send your comments directly
to the author.
- Levon Helm will be performing with Larry Campbell at the
Beacon Theater in New York
on March 17th, according to
Campbell's web site.
- New song included in the list of
covers of Band songs by users of The Band web
site: A studio recording of "It Makes No Difference" (6.5 MB MPEG-3 file)
by Deepwell. Comment from the group: "This is the only cover song we've ever recorded. There's no way we could ever come close to Rick Danko's moving performance of the song in the movie The Last Waltz. He sang it like he was afraid he'd never get to sing it again. Although he didn't write the tune, he totally made it his own with his voice. Deepwell dedicates this unworthy effort to his memory. RIP."
- From a January 2007 Canadian Press interview with Robbie Robertson:
"I love Garth Hudson's work and abilities and Levon Helm's tremendous talent"...
Despite their feud, Robertson says he would be open to working with
Helm again. "If something came up that made sense for both of us, of course, I don't have any issues with anybody," he says.
- News from garthhudson.com:
- "Robbie Robertson's Big Break: A Reevaluation of Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz" -- interesting 2002 article from Film Quarterly magazine,
"the most authoritative academic film journal in the United States."
- Review of last night's Midnight Ramble, from levonhelm.com:
"What can I say? It was yet another incredible Ramble last night. The Alexis P Suter
band set the pace - rockin' the house with her powerful, amazing and soulful voice.
The Holmes Brothers followed with Larry Campbell playing along on every instrument
that has strings and Glenn Patcha (of Ollabelle) lending a hand on piano. Again,
those in attendance were spellbound. And then Levon hit the stage and everyone was
on their feet to welcome him onto his own stage. Joined by masters in the music
world - Larry Campbell, Jimmy Vivino, Brian Mitchell, Steven Bernstein, Erik
Lawrence, Jay Collins, Paul Ossola, Amy Helm, Theresa Williams, Little Sammy Davis,
Tony Leone (also of Ollabelle) AND by a surprise song by Catherine Russell - Levon
brought the house down. Tears, smiles, standing ovations, dancing in the aisles and
a general feeling of euphoria was visible throughout the almost two hour set. The
set list was extensive and unforgettable - Man of Constant Sorrow, Got Me A Woman,
Evangeline, The Weight, Down South In New Orleans, Rock and Roll Shoes, White Dove,
Ophelia, Chest Fever, Tears of Rage and the list goes on and on and on... Every
song brought a different emotional reaction. LEVON IS BACK! You can't miss these
Rambles, people. If you want to recapture the real music that these musicians are
respected and known for - you HAVE to make the trek to Woodstock to experience it.
And the whole night is an experience - from pulling into the driveway and being
greeted by an amazing group of loyal friends of Levon's, to sharing your stories
with the new friends you'll meet there, to shaking Levon's hand as he enters or
exits the stage area, to mingling with the legends in the music industry throughout
the night, to standing by the massive fireplace, to sitting in the private
home/studio of Levon Helm, to feeling a love and warmth you'll never feel in any
other venue. It's difficult to explain how it all feels, but it's something in the
gut, in the
heart, in the soul and the only way to truly understand it is
to be there. Thank you to everyone who makes it possible and thank you to Levon for having
this incredible dream and for allowing us to be part of it. I can speak for all of
us at Levon Helm Studios - we are enriched on all levels by being here! We love you, Levon."
- From the guestbook at levonhelm.com:
"If you missed last night's Ramble, you're going to regret it. In addition to the amazing and powerful accoustic set played by Levon and his band members (Jimmy Vivino, Mike Merritt, Brian Mitchell, Erik Lawrence, Art Baron, Little Sammy Davis), the electric set was just that - electric. Ophelia, Rag Mama Rag, Chest Fever, Tears of Rage, Rock and Roll Shoes and about 10 others that rocked the house, but the icing on the cake was The Weight! Tears flowed, smiles were a mile wide and the audience sang every lyric along with the band. Don't let the weather deter you, skip the babysitter and bring the kids with you and make arrangements to come to a Ramble soon. Not only do you not know what surprise guest will appear on stage, but you also never know what amazing tune Levon will pull out of his hat! Come and be part of a true historical event.., Thank you to all who braved the high winds and frigid temps. Nothing prevents the Ramble from taking place. Thank you, Levon, for continuing to give us the most precious gift in the world - your warmth, your talent and your beaming smile! We do love you."
- News from our friend Tom at
"Homespun just released
Professor "Louie"'s new instructional accordion DVD.
Lots on tap for this year here at Woodstock Records, two new CDs and more
CD/DVD projects in the works. And,
Professor "Louie" and the Crowmatix are
now on MySpace."
- Tonight's Midnight Ramble at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY,
The Levon Helm Band with Jimmy Vivino,
The Alexis P. Suter Band, Bow Thayer
guest MC John Scurti, is now sold out!!
- There will be a Kid's Afternoon Ramble at Levon Helm Studios on
March 31, 2007, see levonhelm.com for more information.
- Levon Helm plays on Bow Thayer's new album Spend It All.
- New photos of Rick Danko from publicist Carol Caffin:
- From our friend Jeff:
- From a recent press release:
"The film rights to John Niven's highly acclaimed
novella Music From Big
Pink have been optioned by respected producer/writer team Stephen and Jez
Butterworth, whose CV includes the movies 'Mojo' and 'Birthday Girl' which
starred Nicole Kidman. More recently Jez has written the script for the new
Paramount Pictures James Brown biopic which Spike Lee is slated to direct
later this year. They are looking forward to trying to bring Niven's book to
the big screen."
- More links from our friend Jeff:
- "The Notorious Byrds Brothers" -- 1985 review of a Byrds "reunion" concert featuring Rick Danko and Richard Manuel. Thanks to Tim for sending us the article scan.
Sneaky Pete and Garth Hudson, 2004.
- "Albert Grossman's Ghost" --
interesting 1987 article from Musician, with comments from Garth and Ricky.
Thanks to Peter Stekel for typing in the text for us.
- Levon Helm portrays a ballistics expert
in Antoine Fuqua's new action film
Shooter, starring Mark Wahlberg and Danny Glover. A movie trailer, where
Levon appears briefly, is available from the official Shooter web site.
Thanks to Joe Lore for the link.
- Looks like all three surviving members of The Band has their own pages on
While you're there, you may want to check out the MySpace entries for
and our house DJ Final.
Robbie at the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Gala in Ottawa, with Dione Taylor, who sung "The Weight" at the event, and Buffy Sainte-Marie.
- Robbie Robertson was awarded a Canadian Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in November. Read more at the
Governor General's Performing Arts Awards web site.
Thank to Brown Eyed Girl for the info.
- 1976 photos of
available from the Flickr photo sharing web site.
- The cover story of the April 2004
issue of Rolling Stone was
"The Immortals - The Fifty Greatest Artists of All Time", with a
short article about each of the "greats", written by a music
Our boys were at #50 (50?!), the comments on The Band were written
by the lovely
Lucinda Williams. Ms Williams' piece is now
available from rollingstone.com.
- Added chords for the Rick Danko song
"Home Cookin'". Contributed by
New photos added to the Band fans gallery:
- Added a 1971 photo of Ricky, by John Scheele.
- We need a volunteer to type in 6 pages of text from an article scan we've just
received. The article is from 1987 and is a very interesting read...
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