The Band Web Site
News and Updates
- The Chris Bergson Band's
Fall Changes, recorded at Levon Helm Studios, was named
Blues Album of the Year in the current issue of UK music magazine Mojo.
Highly recommended! And thanks for the free copy, Chris :-) Hope to see you
at a Ramble again soon.
"A Shrine to Rock" -- article about Big Pink from the Albany Times Union.
Today, it is nine 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.
- Our dear friend, Rick Danko's publicist Carol Caffin, has an
article (mentioning Rick, of course) titled
"Nostalgie De La Boue: Longing for the Gutter"
in the current issue of Crawdaddy. Nice one, Carol.
- Check out these photos, in particular
the ones labeled '"The Band" Plays In A Club'.
All five members of the OQ seem to be on stage, together with Rick Danko's
1978 touring band. This is probably the first known public documentation of
the last time Rick, Levon, Garth, Richard and Robbie played together, at the
Roxy in LA, 03.01.1978?
Thanks to Tim Wood for the link.
- Levon Helm is among the artists paying tribute to the great Doug Sahm on
the upcoming CD
Keep Your Soul.
- This one is good:
YouTube video --
Rick Danko performs The Band's "The Weight" with the Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra. This 1999 performance at Chicago's Metro, was the finale for The 1st Waltz (part of The Waltz benefit concert series for Heartland Alliance's Neon Street). Artist also featured include Rick Nielson, Ivan Neville, Lonnie Brooks, Sonia Dada, Sir Mack Rice, Robbie Fulks, Jon Langford, Alejandro Escovedo, Billy Corgan (and Billy Corgan Sr.) Sammy Llanes, Gary Yerkins, Alice Peacock, and Blondie Chaplin
Btw, we're going to see Blondie Chaplin play in Oslo in a few days.
Link from Freddie Bateh.
- As we say in Norway: "The old bulls have the stiffest horns"... from
an article about Ronnie Hawkins' induction into the
Arkansans Entertainers Hall of Fame this weekend:
"Hawkins... gave the audience what they might have expected from an
unabashed, aging rock star. He spoke in self-assured, salty language
and used much of his time on stage to ogle the current Miss Arkansas,
Ashlen Batson, who distributed the award plaques.
'What time does she get off?' he asked."
Thanks to Freddie Bateh for the link.
- Here are Garth Hudson's own words words about the 1959 Don Crawford recordings
posted here yesterday, copied from
"I met Don Crawford from Sarnia (Ontario) in London, Ontario and wrote lead sheets for some of his new songs. Don's manager Reg Veriol, put Don and me on a plane to New York City where we met with George Goldner who was president of the Gone record label (the original label for this session). Goldner and his assistant Lou Gally arranged to record "Sleeping Beauty" (the A side) as well as "Beauty and The Beast" (the B side). The musicians and background singers were all New York professionals and the recording was performed "LIVE," no overdubs. I co-produced this session and did not play on it. Al Williams played the piano, Mickey Baker on guitar, and Everett Barksdale played bass." Garth remembers telling Mickey "Guitar" Baker, "Mickey, would you turn up the treble on your guitar?" Garth still has the original lead sheets in his files and has the date written as "Wed. Sept. 59" without mentioning which week.
- News from our friend and radio host extraordinaire, Mr Bob Reichers:
"My radio program, 'Mystery Train' on WJZF 97.1 FM,
will be doing another 3 hour Band special this coming Saturday night, November 15th.
The Band together, solo, studio, Live in concert, the official, the unreleased, Levon and the Hawks, etc --
should be a great time for any and all Band fans.
The show broadcast live, Saturday night, Nov 15th, 9:00pm-Midnight EST with rebroadcasts on Monday November 17th 9:00pm-Midnight and Wednesday November 19th Midnight-3:00am EST.
'Mystery Train' can be heard anywhere in the world by logging onto
If any Band fans have special requests, etc. they can email me at
- Our Italian friends The Beards have recorded a
new original song dedicated to The Band, titled
"Caledonia Avalanche Blues" with lyrics by Levon and Garth's friend T.J. Cole. The song can be
downloaded from lastfm.it or
from The Beards' home page.
- In September 1959, a 22-year old Garth Hudson co-produced Canadian country artist Don Crawford's
"Beauty and the Beast" and "Sleeping Beauty"
(B- and A-side, respectively, of 45 single Gone Records 5066). And now, thanks to our
friend Jonathan Katz, we can listen to those recordings here at
The Bandweb site!
- Scan of the 1963 Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks 45
"Who Do You Love" added to the singles discography. Contributed by Peter Viney.
- To our friends in the US: Your new president is very popular and
has massive support in Scandinavia. Which is quite rare for an
American leader, mind you.
Here at The
Band web site we must admit that his speech last night was quite moving.
- New mugshot
of the webmaster (and Lee), snapped today. We bought that picture disc at a vinyl asylum
in Lund, Sweden, in May this year, before the gig/lecture with Garth and Maud
at the University. It's hanging on our office wall, next to the
Hudsons' Lund concert poster.
- Here's a video
that Garth appears in a few times while advertising the Vienna International Film Festival (Viennale). Link copied from garthhudson.com.
- From a short review of Garth and Maud Hudson's appearance at the
Vienna film festival last night:
Star guest of the Viennale, Garth Hudson, legendary founder member of The Band and winner of the Grammy Lifetime of Achievement Award, talked about his decade-long cooperation with Bob Dylan at an event at the Viennale Zentrale on 20 October under the auspices of Working Class and the Tribute to Bob Dylan. Music-journalist Pat Bashill lead the discussion. Subsequently, the delighted audience was lucky enough to be surprised by a spontaneous concert with songs by Bob Dylan and his own compositions. Garth Hudson played the keyboard (noting: "I sure wish I had a real piano") and accompanied his wife Maud who sang amazingly.
Read more and see photos from the event
at viennale.at (also available in German).
- From an
April 2008 interview
with Roger Waters:
"I do know one thing, though: Everybody should immediately download (Levon Helm's)
Best thing I've heard in 10 years. It is absolutely succulent. It's so cool.
I only heard about it about a week ago. I downloaded and I sat there and listened to
it with my mouth hanging open. I always knew he was great and I've kept in touch
with him a little bit over the years. Not enough, sadly. But he's in such great voice.
I always say to people the thing that changed everything for me was the Beatles and
(The Band's) Music from Big Pink.
Music From Big Pink changed the whole way that musicians felt about recording.
You can so hear how large a contribution (Helm) made. Obviously everyone in The Band was
great. Robbie (Robertson) wrote great songs. But Levon was for me the heart and soul
of the thing. They were all great, Rick (Danko), Garth (Hudson) and Richard (Manuel),
they were all fantastic."
- More photos of Garth and Maud Hudson in Lund, Sweden, May 2008. Thanks to
Brown Eyed Girl for pointing us to these.
- New album with contributions from Garth:
Lose Strife by Nina Violet.
- Three new albums with contributions from Garth:
And one with Levon:
- From garthhudson.com:
There is a spotlight on Big Pink in Saugerties in the fall 2008 issue of Oprah's O at Home magazine on page 20. It is included as part of a celebration spread out through a few issues of the most influential homes in history. Garth spoke with the author, Hunter Slaton, as did the present owners. There is a nice photo of the owners in front of the house. The article is titled, "The House that Made Rock 'n' Roll History."
Eric Clapton & Robbie Robertson - "Who Do You Love"
-- video from the Crossroads festival, September 2007. Thanks to
Bert Janssen and Huub Verdonschot from Holland for the link.
- News from wsrz.com:
Exclusive Clapton-Robertson Album on Hold
Thanks to "Brown Eyed Girl" for the link.
Just six months after they started recording their first album together in London, Eric Clapton and Robbie Robertson have put the project on hold. In February, Robertson told us they were "feeling pretty ambitious" about the disc. But now a source close to Robertson says the project is on the shelf and that no reason has been given, and a spokeswoman for Clapton offers up a "no comment."
THE LEVON HELM BAND - free concert!
We visited this event last year, on a beautiful October Sunday after a
Midnight Ramble at Levon's. The music was great, in an intimate setting
in front of the corn field, good food, fun for the kids and then
the allmighty Pumpkin Gun! Highly recommended.
Gill Farm Stand, Route 209 South, Hurley, NY 12443
Sunday, October 26, 2008 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Parking at Hurley Town Hall and other locations to be announced with free shuttle rides to and from venue - every 15 minutes. (PLEASE NO PARKING ON ROUTE 209!)
Face painting, hay tunnel, home cooked food, pies, fresh produce and pumpkin launching!!!!!
Please help us get the word out. Send all questions to our web site at:
www.levonhelm.com. New information, as we receive it, will be posted there so it's important that people keep checking that site for new information leading up to the day of the free show!
Come out and support your local 'dirt farmer'!
NO RAIN DATE. WE PLAY, RAIN OR SHINE!
Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30 PM at Carnegie Hall's
Zankel Hall, Garth
Hudson will join singer-songwriter
Richard Barone for
FRONTMAN: A Musical Reading,
a benefit concert for noncommercial radio station
WFUV (90.7 FM,
from Fordham University. Other
participants joining Mr. Barone are: Carlos Alomar, The Bongos, Randy
Brecker, Nick Celeste, Marshall Crenshaw, Anthony DeCurtis, Joyce
DeWitt, Ryan Geller, Steve Holley, Moby, Rob Norris, Janice Pendarvis,
Suzzy Roche, Rerre Roche, Mick Rock, Johnny Rodgers, Jane Scarpantoni,
Vin Scelsa, and Jimmy Vivino. Tickets are $28.50 - $48.50 and
- The original The Band guestbook is back. We ask you to please
remember the purpose of this web site when posting here.
- The "new" The Band "guestbook" was closed down today after 5 years of service:
"LITTLE PINK has closed. Norbert will try to recover the archives, but the
site address was hijacked and used to send huge amounts of SPAM, and the
server shut it down. A shame as we've been meticulous about barring Spammers
at several a day. They got their revenge.
We will try to get something going but it won't be soon. Please watch this
space. All good things come to an end."
Thanks to Peter and everyone for the hard work. Please keep us updated.
- Important news from levonhelm.com:
Cast of Fx's RESCUE ME and Rock Legend LEVON HELM Team up for Charity Auction
Woodstock, NY - Members of the cast of the Emmy nominated hit TV drama RESCUE ME, starring DENIS LEARY and now in its fifth season on the FX network, are teaming up with Grammy Award winning Rock N Roll Hall of Famer LEVON HELM, former drummer of THE BAND, to raise money for The Leary Firefighters Foundation, Don Imus' Cattle Ranch for Kids With Cancer, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
A charity auction, hosted by Woodstock, NY radio station 100.1 WDST, will begin on September 11th. Bids will be accepted at
The winner of the auction will receive dinner for four (4) with members of the RESCUE ME cast in a beautiful streamside setting at the renowned Bear Cafe in Woodstock, NY, located just one and a half hours north of New York City, on Saturday, October 25th. The four winners will then be escorted by the cast members to Levon Helm's Woodstock home to attend his highly acclaimed sold out Midnight Ramble concert and meet Levon. The concert will feature performances from the Saturday Night Bluegrass Band, Charlie Louvin (one half of the highly influential country music act The Louvin Brothers), and of course The Levon Helm Band. The auction winner will also receive one of a kind autographed RESCUE ME memorabilia.
Participating cast members are:
John Scurti (Lou), Daniel Sunjata (Franco), Mike Lombardi (Probie), Callie Thorne (Sheila) and Milena Govich (Candy).
Bid on the charity auction, beginning September 11, 2008 at 7:00am at
Find more info at:
100.1 WDST, Radio Woodstock
845.679.7600 xt. 18
- Most of The Band archives are back on-line. Audio files and video clips are
not yet available.
- After almost 14 years on the net, The Band web site will soon shut down,
for reasons personal, professional and technical.
We hope to be able to keep most
of the archives on-line, after a major clean-up of copyrighted material and
outdated media formats.
- During their performance at the Twisted Pines Music and Arts Festival
in Penetanguishene, Ontario, last weekend,
Garth and Maud Hudson
were joined by Garth Douglas of Festival Express and his Wye River Band. They also invited Karla Crawford, Scott Cooper, Tannis Slimmon, and Michael Yates (who played cello). A beautiful
video with their performance
of "I Shall Be Released" has just been posted on YouTube. See
garthhudson.com for more interesting news about the Hudsons.
- We've been treating our dinner guests to a few tracks from
Jubilation tonight. It's been a while since the
last time we played that CD, which marked the first official recognition of The Band
web site. The booklet also credited the great Lee Gabites and yours truly,
together with Clapton :-), which in turn lead to a lot of fun in Woodstock and
down South in AR. And The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over the Hills:
Time for Jubilation!
from amazon.com. May you rest in peace, Hank.
From: Jan Hoiberg
Sep 15 1998, 9:00 am
Newsgroups: alt.music.the-band, rec.music.dylan
The Band's new studio album _Jubilation_ is officially released
TODAY in the US. A wonderful, laidback, album from Rick, Levon,
Garth and the guys, with guest appearances by Eric Clapton and
John Hiatt (Danko and Hiatt's duet "Bound by Love" is my favorite
so far...). For sound samples and more see:
Y'all run down to your local record store or net CD shop and place
your order for _Jubilation_ NOW (Hoiberg gestures hypnotically.)
Jan H\o iberg (e-mail: Jan.Hoiberg.@hiof.no, finger: janh.@sleipner.hiof.no)
- "A Rock Legend in Lund" -- newspaper article about Garth and Maud
Hudson's lecture/concert at the University of Lund, Sweden, earlier this month.
- Levon's Dirt
Farmer will finally be available on vinyl!
Release from Vanguard Records on June 10th. The LP is already available for
preorder from parasol.com.
- Our friends The Crowmatix from Woodstock, New York has just
released a new best-of album titled As The Crow Flies, featuring contributions from
Levon Helm and
a cover of The Band's
"Life Is A Carnival" and the song "No Division (Heart & Soul)"
co-written by Rick Danko. The CD can be
ordered directly from Woodstock Records.
- Copied from Lee's guestbook:
So will we, Mike! Hope to see you there.
May 11, 2008 at 04:21 PM
State/Country: New Jersey/USA
Last night my little brother, father, friends,and I attended our first Ramble. We got the opportunity to sit in the front row, and it blew us away. It was by far the best concert I've ever been to, if not the best experience I've ever had. From the great, genuine people there to the incredible music, it was a night we will not forget. We will definitely be attending another Ramble in the near future.
- From an interview with Emmylou (yum) Harris, to appear in the next
issue of UK music magazine Clash:
Clash: I first got into your music through The Band -- you performed
"Evangeline" at their Last Waltz.
Thanks to interviewer and editor Simon Harper for sending us this.
Emmylou: They are my favourite band of all time. Have you heard Levon's
new record? It's fantastic.
Clash: Do you feel like you missed out on the actual Last Waltz event?
Emmylou: Not really. I had my own special party with them! (Laughs) But he
[Robbie Robertson, The Band's songwriter] called me and I said I'm in the
middle of this tour. It was '77, it was Albert Lee, it was Luxury Liner,
it was very important; I was very committed to my guys and there was no way
I would have stopped that. But I was grateful for the second chance. They
said, "Well okay, then we'll accommodate you". I wasn't trying to be
difficult or anything, but my first commitment was to my guys.
Clash: If they had offered to be your full time backing band would you have
Emmylou: Oh, I don't know! (Laughs) I think one song was plenty. But they
definitely have their own style, more than any other group of American
music. I'm quite taken with this young group Old Crow Medicine Show. They're
kind of an acoustic version of The Band. No one will ever be The Band, but
they're pretty amazing. I would give them a shot.
- Added an MPEG-3 file with Olivia Newton-Johns
cover of "In a Station", from her
1971 debut album. A big
thank-you to Peter Viney for the contribution.
tour dates for Jim Weider's
- We're in the beautiful town of old Lund in Sweden tonight, staying
in a train(!). Tomorrow we'll be at Lund University's
majestic aula, listening to Garth Hudson's "Music According to Garth"
lecture, followed by a concert from Garth and Maud. The beer is cold, fruit
trees are blossoming, the flat Skåne landscape's perfect for
bicycling around, enjoying the scenery and the local food and drink. I deserve this...
- Our friend and Rick Danko's publicist, Carol Caffin, is asking
for stories from fans to publish on her beautiful
Rick Danko tribute site:
"Rick's effect on and interaction with others was so much a part of his magic. Many people have told me over the years about how Rick affected their lives--whether it was with just a smile, a handshake, or a song. I would love for people to share some of these stories on the site. It can be 100 words or 500 words. Folks who want to share should contact me at
email@example.com. They will get a writer's credit, or, if they're shy or want to remain anonymous, they can use a pseudonym. It doesn't have to be anything fancy--in fact, if it has to do with Rick, it shouldn't be. Remember his credo: less is more."
- Great article from Crawdaddy!: "Rick Danko: Infectious Joy and Non-Showbiz Charisma". Link provided by
- From Simon Harper, editor of
Clash magazine in the UK:
"You might like to know that I have finally put my
Garth and Maud Hudson interview from 2007 online. It's the full transcription to our interview. One of these days I'll get
round to putting some of my pix in our gallery!"
- Check out the news and gig dates for Kris Gloer's
Last Waltz Ensemble.
- The limited-edition "mini-sleeve" reissues of The Band's
entire '60s and '70s catalog from legendary UK label Caroline Records, will
be released on May 13th. All reissues are alredy available for pre-order from
- New Jim Weider
- More feedback from our visitors regarding Lee's gig in Baltimore last week:
Just to add to Mr. Katz and the Washington Post article, the Ram's Head concert was an awesome experience. Other notable numbers were the Teresa Williams-led version of 'It Makes No Difference' (it was as beautiful as she), Levon's 'Got Me A Woman', and the second number of the night, Dylan's 'It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry'. I was five feet from the stage, and my jaw was dropped for most of the show!
I also cannot praise enough Larry Campbell's version of 'Chest Fever'. Oh. My God. I have searched and searched online for a version, but none exist! He HAS to record it! The organ intro, performed on guitar, is as impressive an interpretation as Hendrix taking on 'Watchtower'. It went right through your skin to your spine, brother.
They need to be recording these events. I really hope a live album of The Levon Helm Band comes out. I read in 'This Wheels On Fire' that Levon looked around during one of The Band's tours with Dylan and said 'I can't believe no one's recording this'. Let's not make the same mistake twice!
- Just wanted to share this from our long-time friend and web site contributor Jon Katz:
The only thing that the Washington Post left out [of their concert review]
was the clearly evident fun that everyone on stage was having -- especially Larry Campbell. The expressions on his face reminded me of his quote in the December issue of No Depression:
"All the music that means anything to me, the genuine American music -- blues, rock 'n' roll, country, bluegrass, gospel -- Levon can perform and sing with complete authority. That's what The Band did back in the day --
they took all these relatively disparate genres and blended them into one unique thing. Levon's my favorite singer in the world, And it's not that he learned how to do this; he just is it."
This was the best concert that I've seen since I saw the original line up all those years ago.
--Jonathan Katz, April 2008
- Read the wonderful review from the Washington Post of Levon Helm's concert
in Baltimore three days ago.
Levon Helm, Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD, 04.24.2008
- The new short film Only Halfway Home,
"inspired by and featuring music from Levon Helm's Grammy winning album
Dirt Farmer," has had
almost 20.000 views on YouTube since it was added a week ago! It is
top featured music video.
- A fifth edition of Greil Marcus' book
Mystery Train has just been released, with photos of The Band, Sly Stone, Elvis and Randy Newman on the
cover. Thanks to
Joshua Butts for the information.
- Hadn't seen these before: Photographer Bo Shannon's
photos from The Last Waltz. Includes shots of Stephen Stills,
Van Morrison and Paul Butterfield.
- New concert date for the Levon Helm Band: August 4, at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT.
- Check out the new
YouTube page for Levon Helms's Dirt Farmer, with
a 20-minute video titled Only Halfway Home, featuring the songs
"Poor Old Dirt Farmer,"
"False Hearted Lover Blues" and
"Got Me a Woman."
- Garth and Maud Hudson are scheduled to appear as headliners of the
Music and Arts Festival
in Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada, on Saturday May 17th.
The Hudsons will perform at the King's Wharf Theatre
at 9pm, following a screening of
See Garth's concert calendar for more details.
Thanks to our friend Jeff from Brooklyn for
- The new issue of Clash magazine
features an interview with the great Mavis Staples.
The full interview is available from clashmusic.com.
Thanks to author and editor Simon Harper for the link.
- New web server statistics created from last week's log files.
In 2007, we had an increase in server traffic again after a dip in 2006. This time we see a 10-20% decrease from last
year. Which is a little surprising considering all the good publicity The Band and Levon have had lately (Grammys, sold-out gigs),
and may be due to seasonal variations (April vs. June, see e.g the traffic graph for the old guestbook).
We'll measure the traffic again in June to verify this.
Still, the average number of requests for pages per day is at 32,000, the average total number
of file requests per day is almost 250,000, and the traffic volume last week was 35 GBytes. Surprise(?): China is
the #1 downloader among the national domains resolved from numerical IPs!
- May you rest in peace, young
A tribute to Sean has just been posted in Levon's guestbook.
- "Plochmann Lane" -- new blog from Mike & Kim Hayward
with loads of good pics from
a recent pilgrimage to Woodstock and Levon's Ramble. The blog
includes the following
message from the great
...you might tell people that they can make a longer Woodstock weekend out of it by catching my trio playing every Thursday night 45 minutes down Route 209 from the Woodstock Thruway exit at The Aroma Thyme Bistro -- fabulous,
very healthy food -- no cover charge. 845-647-3000.
Then they can have a leisurely Friday, sight-seeing the beautiful Catskills and Hudson Valley and hit a Ramble that Saturday.
Presto: a travel package!
- RFD-TV, the 24-hour television network for rural America,
has new programming plans that include a musical show hosted by Levon Helm!
Read more in this article at multichannel.com.
Thanks to Dan Schram and Scott Richardson for sending us the link.
- Here are a bunch of photos from the Levon Helm Band's
concert at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, TN, two days ago...
- ...and 10 more pics from the gig in Atlanta, GA, yesterday.
65 years ago, on April 3rd, 1943,
Richard Manuel was born. Too soon gone.
- Levon Helm Studios has added new Midnight Ramble dates
for May, June and July. Also, the Levon Helm Band's summer tour dates
with Phil Lesh & Friends are now confirmed. See
Levon's gig schedule for details.
- New Midnight Ramble announced today: May 10th Hip-Hop Ramble
special guests Snoop Dog and Kanye West! This'll sell out fast, get your tickets from
Levon Helm Studios now -- just follow this link!
- You must read the very interesting
background story about the
new musical cooperation between Levon Helm and Snoop Dog in today's
West Saugerties Journal!
- Please note that the following concert dates for The Levon Helm Band, that have been listed here and at at other web sites, are not yet confirmed by Levon Helm Studios:
- Great news for Deadheads and Levonistas: The Levon Helm Band will be touring with Phil Lesh this summer! See the
Phil Lesh web site for concert dates and more information.
- News from Kris Gloer's "Last Waltz Ensemble":
The Last Waltz Ensemble
For more LWE gig dates and sound samples see
lastwaltztribute.com, where you also can
buy their CD.
April 4th 2008 @ Smith's Olde Bar
April 2008 marks the 30th Anniversary
of the film The Last Waltz.
To celebrate, with some help from our friends,
we will be rolling through the movie set list in it's entirety!
Scheduled performances from:
Heather Luttrell, Blue Note Recording
Artist Oliver Wood,
Sean Costello, Cameron Williams, Greg Hester,
John Liebman and an opening set from The Sundogs.
This show is a must see from The LWE!
- News from levonhelm.com:
- Photos from the great gigs at The Beacon in New York City
two weeks ago!
- New Midnight Ramble dates added for May, June and July.
- The Levon Helm Band will play at the
Newport Folk Festival in Newport, RI, on August 3rd.
- News from The Band's '80s/'90s guitarist
"PRoJECT PERCoLAToR just recorded 11 new orginal songs at
Allaire Studios in Shokan, NY, for a release in late
summer/fall 2008! European Tour starts march 28th in
Italy and Switzerland into april 6th!
ProJECT PERCoLAToR is booked to play Mountain Jam IV 2008
in Hunter NY and Endless Summer Jam in NJ, july 26th/08."
More Jim Weider
- Our long-time Irish friend, singer/songwriter (and Band fan extraordinaire)
has just started a new band, with
guitarist Declan Sinnott,
"Small Town Talk" -- see their recent
press release and band photo for more info and upcoming gigs. Also, check out Hank and Declan's
covers of Band songs previously posted at this site. Best of luck, Hank!
- "Clemons sits in with Helm in concert at Beacon Theater" -- from the
Poughkeepsie Journal. Thanks to
Freddie Bateh for the link.
- Here's the great Stan Szelest appearing in a
video on YouTube:
Stan w/ Lonnie Mack at Carnegie Hall on December, 6, 1985.
Thanks to Pete Haskell for the link.
- New concert date for the Levon Helm Band:
Ram's Head Live, Baltimore, MD, 04.24.2008.
Richard Manuel, 1974
22 years ago, on March 4th 1986, we lost the great
Richard Manuel. Too soon gone.
- Great reviews from the Levon Helm Band's gig in Boston on Saturday:
Some of us are really looking forward to the
- Canadian blues/rock guitarist extraordinaire Jeff Healey sadly passed away last Sunday, only
weeks before the release of his first blues rock album in eight years,
Mess of Blues, which includes a heartfelt cover of The Band's "The Weight."
- From garthhudson.com:
is the official photo of Garth and Maud Hudson with the Consul General of Canada Mr. Alain Dudoit and Mrs. Michéle Dudoit taken at the Canadian pre-Grammy party on Thursday, February 7, 2008 at the Canadian Residence as part of the CELEBRATION OF CANADIAN MUSIC EXCELLENCE on the occasion of the 50th Annual GRAMMY(R) Awards Celebration. Garth and Maud arrived just after their plane landed."
- Photos from the Levon Helm Band's concert in Asbury Park, NJ, February 16, 2008, are now
available from levonhelm.com.
- From Davy Gallagher in Scotland:
"I thought I would let readers of the page know, I ordered a signed copy of Levon's album, and a hooded t-shirt from his website. It arrived to me (in Scotland) super-fast and in great condition, well wrapped and packaged. I thought I'd drop people a line here to remind them Levon sells direct, and he accepts cards and paypal, so there are various ways to buy. You don't need to use Amazon or Ebay as a middleman - buy direct from Levon and help him out! Oh, and the hoodie is great! Here's a
link to the store front."
- You probably want to listen to this:
Toronto musician Michael Racioppa has just
released the CD
Madhouse Studios Presents to promote his
which has "a bunch of organs" -- 4 of them are Lowrey organs, 2 of which are the same models used by Garth Hudson, the Lowrey Festival (Music from Big Pink) and the H25-3 (The Last Waltz).
The promo disc has 4 very good covers of Band songs that are
"more or less replications" of the original recordings.
- More news from
"'MUSIC ACCORDING TO GARTH' is the title of the lecture and concert Garth will be doing for Studentafton (Studentevening in English), Academic Society of Lund/Sweden on May 6th. Details will be posted in
Calendar soon. Some of the participants over the past hundred years were Louis Armstrong, Ingmar Bergman, Albert Schweitzer, J. B. Priestley, Pink Floyd,
Jose Saramago, Count Basie, Ray Charles, Queen Margrethe of Denmark, Ella Fitzgerald, Dag Hammarskjold, Duke Ellington, Piet Hein, Muddy Waters, Oscar Peterson, Bertrand Russell, Jaques Tati, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix."
- Just posted at
photo of Garth Hudson (looking great) and Earl Scruggs onstage at the Grammys: "Earl received a Lifetime of Achievement Grammy also... as well he should."
- "Helm is still going strong on 'Midnight Ramble'" -- new article/review from philly.com.
Thanks for the link, Nick.
- An interesting tidbit on a Beatles website:
Everyone knows that George Harrison came up to visit Bob Dylan for
Thanksgiving 1968, but very little has ever been written about it.
Former Beatles roadie Mal Evans makes a note in his diary about meeting Levon and the boys at Dylan's house during the holiday.
The comment is just past half way down the web page.
Thanks to Bill Delaney for the link.
The Band was honoured with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
in Los Angeles last night.
Robbie Robertson and Garth Hudson were present at the ceremony.
Photos of a
well-groomed and sharp-dressed Garth and a
good-looking Robbie at the event are available from Getty Images.
- Richard Manuel's wife Arlie Manuel also attended the Grammy Lifetime
Achievement Award ceremony yesterday, here's a
photo from Getty Images.
- RFD TV
will be filming tomorrow's "Gramble Ramble" at
Levon Helm Studios.
It will air within the next two weeks.
- Very interesting article titled
"Grammys play hail to The Band"
in the London Free Press today. Some quotes about Robertson:
"For Robertson, there's an upcoming Order Of Canada ceremony in Ottawa."
Thanks to "Brown Eyed Girl" for the link to this one.
"And he's making a record with long-time friend Eric Clapton starting next month in London....'We've already started writing.'"
"Helm, 67 [...]
is also up for a best traditional folk album Grammy tomorrow night for
Dirt Farmer, his first solo album in 25 years, an occurrence which
Robertson calls 'absolutely terrific.'"
- The current issue of
Oprah Magazine has an article about Levon Helm,
mainly about Levon and his daughter Amy's relationship during the time
he was being treated for cancer, and also their musical relationship.
Thanks to Tom Guell for the info.
- Three new articles about The Band's Grammy:
- Garth Hudson guests on the new benefit album
American Hotel from Mike Brown.
Proceeds from the sales of American Hotel will go towards rebuilding a community hospital
in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala, which was devastated in 2007 by mudslides, killing hundreds and
leaving thousands homeless.
This Saturday, February 9th, Brown's label, Oasis Entertainment, hosts a Pre-Grammy party at the
Bordello in Los Angeles, marking the release of
American Hotel and other benefit projects. Garth and Maud Hudson will
be present at the event and will perform at or after 11:PM.
See the press release for more info. Thanks to
Jeff Alexander for the update.
- Another major festival appearance by Levon Helm in
Live Oak, FL, in April:
"Allman Bros bring Levon Helm, Bob Weir to Wanee."
- "Not Far From 'Big Pink,' Levon Helm Is Back Performing" -- good article from today's Wall Street Journal.
- "Levon Helm to celebrate Grammys in Woodstock with 'Gramble'" -- article from the
Poughkeepsie Journal. Link provided by Dan Schram.
- "Levon Helm and the Ramble on the Road" are among the
officially confirmed performers at the June 2008 Bonnaroo Music Festival
in Manchester, Tennessee, according to
an article in Rolling Stone. This is confirmed by the
official Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival web site.
Other acts appearing at Bonnaroo are
Pearl Jam, Metallica, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Kanye West, Jack Johnson and many more.
Thanks to Dan Schimelpfenig for the info.
- Added the CD
Do the Tavern and other Tall Tales (Head of Femur, 2005)
to the list of covers of Band songs.
- On Saturday, Feb 16th, the The Band tribute band
The "THE BAND" Band :-)
will perform at the Colony Cafe in Woodstock, NY.
- Bear Family Records claim that their new Ronnie Hawkins compilation
"includes a previously unissued rockabilly gem from 1958." Can anyone tell us which track this is? All the songs on
Ronnie Rocks have been released on earlier Hawkins albums -- must be a different recording of one of these, then? Is it
the last track, "Horace", that appears twice on the CD?
- Added new photos of Garth Hudson with Jeff Alexander to the
Band fans photo gallery.
- We just received our copy of Arlen Roth's new album
Toolin' Around Woodstock,
courtesy of producer Jon Gershen.
This is a highly recommended release, with Levon Helm singing killer versions
of Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen" and Buck Owens "Cryin' Time."
There's also brilliant playing by ace guitarist Roth and Levon on drums, and
top notch studio musicians.
A bonus DVD with Arlen, Levon, Amy Helm and the gang in session at Levon Helm Studios is
included with the CD.
Toolin' Around Woodstock is
available from amazon.com.
- Just announced from levonhelm.com:
"Sunday, February 10, 2008: Levon Helm's 'Gramble Ramble'.
Join Levon and his Band for an exclusive Grammy Night Ramble.
Show time, 5pm - 7pm. Special ticket price.
Limited Tickets Available!!"
- More links from Tim Wood:
- From garthhudson.com:
"Here is a
video from YouTube
of Garth in concert with
on November 25 and 26, 1989 at St. Anne's Cathedral in Brooklyn, NY. The two songs are
'The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan' and 'As Tears Go By.' The beginning of '...Lucy Jordan'
is sadly missing in this video excerpt. Both a CD and companion video
(with brief comments from Marianne) were released in 1990 titled
Garth played piano and accordion during the concert."
- "The Band member, Levon Helm, talks music with Russell Hall"
-- new interview from
The Anderson Independent-Mail, local newspaper for Anderson County in South Carolina.
Thanks to Tim Wood for the link.
- Here's the poster for the "Mountain Jam" in
Hunter Mountain, NY, in May, featuring the Levon Helm Band. Contributed by
- Carol Caffin, Rick Danko's publicist for many years and author of the great
BandBites series of The Band background
stories and interviews, has
put up a new
Rick Danko page on Squidoo Music!
"everyone's contributions, comments, questions, suggestions, etc."
- "The improvisational blues and rock band Gov't Mule and Grammy nominee
Levon Helm, former drummer and vocalist for The Band, will anchor the
fourth annual Mountain Jam music festival set for late spring at Hunter Mountain." -- read more at poughkeepsiejournal.com.
Thanks to Timothy Wood for the link
- What do you think is correct? Is it Richard or Levon?:
"I'm not certain, but there may be a mistake on the
song-by-song credits for the track "When You Awake" on
The Band (The Brown Album).
The credits show Levon playing drums, but I think this might be one of those few songs where Richard Manuel is on the drums.
In the liner notes for the
2000 re-master, Rob Bowman says, 'When You Awake features a gorgeous counter-melody
courtesy of Garth and Richard's loose-limbed drumming (dig the wonderful drum part at the 2:20 mark).'
In his article about the song,
Peter Viney lists Richard Manuel on drums in the credits.
Peter also cites the video
Classic Albums - The Band, where Robbie says Richard played drums on the song.
I'm no expert on drumming technique, but the drumming on the song seems Richard's fresh, loopy style of play. Whoever's on drums, Levon or Richard, it's sure fun to listen to the drums on this piece."
- More info. from Mark Atkins about Luke Doucet, the song "The Day Rick Danko Died," and the new album Blood's Too Rich:
- Among their 01.23.2008 updates,
musictap.net is reporting reissues of The Band's entire
'60s and '70s catalog, upcoming on Caroline Records in the
Thanks to Kevin Ruppenthal for the info.
- "A Survivor Sings" --
nice editorial on Levon Helm from todays
Northwest Arkansas Times (Fayetteville newspaper).
Thanks to Randall Cale for the link.
- The Complete Motown Singles Vol 9 (release 4 Feb) has the Diana
Ross/ Supremes/ Temptations version of "The Weight" (originally released on single and on the
album Together in 1969)
on disc 4.
- According to Paul Schoninger, the new Denzel Washington movie
The Great Debaters uses Robertson's
"Shine Your Light" on its ad trailer, but the song is not included in
the film's soundtrack.
- "Back To The Garden" --
article from The Cleveland Free Times
on Bill Scheele, who worked as "stage and prop manager" for The Band in the'60s and '70s. Link provided by
- Updated the list of "The Band Cover Versions from the GB" with a cover of
"I Shall Be Released"
by the Embracers.
- Gov't Mule cover "The Shape I'm In" on their latest album
Mighty High. Thanks to Henry King for the info.
- A recent photo of a (very) pregnant Amy Helm (with Ruth Ungar Merenda from The Mammals)
can be found in the
blog of Corey DiMario, bass player
for the group Crooked Still. In his blog, DiMario also mentions playing on the same bills as Ollabelle and watching a Band DVD,
and saying Levon is "The Man" (which we know). Thanks to Pete (aka Forbes) for the update.
- From our old friend Joe Lore:
"Here are some pix from Randy Stratton's website (an old friend of Levon's) that I have never seen before."
- Canadian guitarist
Luke Doucet's new album
Blood's Too Rich has a track titled
"The Day Rick Danko Died."
- New drawing of Levon by Nicole Gibson.
- The extended interview and performance with the Levon Helm Band that
aired yesterday on WXPN-FM, titled
"Levon Helm: Beyond The Band with Blues", is now
available from the NPR web site.
Thanks to Bob Wigo for the link.
- News from levonhelm.com:
"The Levon Helm Band shared their talents on the world-famous World Cafe.
Tune in on Friday, January 18th to hear the session on
WXPN at 2pm ET / 1pm CT / 12noon MT / 11am PT. You can also go to
to find out when World Cafe may air in your area."
- Levon Helm played at the great
Jimmy Vivino's Birthday party gig at BB King's
in NYC last night. And some night it WAS, according to this
review/ photo/ video report!
Thanks to Scott Bernstein for the link.
- From our friend Sarah Perrotta,
who worked with Garth Hudson on her new album
"Here is a
YouTube link to live concert
footage of my song 'Out of Grace,' with Garth Hudson on accordion, at the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, NY, from the
release party for my album
The Well. Performers are Sarah Perrotta: voice and piano, Chris Lane: guitar,
Johnny Watson: drums, Jon Stern: Bass and Garth Hudson: accordion."
The Levon Helm Band's February 15th show at The Electric Factory in
Philadelphia, PA, and the February 16th show
at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ, have now been confirmed by Levon Helm Studios.
A new tour date was added today:
03.01.2008, Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA.
available from Ticketmaster.
- From garthhudson.com:
Dylan UNCUT ... Read the editor's letter about this month's Bob Dylan cover feature. Garth did an interview for the story,
as did producer Bob Johnston, Nashville session legend Charlie McCoy, Patti
Smith, Lambchop's Kurt Wagner, Brett and Rennie from The Handsome Family, Gillian Welch, Josh Ritter and Sid Griffin. Read more here:
- Pete Haskell, who played bass with legendary piano man
Stan Szelest (Szelest later joined
both the Hawks and The Band) as a member of the Ravens in the early '60s,
has released a new album titled
One Man Band. You can
listen to the song "Down At Lulu Belles" from this album
still keeps in touch with Ravens guitarist Chuck McCormic
and drummer Sandy Konikoff
(who played with Dylan and the Hawks in '66 after Levon Helm left)
in Buffalo, NY, and is
still gigging and an active member of
Buffalo Musician's local 92.
- Added a page for the album
A Profile of New Hampshire (The Shaw Brothers, 1987), featuring Garth Hudson. Thanks for Dave Zuck for the
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