Martin Colyer's new project Idols is a five-track
album with songs about/inspired by
Buster Keaton, Richard Manuel, Tony Blair,
Britney Spears and John F. Kennedy. Richard's song, titled
"At the Edge of Town" is a meditation on his tragic death. From the Idols
"Richard was one of my favourite singers and songwriters (and, not to
forget, drummers). When Sam and Ann Charters came through London on
their way to live in Sweden in 1971, Sam had brought me five of his
favourite albums as a gift. One of them was
Music From Big Pink. He
sat me down (I was 15 at the time) and played me his favourite song,
Richard's "In A Station." It sounded like nothing else I'd ever
heard. It still sounds like nothing else I've ever heard. There's a
lot of great writing about Richard's extraordinary qualities, and a
quick web search turns most of them up, or go to Jan Hoiberg's
excellent site on The Band. This song is a meditation on Richard's
death. On March 4, 1986, after a gig at the Cheek to Cheek Lounge
outside Orlando, in Winter Park, Florida, Manuel seemed to be in
relatively good 'spirits' but ominously thanked Hudson for
twenty-five years of incredible music.' The Band returned to the
Quality Inn, down the block from the Cheek to Cheek Lounge, and Manuel
talked with Levon Helm about music, film, etc., in Helm's
room. According to Helm, at around 2:30 Manuel said he needed to get
something from his room. Upon returning to his motel room it is
believed that he finished one last bottle of Grand Marnier before
hanging himself. [from Wikipedia]. When I came to the point in the
song where there is usually some kind of solo I remembered a version
of Georgia that Mark had worked on as he figured out how to record in
Garageband. I dropped the mp3 in the track... oh, and thanks to John
Scheele for his lovely correspondence."
From an interview with the great
Darlene Love, posted in the
Late Show Newsletter last week:
Q. What's the most underrated Christmas song?
A. I did a Christmas CD a couple years ago. There's one song that I had never heard of before and it was by The Band. It's called "Christmas Must Be Tonight." I went wow, what a great song. I did that on my
and I do it in my show every year. It's a great Christmas song.
Some good news from Levon Helm Studios, posted on Facebook by manager Barbara O'Brien:
"To all our friends, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Levon, Sandy and all of us at Levon Helm Studios! 2010 is going to be another great year for Levon. At last night's Ramble, he sang again for the 2nd time in 2 weeks. I believe he's on the road to full recovery!!!! Thank you, to you all, for stickin' by him."
The track is included on Terry's upcoming album Outside Looking In, more songs will appear here soon.
A few words from our friend Carol Caffin about this project:
"Terry's Christmas song was recorded live 'off the floor,' and though lovely, it is melancholy
-- not your typical 'ho ho ho' reverie. The album is very introspective, mostly acoustic, a
different Terry Danko than his fans are used to. These songs are the product of someone who
has lived and experienced love, pain, and loss."
Saturday, December 26, 8:45 p.m.
Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St.
New York, NY
New Year's Eve
Thursday, December 31, 10:00 p.m.
Towne Crier Cafe
130 Route 22
From Paul Schoninger:
On the new Jimmy Buffett CD
Buffet Hotel, Robbie Robertson is mentioned in the liner notes.
Buffett describes running into Daniel Lanois in Jamaica when the subject turned to rose wine, "which prompted a story Lanois attributed to Robbie Robertson about the ingredients of a party, especially in colder climates being to turn up the heat and chill the rose." Buffett relied "that's a song title" -- "Turn Up the Heat and Chill the Rose" is track 5 on Buffet Hotel.
Levon Helm has been nominated for another Grammy! And he's in pretty good company this year.
Nominees for best Americana album (vocal or instrumental):
From The Band's official photographer, Elliott Landy:
My latest book, Woodstock Vision, The Spirit of a Generation, would make a great gift for the holidays. You can purchase signed copies from my website for the cover price of $35. It was published in July by Backbeat Books (only in Hardcover.)
It is 224 pages, 9.5 x 11 inches, with nearly 300 photographs, many of which were never published before. I am thrilled with the printing quality of this book. Many of the color photographs look better than they ever have.
To see some pages from the book and read more about it, and order a signed copy from me, go to my website:
In the first part of the book, I describe my photographic journey and experiences in the Sixties - being part of a movement that we thought would change the world. For me, my well-known images of Bob Dylan (Nashville Skyline), The Band (Music From Big Pink and The Band), Janis Joplin (Big Brother & The Holding Company: Cheap Thrills), Van Morrison (Moondance), Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and the '69 Woodstock Festival --
were a reflection of my belief that unity of purpose, shared consciousness, and freedom to behave as we wished, coupled with the power of music to liberate the soul, would set us free.
The book is not only about rock musicians but also includes unusual images of peace demonstrations and humorous celebrity event photos showing the absurdity of Star worship. This series of photos was taken while working with New York City Underground newspapers in an effort to help create a more just and intelligent society.
The second part is a 90-page section of photographs and stories about the Woodstock Festival which preserve the true vision and spirituality of the Festival and the time. It contains personal first-hand accounts from some of the producers, builders, hippies and straights who created and attended the Festival; and describes the spirituality, trials and tribulations, and the sheer joy of being there. It is a celebration of a time that continues to inspire succeeding generations
This Week's Featured Concert: The Band
Winterland (San Francisco, CA) 11/25/1976.
Here it is, the complete and unedited Last Waltz concert by the Band on Thanksgiving
1976. For the first time ever, hear the entire performance: almost 4 hours long with
42 tracks, 16 performers, all the stage banter, the entire encore... a must-listen.
The Richard Manuel documentary film project, titled
Tears of Rage: The Story of Richard Manuel, is "now in the final leg of filming,"
according to the project's
facebook page -- go there
to read more about upcoming interviews with Garth, Robbie and John Simon and the benefit
gig for the project on Dec 1st.
Note: The music portion of the "Tribute to Levon Helm" show in NYC
tomorrow with Kris Kristofferson and Hubert Sumlin has been moved
to Woodstock! For more info,
If you're in NYC this weekend, check out this show:
"A tribute to Levon Helm", featuring Kris Kristofferson and Hubert Sumlin!
Sunday, November 15th at 8pm, the Tony Bennett Concert Hall at The Frank Sinatra School of Arts in Astoria, Queens, NY.
Video from YouTube:
"Tennessee Jed" -- The Levon Helm Band on the Late Show with David Letterman on 7/9/09.
Many Band fans are familiar with the name Professor Louie &
the Crowmatix, but not all fans are familiar with the group's
authentic and original blend of roots, rock, country, and blues. If
you haven't heard the music of Professor Louie & the Crowmatix,
now is a great time to check it out.
The group's seventh
studio album, whose title song is a beautiful rendition of (and
touching homage to) The Band classic "Whispering Pines," has just been
released on Woodstock Records. The album features 10 songs from the
Crowmatix' vast repertoire, including covers of two other Band
classics, "The Weight" and "Ain't No More Cane," which was taught to
"Professor Louie" by Rick personally.
those who don't know--and as The Band's fan base continues to grow and
as younger generations continue to discover them, some of you
don't--"Professor Louie" is producer, singer, songwriter, and
multi-instrumentalist Aaron Hurwitz, who worked with The Band in a
number of significant capacities in the second half of the 80s and
throughout the 90s. In addition, his wife "Miss Marie" Spinosa sang
background vocals for both The Band and for Rick.
"Professor Louie" is a name that Rick inadvertently bestowed on
Aaron, whose middle name is Louis and who is known by lots of friends
as "Louie"--and the moniker stuck. Aaron began working with The
Band--multi-tasking both in the studio and on the road as an engineer,
co-produceer, keyboard and accordion player--in the 1980s. He also
co-produced and engineered The Band's three albums in the 90s:
Jericho, High on the Hog, and
Later in the decade, Aaron began
accompanying Rick on the road, performing with him in his solo
shows. He also was involved in the production of Rick's last two
albums, Live On Breeze Hill and the posthumous release,
Times Like These.
These days, Professor Louie
& the Crowmatix are busy both in the studio and on the road,
performing not only in the Hudson Valley and the Northeastern US,
where they have quite a following, but abroad as well.
you'd like to check out Professor Louie & the Crowmatix live--and
help a very noble and significant cause at the same time--head to the
Rosendale Theatre in Rosendale, New York, where the group will be
performing a benefit concert for the Queens Galley (http://www.queensgalley.org/),
a Kingston, New York-based nonprofit organization that provides
awareness, education, relief, and prevention of food insecurity in
America. The Queens Galley supports, creates, and implements programs
dedicated to the affordable nutritional education of children,
families, and seniors.
The concert is being presented by
WKZE, and tickets are $12.50. Attendees are asked to please bring a
non-perishable food item for donation. For tickets or more
information, call the Rosendale Theatre box office at 845-658-8989.
Maud and Garth Hudson are now halfway through their little Norwegian tour with
"Jeffrey & the Free Radikals." After a few start problems at the first show in Drammen
on Wednesday, they played a great gig yesterday in Oslo, which we attended with
our house DJ, young Final, in tow. We enjoyed the rootsy opening set by Jeff
Wasserman, and were then treated to a mixture of new songs, traditionals
and Band classics. Maud's voice was strong and beautiful, Garth's playing blew
us all away and the Radikal's (Jørun Bøgeberg on a vintage
Fender Bass VI in particular) really rocked the joint.
After the gig we spent some time back stage, talking to the Hudsons and enjoying
the free drinks... Maud was hospitable and charming as always, and it was
quite nice to watch master Garth and the young DJ discussing music production and possible
collaborations in the future :-) The tour continues in Stavanger today and ends in
Bergen tomorrow. You Norwegian West-coasters have something to look forward to.
Garth and Maud appeared on nationwide Norwegian TV channel TV2 on Tuesday
morning, to promote the current tour. Garth did an interview and played
two songs, with Maud ("The Weight") and Wasserman/Bøgeberg.
Photos and video clips from the program are
available from TV2's web site (viewing the video
requires Microsoft Windows and the Silverlight media player).
"Checking Jim Weider's Pulse" -- review of the
Pulse CD and interview with Jim. Includes some interesting
comments about possible releases of '80/'90s The Band live shows.
It's party time here at The Band web site: It's exactly
15 years since
we first went on-line. Our webmaster was 35 then, today he celebrates
his 50th birthday! Cheers to all Band fans, and a big "Thank You" to
our friends, good helpers, musicians and contributors around the world for supporting us
all this time.
A live "I Shall Be Released" by The Band is included on the new soundtrack album
Taking Woodstock. "ISBR" was not included in
their 1969 Woodstock set(?). Anyone know where this live track on TW was recorded?
An upcoming all-Canadian
The Band tribute album, produced by Garth Hudson,
has recently been announced by
Curve Music. We've received the following
disclaimer from Garth regarding this release:
It was brought to my attention that the announcement by Curve Music appears to be connected with my concerts in Norway and might be to promote my recent recordings in Toronto. In fact my project with Curve has no connection to this month's Norwegian tour. My wife Maud and I are in Norway to celebrate the release of our friend's album:
Jeffrey & The Free Radikals
(as previously posted). I will be performing my own compositions, pieces from my solo albums and include favored Band songs.
I look forward to performing in the near future with artists who have been recording with me in Toronto. An announcement will be posted here as soon as it is planned. And of course we will make an official announcement about the tribute album when a release date is set along with some background about why and how this special tribute was done. Curve Music has been so excited that they jumped the gun a little bit with their announcement. But, we are glad you now know. I'm proud of it and can hardly wait for you to hear versions of Chest Fever, Tears of Rage, Ain't Got No Home, but we want to leave some surprises for you to discover when it's time arrives.
Thank you for your many inquiries. We are excited about Norway and look forward to sharing my favorite Band songs with you soon.
The Band's drummer in the '90s, the great
has a new group
called Left By The Wayside.
Check out their web site for
From Davy Gallagher in Glasgow, Scotland:
I wanted to let you and readers of the page know I've received delivery of the new
Rick Danko live 1987
Rick and Richard live 1985 albums released by Bear Records in the UK.
The sound and content is fantastic on both discs, especially the Rick solo one.
HOWEVER: The back of the Danko
album says (as do the liners) that tracks 22-27 on disc 2 are
by the evenings support act Bob Margolin -- yet these tracks do not
appear anywhere on the album.
There are only 22 tracks on disc 2 and the Margolin support set is nowhere on
From our friend Emanuele Marchiori of the Italian Beards:
If you want to see the video of our song 'Caledonia Avalanche Blues'
dedicated to The Band, go here:
Other news is that on October 20th we release our new album
Diggin' Fingers that includes remasters/remixes of
our versions of
'Whispering Pines,' 'Million Dollar Bash' and 'This Wheel's on Fire,' plus
a new version of 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.'
You can hear a preview of the album here:
Here's the poster/postcard for Garth Hudson's concerts in
Norway this month.
Garth Hudson Press Release Garth and Maud Hudson in Norway!
Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer, Grammy Award winner, master keyboardist GARTH
HUDSON (of The Band) and his wife vocalist Maud Hudson will be performing
new compositions, pieces from Garth's solo album
The Sea To The North and
their duet album
LIVE At The WOLF,
as well as songs from "The Band".
Backing the Hudsons is Jeffrey & The Free Radikals (Knut Reiersrud, Reidar
Larsen, Jørund Bøgeberg, Rune Arnesen) who are celebrating their new CD
Garth contributed organ, keyboards, and accordion to a few tracks on the album.
Jeffery A. Wasserman is presenting the opening set.
BASEMENT TAPES STEREO SAFETY MASTER FOUND
Word is the Hollow Horn Encore Label has a copy of what they call the legendary Basement Tapes Safety Master. This was a tape reportedly made by Garth Hudson in early 1968, under full studio conditions, of the best available original master tapes made in the summer of 1967 and it features the bulk of the original songs that were recorded. This safety tape features truly breathtaking sound quality and also, in the majority of cases, features the material in its original glorious stereo (virtually none of this material has ever been heard in it's original true stereo -- including on the ridiculous official release!).
Four tracks from other sources have also been included as bonus tracks, which also means that this set stands as a close to perfect one disc compilation of the Basement Tapes Dylan compositions.
ANOTHER SIDE OF ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL
The Bob Dylan performance on that fateful night Aug 31, 1969 at the Isle of Wight is the subject of a fresh issue from the Hollow Horn Encore Label. The label claims their new release comes from a new source that is COMPLETE. All previous releases were mixes from various sources to make up the full Dylan show. This edition features the entire performance (other than the end of the final song) from one source recording, reportedly made from the VIP enclosure right in the front of the stage. The title is Mighty Mockingbird.
Thanks to Jonathan Katz and Levi Albert for the updates.
Please note that this web
site does not support bootleggers. We have no information available about where or how to buy bootleg albums/unofficial releases.
Looks like Levon Helm will be one of the guests in season 2 of the
TV show Spectacle: Elvis Costello With.... The episode will be
The Apollo Theatre in NYC on September 24, 2009, with Levon,
Richard Thompson, Nick Lowe and Allen Toussaint.
Thanks to Karl Gedlicka for the update.
Check out Carol Caffin's
Rick Danko tribute site for
previously unpublished(?), ultra-cool '60s
pics of Rick Danko.
A note to fans planning to see The Levon Helm Band within the next few weeks:
Levon lost his voice while we were on the road on June. The good news is that a biopsy of his vocal cord a few weeks ago resulted in a diagnosis of no cancer, however he does need to remain on vocal rest so that he can heal. He was diagnosed with a lesion on his vocal cord from acid reflux which was removed by laser. He will sing again, following some rigorous vocal lessons with his vocal coach, but he does need to take it slowly. Thanks to you, his loyal and loving fans, he's been welcomed to the stage with shouts and cheers and sounds of encouragement through this healing process.
NASHVILLE,TN -- Jim Weider will be a featured artist in Guitar Show with Andy Ellis (broadcast Sept. 10-12) with exclusive interview clips and tracks from Pulse.
Guitar Show with Andy Ellis streams online three times a week from Nashville and San Antonio radio stations:
Recommended reading: Garth did an interview with Kevin Young as the main featured keyboard article for the July/August 2009 issue of
Canadian Musician. The article is
although through a rather cumbersome Flash-based user interface. Click the "Keyboard"
text on the cover image, that'll take you directly to page 42 where the interview
There are a couple other interviews scattered around his, but you can pick Garth's out by reading the sections with a white background, it goes for a few pages. One of the other interviews is with Bill King. Thanks to dear Maud for sending us the link.
There's a pretty good five-page Levon Helm interview/article
(including a photo of Lee at a Midnight Ramble over two pages)
titled "Empire of Dirt" in the
current issue of UK music magazine
Uncut, written by The Band biographer
The Band's song "Chest Fever" is available for download on
Rock Band 2,
"the sequel to 2007's multi-million unit selling, genre-defining, cultural phenomenon
Rock Band, the highest-rated music/rhythm game ever".
The version used in RB2 is the live version
from Rock of Ages.
Thanks to 14-year old Nathan Thomas ("a Band fan since before I could remember")
for the update.
Garth and Maud Hudson are scheduled to perform in Norway in
October, with composer/ songwriter/ producer Jeff Wasserman and
a band of top notch Norwegian musicians.
The following dates and venues are confirmed so far (click on links for tickets and more info):
Robbie Robertson's mother, Rosemarie Chrysler Robertson, died last week. She was
loved by all members of The Band, who called her 'Mama Kosh' when she would take them into her
Toronto home and feed them in their Younge Street days as the Hawks in the '60s.
We send our condolences to the Robertson family on their loss. May she rest in peace.
He attended Poughkeepsie Day School, Onteora and graduated NYU (pre med) with honors.
As a boy Ezra leaned towards the wild life. He admired nothing more than wildness and sincerity, and committed himself deeply to the life of an adolescent frontiersman. The many adventures he embarked on as a boy became the material of his first stories, and as he grew older he learned to beguile his time with this gift for writing in solitude, and embroidering reminiscence till it shone in the dark.
His stories are surely some of the finest of their type and age. To his disappointment this was barely recognized. His masterpiece the novel Misty's Lounge became an internet self-publishing sensation in 2004, while a small press in London printed two editions of some of his best very short stories, titled Vacuuming with Carolina and Toe-Hopping Actifed.
He feared death, yet never forgot those moments of finding glory in the overcoming of the fear of death. This is his magnificent strain, and combined with his love of beauty, makes the testament of his finest work, as in this exquisite final paragraph of one of his stories, about meeting a girl whose life he had saved many years earlier:
"Yeah!", she shouted in victory to the world, "We got away with everything!". We both laughed. We knew where that phrase came from. Maybe we were still invincible after all. She held her arms up and spun around, smiling at the stars the way someone smiles when they've lived through something very hard. She loved being alive. When I saw that, I remembered how good it was. I was glad she reminded me. Arms still aloft, she looked at me. Her eyes beamed youth in its greatest expression of strength, light and perfection. There were no more scars inside Danielle. "It's gonna' be a sweet memory," she said.
Ezra died July 30th, 2009. Place of death: Tampa, Fla.
Survived by his mother Libby Fagen, sister Amy Helm Collins, nephew Lavon Henry Collins, and step father Donald Fagen, all whom he loved dearly.
All his friends in Woodstock, and all the people across the world who loved him and read his stories, will miss him for as long as they live.
Libby, Amy and family thank you for your love and comfort during this trying time. A scholarship fund is being formed by the family, in memory of Ezra and they ask that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to that fund. More information will follow.
As mentioned here earlier:
recorded a cover of The Band's "Acadian Driftwood" as
a duet with Celine Dion(!), for his
Last Kiss album that was released
in Canada and the US in April this year. The track can now be
heard on YouTube.
Enjoy, music lovers (the end of the song, in particular...).
And thanks to Brien Sz for posting the link in our guestbook.
It's Garth Hudson's birthday
today! We send our best wishes to Garth and Maud.
PBS TV special titled "Levon Helm Ramble At The Ryman", recorded last
September with John Hiatt, Sheryl Crow and others,
airing nationwide this August 2009. Details and video clips
available from levonhelm.com.
"It has been reported over the past number of months that the dynamic duo
(i.e. Robertson and Clapton)
shelved its album. Some have "guestimated" that it is because the two
extremely creative musicians could not see eye-to-eye during its production.
Robbie's son Sebastian recently responded to our question to him as to what
the real reason is for shelving the album. He replied that Eric needed to
spend more time with his young family and it would take away from the time
and dedication that he and Robbie felt was necessary to create an album to
their liking. Eric will be a part of Robbie's upcoming solo album though."
Levon Helm's music is being featured all day on WFUV (90.7 FM, Fordham U. Radio, Bronx, New York City) on Tuesday June 30th between 6 AM and 9 PM. This includes his music with and without The Band. This is in celebration of his new release, Electric Dirt, on Tuesday.
WFUV has a live stream at
(go to home page and at top click "Listen Live").
A new web site for Jonas Fjeld
has been developed by students at the same college that hosts The Band site.
Jonas' site is in Norwegian
(although with an English auto-translate function,
click the little Union Jack),
except for a new bio that
was expertly written by our dear friend Carol Caffin.
Check out the
video section with loads of digitized VHS tapes,
including a legendary Norwegian 1993 TV program about the Danko/Fjeld/Andersen trio, with footage of Rick Danko "skiing" in the Norwegian mountains!
News from The Band's guitarist in the '80s and '90s,
The new CD from Jim Weider's PRoJECT PERCoLAToR, Pulse, is now
available from jimweider.com. This record was recorded live in three days at the famed
Allaire Studio, Shokan NY, featuring: Jim Weider - guitars,
Rodney Holmes - drums, Steve Lucas - bass, Mitch Stein - guitar,
plus special guests!
Pulse is a multimedia CD
that also has two video's on it: "Squirrels in Paris "and
the recording of "Pulse "at Allaire Studio's!
Check out the video "Squirrels in Paris" on
Jim Weider has been in the studio Recording a new CD for
Canadian Artist Dean Batstone. Jim has also been playing with the
Levon Helm Band at his Midnight Rambles in Woodstock, NY,
and is getting ready to do a tour in June with the Levon Helm Band
in the US(!).
Jim Weider appeared with
Levon Helm and Garth Hudson in "Song to Soul", a 60-minute
weekly music documentary program on The Band,
Tokyo Broadcasting System
The show was aired on May
13th at 11 PM all over Japan, on a satellite channel of TBS
called BS-TBS, and rerun on the following week on May 20 at
11 PM. TBS is one of the largest and the most popular
networks in Japan.
Just released from Levon Helm Studios, the promo video
"The Making of Electric Dirt":
will be sitting-in with
John Doe & The Sadies at their concert
at the City Winery in NYC tonight, promoting the
new Doe/Sadies album Country Club. Also playing are
Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles. Only a few seats left...
For those of you who haven't seen the promo videos for Levon Helm's
wonderful, Grammy-winning album Dirt Farmer yet:
A new track from Levon Helm's yet unreleased
Electric Dirt album,
"White Dove," can be heard on the promo CD
Caroline Distribution Record Store Day Sampler, released by Caroline Dist. on April 18th
"Record Store Day".
Opening on April 17th & 18th (exactly 40 years
since the day The Band played their first concerts
at Winterland in San Francisco)
at Kokoon Arts Gallery in Cleveland, OH:
Look Out Cleveland -- an exhibition
of Bill Scheele's prints, photos and memorabilia from his
days with The Band & Bob Dylan. See the
for more info.
Zachary Richard has recorded a cover of The Band's "Acadian Driftwood," a
duet with Celine Dion(!), for his forthcoming album
Last Kiss. To be released on
April 7 in Canada and April 21 in the USA.
Thanks to Greg Przygocki from Toronto for the update.
Thanks for the nice e-mails and guestbook posts regarding the
closing down of The Band site that was announced here yesterday. It was, of course,
yet another April Fools' Day prank. New visitors to this site may want to check out some of our earlier
April 1st posts:
Now that all three surviving members of The Band have their own
official sites, The Band web site has served it purpose. We will close
down today, at midnight EST. All contents of this site will be transferred
to the editors of the recently launched Robbie Robertson Facebook and MySpace
pages, for free use and inclusion there. You may post
your goodbyes and final messages to other users in
Thanks for the ride.
Two new and official Robbie Robertson sites have been started, at
MySpace and Facebook. Both are
run by Robbie's son Sebastian (who sent us the links today) and looked over by
Robertson himself. Here are some news from the Facebook page:
"Robbie is currently working with Martin Scorsese on the music for his upcoming film
Shutter Island. A fifth solo album is currently in the works."
"This year, in honor of the late great Richard Manuel I recorded a
version of "Too Soon Gone" (with a slightly modified arrangement). Definitely one of my favorite Band songs. I hope you enjoy it."
Best of luck to Levon Helm with the "Ramble On The Road" concerts at
the Beacon Theatre in New York City tonight and tomorrow night. The Beacon
gigs in 2007 and 2008 were incredible, go see this if you can! Looks like
tickets still are available from Ticketmaster.
Neko Case's new album titled
will be released March 3rd. The songs Garth performed on are: "The Pharaohs" - Garth played organ / "Don't Forget Me" - Garth played piano (a Harry Nilsson cover) / "Polar Nettles" - Garth played piano. Listen to these three songs and more at
Van Morrison was interviewed by Don Imus on the Imus in the Morning radio show
this week, talking about his work with The Band. The whole 24-minute interview is
Best wishes for our friend and Band-Levon cohort and fan
Mr Butch Dener, on his 5*th birthday, from us
here at The Band web site. No Beacon gigs for us this year, Butchie,
but we may take the family(!) for an upstate experience later this year
(you "Butch who?"s, go
Our wonderful friend Carol Caffin has done some great research again:
Read her interview with Terry Danko about the previously
unpublished recordings with the Pencils, featuring Richard Manuel, that was
posted on YouTube last week.
John Martyn left us yesterday.
John was a friend of The Band since the Woodstock days in the late '60s, who
recorded two albums with contributions from Levon Helm
No Little Boy from 1993).
May he rest in peace.
Wow. A previously unpublished recording,
"Any Way to Say Goodbye,"
written by Richard Manuel with Richard on lead vocal on the first verse, has just
been posted on
YouTube. This is from the 1980 sessions for an unreleased album by
"Terry Danko, Marty Grebb & Friends" aka "The Pencils."
The album was recorded at the Beach Boy's Studio, "One Step Up" in Van Nuys, CA. The clip is from a cassette-to-CD transfer, as the original masters are lost.
More info about the sessions available on YouTube. Thanks to Tim Wood for the link.
Tickets for Levon Helm's Ramble on the Road gigs in New York City,
at the Beacon Theatre on Broadway, Thursday, March 5th and Friday, March 6th,
are now on
pre-sale from concertmaps.com.
We caught Lee at the Beacon both
in 2007 and 2008, and hope to be over again this
year. These gigs are fantastic and sell out fast, so get your tix now!
More tracks from the sessions with Levon and Garth that produced the 2004
CD The Howlin' Hill Project, have been released under the title
Angels Serenade. Thanks to Peter Viney and the good people in the guestbook
for the information.