The Band Web Site
News and Updates 2010
- New Garth Hudson interview
from Toro Magazine.
- From Robbie Robertson's Facebook page:
- "Quite a few comments/questions are being posted about Robbie's new album. As soon as I have some concrete info I'll be sure and let you all know but I think it's safe to say that SPRING 2011 will be the release..."
- "Want to write an album review? On
Robbie's new website you can click on the "music" tab, select albums and at the bottom of the page you can write your own custom review."
- You want to see and hear this:
"The Man Behind The Drums" -- Robert Earl Keen's homage to Levon and the Midnight Ramble from Austin City Limits.
Thanks for sending us the link Stu, hope to see y'all again some time soon,
after this smoke has cleared.
- "Kids Need Music: The Levon Helm Band Rocks for Ulster County School Arts" -- read Kay Cordtz' wonderful article from rollmagazine.com. Lovely
photos too, that bottom one in particular...
- Garth Hudson appears on a couple of new releases:
- From Robbie Robertson's Facebook page:
"The mixing of Robbie's new album is finished and we will master it soon. Stay tuned for more info about release dates etc."
- He-hey! October 30, 2010, at Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock, NY:
"The Nightmare on Helm Street Ramble" with The Levon Helm Band
and (drum roll) Jesse Winchester! Sold out, we're afraid...
- "To say that Jeff Newsom is the best harp player you've never heard is not an exaggeration...." -- read the rest of Peter Stone Brown's review of The Henhouse Tapes, then go
buy the CD.
- "A Fool's Paradise" -- Facebook video with Rick's brother Terry Danko.
- You want to read this:
"Small Town Talk with Carol Caffin, publicist and close friend of the late Rick Danko of the Band".
- 75 years ago, an angel came to this planet. She became my mother. Happy Birthday, and may there be many more.
- October 2010 article from Rolling Stone: "Live Report: Levon Helm With My Morning Jacket". Thanks to Tim Wood for the link.
- From The Band's and Dylan's photographer Elliott Landy:
An Exhibition of Elliott Landy's Sixties Music Photographs
at the The Montreal Jazz Festival's Galerie Lounge TD
October 14 to December 24, 2010
Prints may be purchased from the Gallery
There will be over 65 prints on display, some of which have never been shown before.
Also, on display for the first time will be Looped, a video projection of Impressionist Renderings made with Woodstock Festival and Jimi Hendrix images. Elliott created these with an application he designed and they spectacular arecolorized superimpositions, randomly generated which will blow your mind or, at least, expand it a bit.
Read The Montreal Gazette article about the show.
- Happy Birthday Maud Hudson!
- We've got a few scans of old articles that need to be typed in for inclusion at this web site.
Volunteers please e-mail us. Thanks.
- Some news fished out of our own guestbook:
- News from levonhelm.com:
- The upcoming documentary Tears of Rage: The Story of Richard Manuel will be released in March 2011,
25 years after Richard sadly passed away.
waterstreetfilms.com for more info.
- There's a new Basement Tapes bootleg out there:
Rhyme Beyond Reason, credited to
"Robert Allyn & The Crackers". Thanks to Peter Viney for scans and details.
- The absolutely great Chris Bergson Band, a regular at Levon Helm's Midnight
Rambles, are touring Europe in August and September! Check out
chrisbergson.com for tour dates and more info.
- From Bob Broughton:
"Saw the Levon Helm Band in Vancouver last night. Elvis Costello was the
guest. He nailed 'Tears of Rage' and shared vocals with Larry Campbell
on 'Chest Fever'.
Good show overall. 'Chest Fever' was the highlight; Campbell played the
'organ solo' on guitar."
- Here's a Rolling Stone review of the Levon Helm Band at the Newport Folk Fest.
Link provided by Jonathan Katz, who says:
"I saw Levon and company at Wolf Trap about a week ago. They were great and the Washington Post review was ridiculous!"
It's Garth Hudson's birthday
today! We send our best wishes to Garth and Maud.
- Fred Carter, Jr., who played with the Hawks in the '60s, produced two of
Levon Helm's solo albums and joined the reunited Band for a short period
in the late '80s, died Saturday, July 17. He was 76 years old. See also this
obituary from theBoot.
sitting in with
JACOB DYLAN and THREE LEGS
The Erin Hobson Compact
FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2010
291 Tinker Street (Route 212)
Woodstock, NY 12498
This is to celebrate the release of Jakob's new CD titled WOMEN AND COUNTRY:
- "Levon Helm shines in Toronto" -- review of
Tuesday's concert at the Massey Hall.
- From Facebook
"Robbie Robertson will be finishing up the mixing and mastering of the new album in July."
- This year's 25 song and album selections by the
Librarian of Congress for preservation in the National Recording
Registry include The Band's self-titled album! See this
Variety article for more info.
- Garth Hudson plays on the new album
A from Jimmy Goodman's
A Viberatto project.
- From Garth Hudson's web site:
- Garth & Maud will be joining the Ronnie Hawkins All-Star Jam on Thursday, August 12, 2010 ... Also performing : Colin Linden, The Sadies, John Till, B.W. Pawley & Plum Loco, and more ... Venue: Dog's Nest at Dover, Friday the 13th Bike Rally in Port Dover, Ontario, Canada.Tickets are on sale now: www.dogsnest.ca.
- Garth & Maud have been invited to participate in the Roots Rock Rendezvous with Joe Flood on Friday, July 30, 2010 at "The Kate," 300 Main Street, Old Saybrook, Connecticut. This is to celebrate the release of Joe's new CD titled New Kind of Blue with an all-star ensemble featuring Garth Hudson of The Band, guitarist/producer Eric “Roscoe” Ambel (Steve Earle, Nils Lofgren), bassist Mark Dann (everyone who’s anyone in folk music!), Marshall Crenshaw drummer Diego Voglino, and a guest appearance by vocalist Maud Hudson (Albert Collins, The Band). The Kate: www.katharinehepburntheater.org.
- Facebook Player for Levon Helm.
- From Nick Hibberd:
"Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood are performing
an amazing version on 'The Shape I'm In' on their current European tour
(so far 1 night in Birmingham &
2 in London, which I witnessed).
There are some shaky
videos on YouTube, and fan reviews on
- The Americana Music Association has nominated Levon Helm for the 2010 Artist of The Year. Other nominees are Ryan Bingham, Patty Griffin, Steve Earle and Ray Wylie Hubbard.
- We kind of like this one:
"Getting to Know Rick Danko (Through Notebook Doodles) "
- Mountain Jam VI:
Mountain Jam returns to New York's Hunter Mountain from Friday, June
4th -- Sunday, June 6th, 2010. Featuring performances by Gov't Mule,
Levon Helm & Friends 70th Birthday Jubilee with very special
guests (including: Warren Haynes, Ray LaMontagne, Steve Earle,
Patterson & David Hood, Jackie Greene, Allison Moorer, Donald Fagen of
Steely Dan and more T.B.A.), Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring
Jerry Douglas, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Derek Trucks & Susan
Tedeschi Band, The Avett Brothers, Les Claypool, Yonder Mountain
String Band, Drive-By Truckers, Matisyahu, Toots and the Maytals, Dark
Star Orchestra, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Dr. Dog and
more. Don't Miss 40+ bands on 4 stages.
Legendary drummer for The Band and longtime local Woodstock resident
Levon Helm will celebrate his 70th Birthday by closing Mountain Jam on
Sunday, June 6th with a little help from a few well-known
friends. Billed as Levon Helm & friends, the performance will feature a number of
world class guests.
- Robbie Robertson's new song "How To Become Clairvoyant", written for his upcoming solo album and used in season 2 of HBO series
True Blood, is available on a soon-to-be-released
True Blood soundtrack album.
- Garth Hudson can be heard on brilliant new album
The Foundling from Mary Gauthier.
- Robbie Robertson is writing a song for the new season of HBO TV series
True Blood, according to this
April 2010 article from the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Thanks to Tom Wilk for the link.
- Blues harp player and vocalist Chris O'Leary, lead singer for Levon Helm and The Barnburners for seven years, is now fronting the brilliant
Chris O'Leary Band. They have a
new CD out and the release party is tomorrow, Saturday May 1st, at
The Towne Crier Cafe in Pawling, NY. Show starts 8:30, Tickets are $15/
- From levonhelm.com:
Limited Benefit Drawing!!
AN AUTOGRAPHED YAMAHA RECORDING CUSTOM 20th ANNIVERSARY
4 PIECE DRUM SET OWNED AND PLAYED BY LEVON HELM DURING THE 1990'S.
Proceeds will go to Richie Hayward, drummer for the band Little Feat who was recently diagnosed with liver cancer.
We are issuing only 500 tickets at $250.00ea.
This drum kit is in excellent condition and comes with
Hardware, Stands and Cases.
AUTOGRAPHED BY LEVON HELM!!
Click here for details...
- The Levon Helm Band is touring the US and Canada in 2010,
schedule and tickets
available from levonhelm.com. And, Levon is singing again!
Check out these great reviews of their latest gig in
- As this web site, with it's stubborn '90s format and a retiring and
is slowly fading out of action and into the relics museum, it is good to
see people like Carol keeping the flame burning. Check out her
Rick Danko site for some pretty good stuff that's been
"Terry' Danko's new collection of songs, Portrait: Outside Looking In, is a very stark, introspective, honest, totally unselfconscious compilation. It is unlike anything he's done in the past -- this music is the product of someone who has been through things, who's experienced slings and arrows. The songs are bare-bones in the best way -- no layers, no fluff, no complex production. Just Terry, his songs, and his guitar. We'll be sending some more in the coming weeks and months. Enjoy."
-- Carol Caffin
- A new documentary titled
Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm will have it's world premiere at
South by Southwest (SXSW)
music, film, and interactive conference in Austin, TX, in March. See the
SXSW web for details.
Congratulations to Levon Helm for winning his second consecutive Grammy, for
Electric Dirt, in the category of
Best Americana Album of 2009! Levon received the recording industry's highest honor at the 52nd Grammy Awards. The other nominees
in this category were
- Press release from Garth and Maud Hudson yesterday:
GARTH and MAUD HUDSON at the SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL!
Garth and Maud are on their way to the Sundance Film Festival right now.
Oasis Entertainment has invited them to perform this Sunday evening, January 24th (time 10pm) at The Sundance Film Festival as part of the "Synchronize Concert Series" in support of
Soliya at Crown on Main in Park City, Utah.
Please RSVP while there are still tickets.
Watch and listen LIVE too at
(webcast is free, but you must register to use it).
- Sad news at the beginning of the new decade:
R.I.P. Maurice Danko Jr.
Rick Danko's brother, Maurice Danko Junior, 69, of R.R. 6, Simcoe, Ontario, passed away 19 Jan 2010. He is survived by his wife and best friend for 49 years, Joyce Howick, their children Lori, Maurie and Sue, three grandchildren, and brothers Dennis and Terry. Junior was predeceased by his parents Maurice Senior("Tom") and Leola, and his brother Rick. Cremation has taken place.
From Carol Caffin's Rick Danko tribute site:
Rick Danko: Artist Without a Genre
I've always found it interesting that The Band was--and is--referred to as a "rock group." Actually, I haven't always found it interesting--I sometimes catch myself referring to them that way, even now. Old habits die hard, but the truth is, The Band was not a rock group. And Rick Danko was not a rock artist.
The Band was much more complex, subtle--and pure--than rock and roll. And though, when I was younger, long before I ever knew him, I had thought of Rick as a "rock star," I realized quickly after I met him just how ill-fitting that moniker was.
First of all, Rick was a country boy--born and raised in the country, and with a country mentality and a country sensibility. Second, the music he grew up loving--really loving--was country music. Later, Rick developed a love for the blues and, still later, R&B, but, by the time rock and roll was considered a genre, Rick was a teenager. His formative years were spent listening to country radio stations and daydreaming about the Grand Ol Opry. And his first instrument was not a guitar, but a four-string tenor banjo; not your typical rock-star axe.
So, while early rock and roll did affect him and influence him to an extent, it was by no means his driving musical force. And, like many other elements of his life and his career, his musical persona was rife with contradiction, a study in contrast. On the one hand, there was this backwoods bumpkin singing Burl Ives campfire singalongs on a tiny lonesome stage, and on the other, there was this ultra-cool longhaired rebel with sunglasses and a cigarette and black leather boots helping Dylan set the music world on fire by going electric.
The dichotomy helped define Rick and his music over the years, yet, at the same time, kept him from being pigeonholed. It also kept him from becoming a "household name"--but it's just as well. That's the way God, or fate, or the cards, or the universe intended it.
It's why The Band was a nightmare from a promotional and marketing perspective, and why they endure and mystify decades after so many of their contemporaries have fallen by the wayside. It's why "Somebody to Love" sounds dated and "Long Black Veil" seems timeless, why a great song like "A Whiter Shade of Pale" sounds like a 60s song, while a great song of the same era, "The Weight," sounds at once brand-new and eternal. It's why Rick could yodel while wearing a pink shirt and a gambler's hat on The Ed Sullivan Show while his cohorts were blowing out amps and wearing Nehru jackets and love beads. It's why he could sing "Lucky Old Sun" to a beer-drinking crowd and nobody laughed, and why he could sing "It Makes No Difference" to the same crowd and everybody cried.
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