Robbie Robertson's son Sebastian is currently working on
a children's book about Robbie with illustrator Adam Gustavson.
Rock and Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story, the book
will come out on
Christy Ottaviano Books in the fall of 2013.
Here are links to more info. about the project, sent to us
from Tom Wilk:
Garth Hudson on YouTube:
"Genetic Method/Chest Fever".
This is from the
"Love for Levon" concert in October, where Garth made a few
appearances, to the biggest ovations of the night --
a fitting tribute to the only original member of the group on the bill.
More Jim Weider gigs for December and January have been announced at
From Levon Helm Studios:
New Ramble date
December 8, 2012
Special Midnight Ramble!
Joe Russo (of Furthur) will be guesting with the
Midnight Ramble Band performing tunes of
The Grateful Dead
Dirt Farmer Band
Midnight Ramble Band
More updates from our friend Tom Wilk:
PBS aired an episode of their documentary series American Masters last week, titled
"Inventing David Geffen" (the founder of Asylum Records and entertainment mogul).
Robbie Robertson was interviewed for the program,
discussing a trip to Paris that he and
his wife, Dominique, took with Geffen and Joni Mitchell. The trip
inspired Joni's song "Free Man in Paris." A video clip with Robbie from
"Inventing David Geffen" is available from pbs.org.
Saturday Nov 3, 2012
THE STONE HOUSE MUSIC CLUB presents Tribute Concert to Levon Helm & Rick Danko - Music Of The Band
Professor Louie & The Crowmatix
w/The Rock Of Ages Horns Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ
Tickets & Info: 201.503.1332 or
Details: Jimmy Vivino (Conan,The Fab Faux) and Garth Hudson (The Band,The
Last Waltz) are celebrating The Last Waltz 36th Anniversary at Keswick
Theatre on Thanksgiving weekend! They will present SONGS of THE BAND from
the first four albums and The Basement Tapes with members of The Band,
Levon Helm Band (Midnight Ramble Band), and Dirt Farmer Band: Jim Weider,
Randy Ciarlante and Byron Isaacs.
Jimmy Weider says: "The songs of The Band need to be played and heard and Garth
Hudson needs to be seen to be believed! He's a legend, a gentleman and a
Jimmy Vivino and Garth Hudson are having a great time! Mr. Hudson turned
75 this year and celebrations are following him around the globe! It was
50 years ago this year that Garth became a founding member of The Band
that developed into a deep eternal brotherhood that continues to evolve
through all of us. Mr. Hudson also lost a dear friend, Bandmate Levon Helm
this year, the last of the three voices in The Band, the great
storyteller, and drummer par excellence. We are here to witness and
celebrate the flow of the blood from the past into the future.
"The music of The Band must pass through you into the future. Be a witness
Keep buying tickets to 'Keep It Goin' at the barn, the farm and
Philabundance! On behalf of Mr. Jimmy Vivino, Mr. Jim Weider, Mr. Randy
Ciarlante, Mr. Byron Isaacs, Sister Maud Hudson and myself, Thank you and
Keswick Theatre from the bottom of our hearts!" --Garth Hudson
A portion of the proceeds benefit Philabundance and Levon Helms "Keep it
Levon Helm to Be Celebrated with "Love for Levon" on October 3, 2012:
Benefit concert will feature a star-studded lineup including John
Mayer, My Morning Jacket, Ray Lamontagne, Eric Church, Gregg Allman,
Dierks Bentley, Marc Cohn, Patty Griffin, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt,
Bruce Hornsby, Jorma Kaukonen, The Levon Helm Band, Robert Randolph,
Mavis Staples, Joe Walsh, Lucinda Williams and more legendary surprise
guests to be announced... read more at levonhelm.com
Legendary photographer Elliott Landy (Woodstock, The Band, Dylan,
Janis, Hendrix ++) will be appearing onstagetoday, August 16th
at the Norton Museum in Palm Beach Florida at 6:30PM, prior to a
concert. Elliott will be interviewed about the 1969 Woodstock Festival and the
Sixties music culture.
article/interview with Elliott about this event appeared in the
Palm Beach Daily News.
See also the press release from the Norton Museum for more info.
"For the past couple of months, I've had the amazing honor of spending
time with rock legend Garth Hudson of The Band. I'm so happy to
present this new article: A concert review, interview, and celebration
of Garth's 75th birthday. Thank you so much to Garth & Maud Hudson for
everything!" --Adam Betley
"Special Friday event! August 10, 2012 - Jimmy Vivino presents The Band Songs - A Celebration of Richard, Rick, and Levon - Special guest Garth Hudson - with cohorts Jim Weider, Randy Ciarlante, and Byron Isaacs - Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock, NY - Tickets go on sale soon! Garth Hudson with Jimmy Vivino on Friday the 10th and/or Lucinda Williams with Larry Campbell on Saturday the 11th."
Two handsome guys on the cover of Scene magazine ("London's largest well-read newspaper"). Nice article about Garth, too.
Check this out:
Jim Weider (The Band) & Andy Powell (Wishbone Ash)
Blues Rock Master Class, Bethel, CT, July 1, 2012.
Norwegian journalist and musicologist Tom Skjeklesæther has
sent us this information from rootsy.no
about Garth Hudson appearing at the
Peace and Love Festival
in Borlänge, Sweden
on Saturday June 30, 2012 (Google-translated from Swedish, but you get the drift...):
Tribute To The Band - featuring Garth Hudson and Deadman with guests
On April 19 came the news music lovers around the world feared, but still waiting for. Levon Helm, one of music history's greatest profiles and best-loved singers and musicians had left us after a long battle with cancer. In The Band, he created rock music that can not be done again. It was innovative and brilliant, yet always most animated and utterly timeless.
Levon Helm was the drummer of The Band's three singers Bands. He became the third of the band members who left us too soon. Before Levon has Rick Danko and Richard Manuel said goodbye and leaving only two members, Garth Hudson and Robbie Robertson.
Just days after Levons death met representatives of the Peace & Love and the little music company Rootsy on a mountaintop in Dalarna to discuss possible collaborations. What we came to talk about was, of course, The Band and Levon Helm. It is often where you meet if you love music. During that conversation the idea to celebrate the music and make it big.
Later in the evening makes Texas band Deadman further than the splendid The Band-inspired concerts and suddenly it becomes clear. We invite The Band's keyboardist Garth Hudson to do a tribute concert in conjunction with Deadman and various special guests who may interpret The Band's tunes.
Garth Hudson comes to Europe specifically for this show. He is one of rock history's true mysteries, and is considered as that of The Band, who lifted the music to the next level. The level of other bands dream of achieving. Garth was Levons closest friend and neighbor in Woodstock until the end. Both Danko and Manuel also stood near Garth and missing is still great. It is the longing that makes us the chance to present this exclusive tribute. A celebration of what we call "When The Music Is Not Forgotten."
Looks like we'll be heading for Borlänge in Sweden next month. Garth Hudson seem to be scheduled to play at
the Peace and Love Festival there with
on Saturday June 30, 2012. Also, there are rumors about a tribute to The
Band concert at the festival, involving quite a few big names...
"We all feel the need to be together so we decided to host a show in honor of Levon's birthday on Saturday, May 26th at 8 p.m. at 'the barn'. We hope you'll join us. The detailed information and opportunity to purchase tickets will be on
tickets will go on sale at our website at noon tomorrow (Sunday)."
"Levon's friends & fans are invited to pay their final respects on
Thursday, April 26, 2012 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at
his home/studio in Woodstock. Personal vehicles will not be
permitted at the studio, however. Parking will be available at 3
locations in Woodstock: The Woodstock Playhouse 103 Mill Hill
Road, Woodstock, Cucina Woodstock, 109 Mill Hill Road and Andy Lee
Field, Rock City Road, Woodstock. Buses will run
continuously between 10 and 3 from Andy Lee Field and from The
Thank you, all, for your kindness and respect for privacy during
this very emotional time."
We're sorry to report that The Band web site went off-line at 5am this morning, due to an overloaded server and a worn-out webmaster.
We'll be restoring it over the next hours and
will also do some much-needed cleaning-up in the
"Last week I was shocked and so saddened to hear that my old band mate, Levon, was in the final stages of his battle with cancer. It hit me really hard because I thought he had beaten throat cancer and had no idea that he was this ill. I spoke with his family and made arrangements to go and see him.
On Sunday I went to New York and visited him in the hospital. I sat with Levon for a good while, and thought of the incredible and beautiful times we had together. It was heartwarming to be greeted by his lovely daughter Amy, whom I have known since she was born. Amy's mother, Libby Titus, and her husband, Donald Fagen, were so kind to help walk me through this terrible time of sadness. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Sandy.
Levon is one of the most extraordinary talented people I've ever known and very much like an older brother to me. I am so grateful I got to see him one last time and will miss him and love him forever."
Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey.
Thank you fans and music lovers who have made his life so filled with joy and celebration... he has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat, and make the people dance! He did it every time he took the stage...
We appreciate all the love and support and concern.
From his daughter Amy, and wife Sandy
We just nominated Rick Danko, Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel
to be Canada's Walk of
Fame inductees. You can nominate at
Some info. from our friend (and Dutch bass maestro) Harm van Sleen:
On the rather inexpensive 67-track iTunes version of
A Musical History, the tracklisting is quite different, disc 1 and the DVD are completely absent, and also tracks with Dylan and others are omitted, but it includes a previously unissued(?) live version of "I Shall Be Released."
26 years ago, on March 4th 1986, we lost the great Richard Manuel. Too soon gone.
Great offer from levonhelm.com:
"Three In A Row CD combo" -- get all three of Levon Helm's Grammy winning CDs: Dirt Farmer, Best Traditional Folk Album 2007;
Electric Dirt, Best Americana Album 2009;
Ramble At The Ryman, Best Americana Album 2011.
Posted by Levon Helm's manager Barbara O'Brien on Facebook:
Levon received A+ "rating" from Doctors yesterday! Woo-hoo! He'll be back in action at the March 10th Ramble.
Two new albums with appearances from Garth and Maud Hudson:
"Levon will be undergoing a medical procedure that will necessitate his absence from the February 11th, 18th and 25th Rambles. We wish him the best and we know he will have a speedy recovery. We'll continue with the normal Ramble schedule with special guests joining the band. Those guests will be announced shortly."
Best of luck from us at The Band web site to Levon Helm, hope to see you again at a Ramble in 2012.