Wednesday, February 10, 2010


It is no secret that I am a big Levon Helm fan. He was one of my favorite artists of the '00s, and his last album, Electric Dirt, was one of my favorite albums of 2009. I think his story is super inspiring, and I'm glad to see him get some much-deserved acclaim lately, including his first two Grammy awards.

His story is so compelling: he started out the decade with his band, The Band, pretty much over following the death of bassist/singer Rick Danko. Levon himself was suffering from throat cancer and was told he may never sing again, and he was running out of money. He started doing his "Midnight Rambles" at his farm as a way to help pay the bills.  A few years later, his rambles are super popular concerts, he tours a bit and plays bigger audiences than he has since the original lineup of The Band toured, and his amazing voice is back.  I imagine all of this will be covered in the upcoming documentary, Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm. I know there's a website, but it doesn't seem to be up yet. There is, however, an official Facebook group.  Join it here.


Kent said...

I think it's worth mentioning that Levon had a lot to do with Until The Frost/Before The Freeze. I didn't think the Black Crowes had another good album in them, but it was great. Some of the songs are downright derivitive of Levon's music, and just the live atmosphere of his space added the right timbre.

Minority said...

Kent, I totally agree. I'm not a huge Black Crowes fan, but I did get the new album (actually Larry gave me his) and I was suprised how much I liked it. I agree, the space they recorded it in - Levon's barn - is like an extra member of the band, and I don't think it would have been as great had it been recorded in a studio.