Posts Tagged Levon Helm
It is hard to pick my favorite moment from the Americana Music Festival 2012, which recently aired on PBS (and can still be viewed here).
The festival was hosted by Jim Lauderdale (who also performed with Buddy Miller). Around the 30-minute mark Guy Clark captures your attention/breaks your heart with a tune dedicated to his late wife and creative collaborator Susana Clark (who died earlier this year). While Bonnie Raitt made Crazy Thing Called Love a hit, I have always considered it a John Hiatt song–so I was pleased as punch to see the two of them perform the song together. The best was saved for last, when all the performers joined together on The Weight, in tribute to the late Levon Helm.
“Even when his voice struggled, his drumming continued, and he could outplay anybody. He was truly a force of nature, and also a visionary thinker in terms of how to create sustainability for the working musician.”
–Amy Helm (in a short Rolling Stone piece about the resumption of the Ramble and her father, drummer Levon Helm)
Flags will be lowered across the state Friday in honor of Arkansas native and celebrated musician Levon Helm…
Then there’s the A.P. reporter Mary Esch covered the wake, which included the following quote from Al Caron:
He was an icon, but also the guy next door…
Today, Levon Helm’s daughter and wife (Amy and Sandy) posted the following message on his website:
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.
To celebrate him as he is still with us, I share a couple of things.