February 11, 2013 |
This year's Grammys were all about pushing authenticity, and how often that's just another kind of performance. But from the audience, two moments underlined the difference between sincerity as a kind of fashion statement, and when it's the real thing. Just before the Denver folk-revival trio the Lumineers went on to play their chart-busting but cloying single “Ho Hey,” a production assistant felt a bit nervous about the crowd's potential response. “OK, everyone,” he said.
May 3, 2012
One of the last studio recordings by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Levon Helm was also one of the closest to his heart. Helm, his longtime friend and producer Larry Campbell and a crew of musicians and technicians recorded the rhythm track for the new Amnesty International 50th anniversary commemorative song "Toast to Freedom" last summer and helped recruit Ewan McGregor, Kris Kristofferson, Warren Haynes, Keb Mo, Carly Simon, Taj Mahal, Marianne...
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April 20, 2012 |
Levon Helm is most widely known for the songs he sang that found their way onto the pop charts during his long tenure as drummer and singer for the Band: "Up On Cripple Creek," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and "Don't Do It," earthy and infectious conglomerations of gospel, country, blues, folk and rock music. But the one that might crystallize his approach to music throughout his life was "The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show," an ode to the kind of freewheeling gatherings in which the musician, who died of cancer Thursday at 71 in New York, thoroughly reveled.
April 18, 2012
The Band singer and drummer Levon Helm is in the final stages of cancer, according to a note posted on his website Tuesday by his wife, Sandy, and daughter, Amy. "Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey," the note said. "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!
February 17, 2008
I enjoyed Paul Lieberman's article on Levon Helm ["Levon Helm Is Still Ready for the Load," Feb. 10] as I sat in sunny West Virginia waiting to see the Grammy Awards. I certainly hope he wins in the traditional folk category. I think one reason I hope he wins is because my husband, Tracy Schwarz, wrote the lead song, "Poor Old Dirt Farmer," back in the '60s as he was plowing his dry, dusty fields in south-central Pennsylvania. It is not "traditional," as stated on Levon's CD.
February 17, 2008
I would like to start this by congratulating Levon Helm on his Grammy win for "Dirt Farmer." It's nice to see him in his element again ["Levon Helm Is Still Ready for the Load," Feb. 10]. That being said, I am sick of having Levon Helm's stale bitterness chronicled. The sensationalizing of his wild allegations that my father, Robbie Robertson, "hogged" songwriting credit [in the Band] is reprehensible. I realize that only those five guys will know what went on between them, but I am stunned that nobody has bothered to state the obvious.