Archive for Levon Helm

We’ll Miss You Levon

The music world lost a great this week – we’ll miss you Levon Helm – may your backbeat roll on forever. Here’s some vids to enjoy and look back on the musical journey of one of the greats.

The Weight from The Band’s Last Waltz:

Levon and his All Star Band do Up On Cripple Creek in 89:

Levon Helm Band doin’ Tennessee Jed on Letterman in 09:

Levon Helm, ‘When I Go Away’ Studio Track from Dirt Farmer:

Levon Helm Band w/ Bob Weir pickin’ on Deep Elem Blues at GOTV 2011:

Midnight Ramble performance of Ophelia in 2012:

Mountain Jam, 6/4-6/6 – Hunter Mountain

This year’s Mountain Jam may just have been the best one yet. Enjoy these setlists, pics, vids, and downloads below! Also, ALL downloads/streams will be added to this post and to the Download Library (see link on left) as soon as they are available.

The Mule - 6/5/10


Set 1
Stay With Me
New World Blues
World Gone Wild
Time To Confess
The Shape I’m In
Monkey Hill > with She’s So Heavy Ending
Monday Mourning Meltdown
Where Did You Sleep Last Night?
Thorazine Shuffle

Set 2
One Of These Days ->
The Wind Cries Mary
Greasy Granny’s Gopher Gravy (Part 1 & 2) ->
Wishing Well First time Played
Raven Black Night* ->
Gold Dust Woman**

Inside Outside Woman Blues
Any Open Window >
Steppin’ Lightly

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* – w/ Kofi Burbridge
** – w/ Grace Potter

Matt Abts on the Drums! (6/05/10)


Set 1
Railroad Boy ->
Temporary Saint ->
Gameface (w/ 3rd Stone From the Sun, Mountain Jam & Norwegian Wood Teases)
Broke Down On the Brazos
Gordon James
Sad & Deep As You with Kofi Burbridge
Kind Of Bird with Derek Trucks
Blind Man In The Dark

Set 2
The Joker
Frozen Fear ->
D’yer Mak’er ->
Frozen Fear
Rockin’ In The Free World ->
Machine Gun (Instrumental) ->
Rockin’ In The Free World ->
The Spider & The Fly**
Ventilator Blues***
Monkey Man#

Train Kept A Rollin’

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* – w/ Matisyahu
** – w/ Eric Kasno, Ryan Zoidis & Sam Kininger
*** – w/ with Eric Kasno, Ryan Zoidis & Sam Kininger
# – w/ Jackie Greene

Mule w/ Derek Trucks - 6/05/10


Levon's B-Day Cake

Setlist (1 Long Set)
The Shape I’m In
Love Played A Game
Fannie Mae
Bourgeois Blues
Long Black Veil
I Wanna Know
Shakedown Street*
Up On Cripple Creek**
Deep Elem Blues#**
White Dove@
It’s Goodbye and So Long to You@
Sweet Virginia***
Happy Birthday Levon
The Same Thing$
Blind Willie McTell$
Across The Great Divide%
Tears Of Rage
Tennessee Jed
Mardi Gras Day
Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes^
The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show^
Unfaithful Servant+
I’ll Take You There+
King Harvest*
Chest Fever$

Band and Guest Intros
The Weight (All Guests)

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* – w/ Donald Faggan
** – w/ Jerry Douglas
# – w/ Sam Bush
@ – w/ Allison Krauss
*** – w/ Steve Earle and Allison Moorer
$ – w/ Warren Haynes
% – w/ Ray LaMontage
^ – w/ Jackie Greene
+ – w/ Patterson Hood and David Hood

Levon and Friends - 6/06/10

Enjoy selected vids from the weekend in this video playlist:

Mountain Jam Free Webcast/Schedule

Summer festival season keeps rollin’ this weekend after last weekend’s big kick-off and the main event in the Northeast is Warren Haynes’ annual Mountain Jam festival at Hunter Mountain in upstate, NY. If you’re not making it out, you can still catch ALL the action LIVE for FREE (!) over on iClips. Be sure to drop by and spend a little time on the mountain (albeit virtually).


4:00 – Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
5:30 – Dr. Dog
6:45 – The Avett Brothers
8:15 – Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
9:00 – Gov’t Mule
1:00 – Les Claypool

4:15 – Yonder Mountain String Band
5:30 – Toots & The Maytals
6:45 – Dave Mason
7:45 – Drive-By Truckers
9:00 – Gov’t Mule
1:00 – Dark Star Orchestra

2:30 – Michael Franti & Spearhead
4:00 – Matisyahu
5:15 – ALO
6:15 – The Whigs
7:00 – The Bridge
7:30 – Levon Helm & Friends featuring Warren Haynes, Donald Fagen, Ray LaMontagne, Sam Bush, Steve Earle,  Patterson & David Hood, Jackie Greene, Allison Moorer and more!

Summer Festivals Update

Today, Mountain Jam added Levon Helm and friends for a Sunday night performance celebrating his 70th birthday, as well as Drive By Truckers, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Dr. Dog, The New Mastersounds, and more. The current Mountain Jam lineup includes the following artists:


Gov’t Mule (two nights)
Levon Helm & Friends
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band
The Avett Brothers
Les Claypool
Yonder Mountain String Band
Drive-By Truckers
Toots and the Maytals
Dark Star Orchestra
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Dr Dog
Dave Mason
The Whigs
The New Mastersounds
Jay Farrar (of Son Volt)
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
The Duke & The King
Justin Townes Earle
Jerry Joseph & Wally Ingram
The Bridge
Zach Deputy
The Brew
Simone Felice
Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams
Van Ghost
The London Souls
These United States
Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights
Mojo Miles Mancuso
Dean Batstone
Kari Spieler

Mountain Jam VI will be held June 4th-6th, 2010 at Hunter Mountain, NY. Tickets are available here and currently going for $166.50 for a weekend camping pass.

In other summer festival news today, All Good 2010 announced an impressive initial artist lineup that includes Furthur, WSP, Dark Star Orchestra, P-FUNK, The New Deal, and many more. The full initial artist list is as follows:


Widespread Panic
Umphrey’s McGee
Yonder Mountain String Band
Dark Star Orchestra (Thursday Night)
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force
Railroad Earth
The New Deal (Thursday Night)
Perpetual Groove
Fort Knox Five (Thursday Night)
The Macpodz

All Good 2010 will be held July 8th -11th, 2010 at Marvin’s Mountaintop in Masontown, WV. Tickets go on sale this Friday, Feb. 19th at Noon for early an bird price of  $144 for a 4 day camping pass.

Finally, while the Nateva Festival continues to delay their initial artist announcement (they have announced only The Flaming Lips and Derek Trucks/Susan Tedeschi Band thus far), they have confirmed that they will make the announcement this Friday, Feb. 19th. Additionally, the festival sent out a facebook message to its fans saying that they would be handing out flyers announcing their headliners AT the Furthur show this Thursday in Manchester, NH. It seems clear that Furthur will be among the announcements, as has been rumored here and elsewhere on the web. Other rumored acts include The Allman Brothers Band, Trey Anastasio Band, and Umphrey’s Mcgee.

The inaugural Nateva Festival will take place July 2nd-4th, 2010 in Oxford, ME. Tickets are on-sale now for an early-bird price of $199 (3 day camping pass).

Gathering of the Vibes – Levon and Bobby Go Big

Welcome To Now is back from the Vibes with smiles on our faces, mud caked on our shoes, and sunshine daydreams still firing through our synapses. What a fantastic weekend – it dosen’t getter much better than that. The highlight of the weekend imho was the back-to-back performances of Levon Helm Band and Ratdog on Saturday night on the main stage. The rain had left, clouds had parted, and the stage was set for a magical evening of music.

GOTV 2009 Main Stage

GOTV 2009 Main Stage

Levon Helm Band started off and played an eclectic and upbeat set with Larry Campbell and wife Teresa leading most of the vocal efforts along with Levon’s daughter Amy. Levon was on medical orders not to sing but the band was smiles all around and really seemed to be throwing down, Levon included. The set started off with The Band classic ‘The Shape I’m In’ – a fitting opener for day 3 of a rain, mud, and heat filled festival. The band then dropped into a few newer selections before giving a nod to Dylan with a nicely re-worked rendition of ‘Simple Twist of Fate’. Teresa then took over a beautiful cover of ‘Long Black Veil’.

Levon Helm Band - 7/25/09

Levon Helm Band - 7/25/09

That’s when things really heated up – Larry delivered a smoking ‘Deep Elem Blues’ to set the stage for Levon welcoming out Bobby for a perfect 1-2 punch of ‘Attics of my Life’ and ‘Tennessee Jed’. Bobby really clicked with the band on both tunes delivering a surprisingly well done harmony part on the ‘Attics’ and doing a stand-up job of leading the band through a fun version of ‘Tennessee Jed’. All in all, quite a treat – the kind of moment that reminds you why festivals like GOTV are so special.

Levon w/ Bobby - Tennessee Jed

Levon w/ Bobby - Tennessee Jed

After saying farewell to Bobby, the Band kept charging through the rest of the set and finished things off with two of my favorite Band songs – the soulful ‘It Makes No Difference’ followed by the rock anthem ‘Chest Fever’. To close things out on an even higher note, Bobby re-emerged for a picture perfect rendition of ‘The Weight’ complete with crowd singalong.

Levon Helm - 7/25/09

Levon Helm - 7/25/09

Levon Helm Band
Gathering of the Vibes
Bridgeport, CT

Shape I’m In
Love Played A Game
Crazy ‘Bout My Baby
Simple Twist Of Fate
Long Black Veil
Before I Get Too Old
Did You Love Me
Deep Elem Blues
Attics Of My Life (Amy Helm, Teresa Williams, and Larry Campbell w/ Bob Weir)^
Tennessee Jed (full band, Bob lead vocal)^
All On A Mardi Gras Day
It Makes No Difference
Chest Fever

The Weight^

^ – w/Bob Weir

Levon Helm Set – 256 mp3 Download

Levon Helm Set – Torrent Download (Flac Files)

Ratdog - 7/25/09

Ratdog - 7/25/09

Bobby and Ratdog were up next and the band came out firing on all cylinders. There were many complaints about Bobby as the choice for the headliner slot (from myself included) but it seems Bobby has gotten the message about the slow playing and flubbed lyrics – at least for the evening. Hands down, this was the best showing from Bobby I’ve seen in years. The band started out with the rarely played ‘Festival’ which set the mood and eventually segued into a smoking ‘Jack Straw’ complete with glow stick war and rocking jam section. After cooling things down with a soothing ‘Lazy River Road’, the band kept things rocking with a surprisingly upbeat ‘Bird Song’ that led into a fun ‘Bertha’. The band was just in the zone nailing seamless segues between numbers like it was their job.

Ratdog w/ Donna - 7/25/09

Ratdog w/ Donna - 7/25/09

The band then dove deep into their cover repertoire with a memorizing sequence of Silvio (Bob Dylan)> Tequila(Danny Flores)> Silvio> Tequila> Silvio. This sequence eventually gave way to the pleasant sounds of the ‘Scarlet Begonias’ intro vamp and out from side stage emerged Donna Jean Godchaux for an upbeat deadhead singalong galore. After Scarlet, the band launched into the closing and most intense part of the evening, finishing things off with Ashes and Glass> Iko Iko> Stuff> Days Between> Bird Song. Bobby really did ‘Days Between’ justice and channeled his love for Jerry along with the rest of the crowd – a truly special moment. Sandwiching this bust out between straight fire takes on Iko’ and ‘Bird Song’ (reprise) was just what the doctor ordered.

Ratdog - Iko Iko - 7/25/09

Ratdog - Iko Iko - 7/25/09

It wouldn’t be a Saturday Night with Bobby if he didn’t hit you with his classic ‘One More Saturday Night’ romp and tonight was no exception. The band welcomed Donna back out for a set closing rendition that just flat out rocked. After a quick break, the band launched into a beautiful though expected ‘Ripple’ encore (see Mountain Jam 2008). All in all, a great way to close out a truly, truly magical evening. To all you Bobby haters out there, remember: Bobby fans are people too!

Gathering Of The Vibes
Bridgeport, CT

Jam >
Festival >
Jack Straw
Lazy River Road,
Bird Song >
Silvio >
Tequila >
Silvio >
Tequila >
Silvio >
Scarlet Begonias*
Ashes and Glass >
Iko Iko >
Stuff >
Days Between >
Bird Song
One More Saturday Night*

E: Ripple*

*-with Donna Jean Godchaux

Previous ”Festival” 8/24/2006 [175 shows]

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Long live the Grateful Dead and long live Vibe Tribe!

Levon Helm’s Dead

Levon Helm is in fact not dead, the man is alive and kicking and fresh off the release of his new album ‘Electric Dirt’ featuring a soulful cover of the Grateful Dead’s classic ‘Tennessee Jed’. Levon’s band is led by himself on drums and vocals and Larry ‘The Master’ Campbell  on lead guitar and backup vocals – a fantastic duo if I ever saw one.

Check out this video of Levon and his Band performing Tennessee Jed on the Letterman show: