Posted in music | tour dates on December 4, 2007

Levon Helm

Levon Helm's new CD sounds like a time capsule. Close your eyes while listening to his first solo studio album in 25 years and try to convince yourself it's not the work of a 1930s-era singer.

Helm, famous for his work with The Band, manages to sound old and new at the same time by returning to his rural roots in Dirt Farmer. Of its 13 songs, five are traditional while the other eight are covers of songs by Steve Earle, A.P. Carter and others. The newer songs mix perfectly with the old, thanks in large part to the production work done by multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell and Amy Helm, Levon's daughter.

Helm would sound great even if he wasn't making his first recording since doctors told him in 1998 that throat cancer would end his singing career. Here, he sounds relaxed and at home with the music he loves. [Associated Press]

The NYC shows are March 7th & 8th. Tickets on sale Friday.

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Comments (5)

I've heard great things about his new album. You gotta love the band.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2007 4:34 PM

New album is great.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2007 4:45 PM

Yes, the new album is great. But here we go again - $100 + service for decent seats.

Posted by edwyn the bear | December 4, 2007 4:54 PM

Can anyone tell me the name of the song Levon sang on Imus' first show? Thanks

Posted by Robert | December 4, 2007 9:23 PM

No, tix start at 60+. Does the Beacon have indecent seats?

Posted by Renee | December 24, 2007 2:27 PM

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