Sunday, March 16, 2014

Delta’s Handpicked Tribute to Levon Helm “Ramble at The Ryman”, “Dirt Farmer”, and more. Tonight at 7PM CDT

 Mark Lavon "Levon" Helm (May 26, 1940 – April 19, 2012) was an American rock musician and actor who achieved fame as the drummer and frequent lead and backing vocalist for The Band.  Helm was known for his deeply soulful, country-accented voice,  multi-instrumental ability,  and creative drumming style highlighted on many of The Band's recordings, such as "The Weight",  "Up on Cripple Creek", and  "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down".  He also had a successful career as an actor, appearing in such films as Coal Miner's Daughter and The Right Stuff.

On September 17, 2008, the legendary Levon Helm took his beloved Midnight Ramble on the road to one of America’s treasured venues, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.  Accompanied by such luminaries as Buddy Miller, John Hiatt, Sheryl Crow, George Receli, Sam Bush and Billy Bob Thornton, the Levon Helm Band created an unforgettable night of stage magic.

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In 2010,  Electric Dirt,  his 2009 follow-up to Dirt Farmer,  won the first Grammy Award for Best Americana Album,  a category inaugurated in 2010.  His live album Ramble at the Ryman  was  the Grammy Winner for Best Americana Album 2011.

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