Levon Helm – Ramble at the Ryman

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I would give anything to go to Woodstock, New York and see a live Levon Helm Ramble. Helm is a true icon of popular music. Formerly of The Band, one of the most talented and greatest musical bands of all time, Helm is a survivor of heroin addiction and, most recently, throat cancer. He was told that he would never be able to sing again. Fortunately, he recovered and is currently in good health. His voice returned, slightly weaker than what it once was but still nevertheless his instantly recognisable voice, and he recorded the album Dirt Farmer. He followed this up with another great slice of Americana Electric Dirt. Helm is probably most well known for his Rambles. These are live performances at his home in Woodstock where he performs with family and a range of musical guests. Unfortunately, he has not brought his Ramble to the UK but this new DVD release captures a performance that was filmed for American television. It has a good setlist and has Helm in good voice and spirit. May 20 is recognised as Levon Helm Day in America. Long live this true musical legend.

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