Tuesday, September 29, 2009
– Levon Helm, who released his second solo album, "Electric Dirt" in June, was ordered to remain on vocal rest following removal of a lesion on his vocal chords.
A biopsy was done and revealed the lesion was not cancerous, according to his label's publicist. "Levon has been placed on strict vocal rest in order for him to heal," according to a label publicist. "The good news is that Levon WILL sing again following vigorous work with his vocal coach and the support of his family, friends and the incredible loyalty of his dedicated fans!"
Helm lost his voice earlier this summer while on tour. Doctors discovered a lesion on his vocal cords and attributed it to acid reflux. The lesion was then removed via laser.
Helm has continued touring. He and his band members, Larry Campbell, Jim Weider, Amy Helm, Teresa Williams, Brian Mitchell, Erik Lawrence, Howard Johnson, Clark Gayton, Jay Collins, Byron Isaacs and Steven Bernstein continue to perform at his weekly 'midnight ramble concerts. The band continues on their various tour stops including this week's performance at the Austin City Limits Festival on Oct. 3.
Helm and Larry Campbell recently taped a performance on Elvis Costello's Spectacle show, which will air on the Sundance Channel in January. On Oct. 9, he will be performing on Don Imus' new show on the Fox Business Network.