Helms "Rambles at the Ryman"
Monday, January 31, 2011
– On Sept. 17, 2008, Levon Helm took his beloved Midnight Ramble on the road to the Ryman Auditorium. Accompanied by Buddy Miller, John Hiatt, Sheryl Crow, Sam Bush and Billy Bob Thornton, the Levon Helm Band's show that night will be available May 3 as "Ramble at the Ryman" in CD and DVD.
This collection features the Levon Helm Band performing songs from Helm's tenure with The Band, his Grammy winning release "Dirt Farmer" and selections from artists such as Chuck Berry and the Carter Family.
The band for the show also included Larry Campbell, Amy Helm, Teresa Williams, Brian Mitchell, Erik Lawrence, Clark Gayton, Jay Collins, Steven Bernstein, Paul Ossola, Tony Leone and Sammy Davis.
The Levon Helm Band continues to play to sold out crowds at his weekly 'Midnight Ramble' concerts in his hometown of Woodstock, N.Y.
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