Helm donates sales to Americana group
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
– Levon Helm will donate a portion of the "Ramble at the Ryman" CD and DVD proceeds to the Americana Music Association.
"They are one of the few outfits that supports great music" said Helm, "we gotta help 'em." Helm is the first artist to donate the shares of cd and dvd sales to the AMA. He was also the first to perform a concert with the intent to raise funds for Americana at his now Ramble at the Ryman in 2007.
On Sept. 17, 2008, Helm kicked off the Americana Music Festival and Conference bringing his Midnight Ramble on the road to one of America's treasured venues, Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Accompanied by Buddy Miller, John Hiatt, Sheryl Crow, George Receli, Sam Bush and Billy Bob Thornton, the Levon Helm Band play material from The Band and Helm.
The CD came out on Tuesday.
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