Friday, April 20, 2012

Musical Interlude with The Band: "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"

In loving memory of a truly great American musician and vocalist, and son of the South:

Levon Helm (May 26, 1940 - April 19, 2012)

Recorded on November 25, 1976 at The Band's last concert with their original lineup, Levon plays drums and sings lead vocals for this one (and who else could possibly sing this song with more soulful integrity and authenticity?):

Check out the fitting remembrance of Levon Helm on NPR. And there's more from Rolling Stone and from Bob Dylan.

May light perpetual shine upon Levon. And may the music never end.


Anonymous said...

I am feeling it brother; we just lost somebody.


Ian Edgar said...

May he rest in peace.
I'm from Canada, near where Garth, Rick, Richard and Robbie are from. The Band was and is a link between our two countries. Levon will be missed!
God Bless

Bryan Owen said...

Thank you, Alston and Ian.

Good point about the link between our two countries, Ian. And as it turns out, I'm from the north Mississippi Delta in Tunica County near a tiny place called Evansville, just a few miles south of the town of Tunica. Marvell, Arkansas where Levon was born is about an hour's drive from where I grew up in Mississippi. (I remember our football team playing against Marvell, AR when I was in junior high school.) In addition to the music and his incredible personality, the fact that we share roots from the same part of the American South deepens a sense of connection with Levon for me.

David Cobb said...

Great memories on that one- growing up in Mobile, my school had an average to sad football team- and a sadder band (I was usually first trumpet...) and after every loss, we played "the night they drove old dixie down"... amazing how much music this man made that was part of the fabric of life.