During the final week of 1971, The Band played four legendary concerts at New York City’s Academy of Music, ushering in the new year with some seriously great performances, including new horn arrangements by Allen Toussaint and a surprise guest appearance by Bob Dylan.
Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck will release their new album, Eden, on March 5. Written almost entirely on electric banjo, the album fuses experimental elements with Americana, rock, bluegrass and folk, resulting in a unique sound that has earned the Vermont-based band heaps of praise, not to mention descriptions ranging from “Green Mountain soul” to “modern backwoods music.”
Levon Helm, the Arkansas-born multi-instrumentalist and vocalist whose unforgettable voice graced some of The Band's biggest hits, died yesterday in Woodstock, New York, after a long battle with cancer. He was 71.
Guitarist Robbie Robertson, a former member of The Band, visited an ailing Levon Helm in the hospital over the weekend. Helm, best known as the drummer in The Band -- and singer of several of the band's hits -- is in the final stages of his 14-year struggle cancer, as posted by his wife and daughter last Friday.
For me, the ailing Levon Helm's greatest moment with The Band is their cover of Bob Dylan's "When I Paint My Masterpiece" from 1971's Cahoots. While it was already common for other artists to perform Dylan's own songs better than he did, Helm's performance on "Masterpiece" is truly one of a kind.
The Foo Fighters cleaned up at the 54th Grammy Awards last night, snagging five Grammys -- but missing out on Album of the Year. That award went to British soul singer Adele, who won six Grammys, including Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Someone Like You.”