After a series of solo records that tended toward blues- and R&B-soaked fun, Levon Helm’s ‘Dirt Farmer’ goes deeper, experiences more.
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Left to his own devices after the dissolution of the Band, Levon Helm returned to the things that had been his strengths, his succor, and his joy.
The Band simply stole “Back to Memphis” from Chuck Berry, who tended to wink his way through it. Levon Helm, however, found something darker.
This old Chuck Willis tune, forgotten in the wake of his early death, gave the Band a chance to let loose — and let loose they most certainly did.
A journeyman country tune makes the case all over again for Levon Helm’s tender, heart-openingly emotional side.
Neither seemed all that interested in ‘The Last Waltz.’ But their performances are the heart and soul of the film.
When Levon Helm decided to return to the Americana roots that had for so long nourished his career, he did it his way.
Levon Helm led the Band through a fun-filled take on this Muddy Waters tune, then returned to it once more for another intriguing pass.
The Band’s fun run through Allen Toussaint’s soul-lifting “You See Me” underscored an often-forgotten portion of their inestimable legacy.
“The River Hymn” tries to answer questions raised on the Band’s ‘Cahoots,’ offering one of Levon Helm’s prettiest vocals along the way.