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Levon Helm, “False Hearted Lover Blues” from Dirt Farmer (2007): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm, “False Hearted Lover Blues” from Dirt Farmer (2007): Across the Great Divide

When Levon Helm decided to return to the Americana roots that had for so long nourished his career, he did it his way.

The Band, “Stuff You Gotta Watch” (1993): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Stuff You Gotta Watch” (1993): Across the Great Divide

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, “You See Me” from Jubilation (1998): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “You See Me” from Jubilation (1998): Across the Great Divide

The Band’s fun run through Allen Toussaint’s soul-lifting “You See Me” underscored an often-forgotten portion of their inestimable legacy.

The Band, “The River Hymn” from Cahoots (1971): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “The River Hymn” from Cahoots (1971): Across the Great Divide

“The River Hymn” tries to answer questions raised on the Band’s ‘Cahoots,’ offering one of Levon Helm’s prettiest vocals along the way.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Ain’t That a Lot of Love” from Islands (1977)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Ain’t That a Lot of Love” from Islands (1977)

Slow to get started, this R&B romp finishes on a high note.

Deep Cuts from the Band’s Self-Titled 1969 Masterpiece: Gimme Five

Deep Cuts from the Band’s Self-Titled 1969 Masterpiece: Gimme Five

Even lesser-known tracks continue to yield important insights, decades later.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Don’t Do It” from Live at the Academy of Music (2013)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Don’t Do It” from Live at the Academy of Music (2013)

They create something deeper than what came before – something harder to quantify.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Livin’ in a Dream” from Islands (1977)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Livin’ in a Dream” from Islands (1977)

This lightly grooved, calliope-paced aside plays to Levon Helm’s many strengths.

Across the Great Divide: Levon Helm, “Hurricane” from American Son (1980)

Across the Great Divide: Levon Helm, “Hurricane” from American Son (1980)

Nobody embodies hard-bitten, country-strong determination like Levon.

The Levon Helm Band – The Midnight Ramble Sessions, Volume 3 (2014)

The Levon Helm Band – The Midnight Ramble Sessions, Volume 3 (2014)

A celebration of everything Helm meant to music, and vice versa.