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Levon Helm’s Ramble at the Ryman underscored a sweeping importance

Levon Helm’s Ramble at the Ryman underscored a sweeping importance

‘Ramble at the Ryman,’ released on May 17, 2011, reminded us that Levon Helm was the Band’s loamy voiced, rhythmic center point. And something more.

Gary Burton in Nashville: 1960’s Tennessee Firebird was a fusion album like no other

Gary Burton in Nashville: 1960’s Tennessee Firebird was a fusion album like no other

Gary Burton’s country-jazz experiment ‘Tennessee Firebird’ broke every rule. He joins Tom Wilmeth to discuss a gutsy decision to record in Nashville.

Levon Helm, “Dance Me Down Easy” from American Son (1980): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm, “Dance Me Down Easy” from American Son (1980): Across the Great Divide

This is a setting, like the measured context of the Band’s early work, that perfectly suits – even as it amplifies – Levon Helm’s voice.

Johnny Cash – Out Among the Stars (2014)

Johnny Cash – Out Among the Stars (2014)

You’d probably assume that 1981’s The Baron, produced by countrypolitan pioneer Billy Sherrill, would do little to suggest where Johnny Cash would end up a little over a decade later with the American Recordings series.

One Track Mind: Ray LaMontagne, “Supernova” from Supernova (2014)

Somehow, Ray LaMontagne lost his mojo. A year went past after the release of his Grammy-winning God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise project. Then two. Then four. Other than the stand-alone track “Empty,” LaMontagne simply walked off the musical map.

One Track Mind: Band of Horses, “Neighbor” from Acoustic at the Ryman (2014)

It’s not like “Neighbor,” the closing moment of Band of Horses’ 2010 album Infinite Arms, was a boisterous, plugged-in stomper. And yet, this new version — part of their forthcoming Acoustic at the Ryman, due on February 11, 2014 — finds a quieter place

‘He would just tear it up’: Robbie Robertson wanted Otis Redding to cover a key Bob Dylan song

‘He would just tear it up’: Robbie Robertson wanted Otis Redding to cover a key Bob Dylan song

Bob Dylan, at Robbie Robertson’s urging, handed one of his most famous songs off to Otis Redding in the hopes that he would do his own Stax-ified version of it. Things didn’t quite work out that way, however.

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings – South (2014)

Time on the road had led Black and the Rodeo Kings to a new sound, inside dressing rooms, in the backs of rumbling busses, in the merchandise tent adjacent to the darkened stage.

‘We whooped it up’: Bob Dylan session meant switching to trumpet for Nashville legend

A veteran of countless sessions, Nashville legend Charlie McCoy is perhaps best known for his work on harmonica. So how did he end up on trumpet with Bob Dylan?

Jim McCormick – The Middle of the River (2013)

With a writerly penchant for story songs, it’s of little surprise that New Orleans-born Jim McCormick has shown a flair for writing No. 1 country smashes. Unfortunately, that’s kept him too busy to fashion albums of his own.