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‘He left a heritage’: Garth Hudson, Amy Helm, Steve Berlin and Jimmy Vivino on Levon Helm

‘He left a heritage’: Garth Hudson, Amy Helm, Steve Berlin and Jimmy Vivino on Levon Helm

Levon Helm, who died on April 19, 2012, continues to serve as a source of inspiration to those who knew him — principally through his recordings, both with and without the Band. Then, there were those who spent time with him personally — sidemen, collaborators and family.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Mystery Train”  from Moondog Matinee (1973)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Mystery Train” from Moondog Matinee (1973)

Coming as it did during a fallow creative period for the Band, the covers-focused Moondog Matinee could be fairly seen as a placekeeper album — an aperitif before the next statement of purpose. But it wasn’t without its moments of creative and emotional spark

‘All of it blended together’: Garth Hudson remembers the Band’s beginnings ahead of London Music Hall of Fame induction

‘All of it blended together’: Garth Hudson remembers the Band’s beginnings ahead of London Music Hall of Fame induction

Garth Hudson receives a rare moment of individual recognition this weekend, as the endlessly inventive co-founding multi-instrumentalist in the Band is inducted this weekend into the London Music Hall of Fame.

Across the Great Divide: The Band + Emmylou Harris, “Evangeline” from The Last Waltz (1978)

Across the Great Divide: The Band + Emmylou Harris, “Evangeline” from The Last Waltz (1978)

There could have been no more perfect moment for Emmylou Harris’ timelessly lonesome sound to intertwine with Rick Danko’s and Levon Helm’s, as the Band relays the horror of a riverboat settling to the bottom of Big Muddy.

Across the Great Divide: Remembering Richard Manuel (1943-1986)

Across the Great Divide: Remembering Richard Manuel (1943-1986)

For a brief moment, as the Band’s career officially got underway on 1968′s Music from Big Pink, Richard Manuel held the spotlight completely. “Tears of Rage” was enough to convince anyone of his anguished genius.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “4% Pantomime” from Cahoots (1971)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “4% Pantomime” from Cahoots (1971)

On an album that so often feels overcooked and too careful, the sloshy, gospel-gone-wrong of “4% Pantomime” lets it all hang down. That kind of loose camaraderie from the Band, so natural at first but by this point becoming an ever-more-rare occasion, was sorely missing elsewhere on 1971′s Cahoots.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Get Up Jake” from Rock of Ages (1972)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Get Up Jake” from Rock of Ages (1972)

Chasing down “Get Up Jake,” this dollop of hilarious country funk that outlines a crew’s failed attempts to rouse a boozy womanizing deckhand, is every bit as difficult as divining the concrete narrative on knotty fables like “The Weight.”

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Blind Willie McTell” from Jericho (1993)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Blind Willie McTell” from Jericho (1993)

That this song, a legendary outtake from Bob Dylan’s 1983 album Infidels, heralded the Band’s long-hoped-for return to the studio was fitting.

Across the Great Divide: Levon Helm, “Kingfish” from Electric Dirt (2009)

Across the Great Divide: Levon Helm, “Kingfish” from Electric Dirt (2009)

This absurdly fun street parade of song finds Levon Helm winking and growling through a darkly humorous lyric about the galvanizing rule of Huey Long in Depression-era Louisiana.

‘They hear it and it’s perfect’: Warren Haynes says the Band played key role in shaping new Gov’t Mule album

‘They hear it and it’s perfect’: Warren Haynes says the Band played key role in shaping new Gov’t Mule album

Warren Haynes learned a lot about one of his fellow performers at Love for Levon, the concert celebration of the life and music of the Band’s Levon Helm.