SPOTIFY PLAYLIST: RIP Levon Helm
It's actually a bit tough to know what to say on this one. Levon Helm was so much more than a drummer. He was immense – a real musician, a fighter, an actor, a rambler and a man that strove for a loose, authentic, song-first concept until his death on April 19. Best known as the drummer, sometimes vocalist and glue of The Band, Levon is an absolute legend in every way. His early work in The Hawks with Ronnie Hawkins is blistering rock 'n' roll. His contributions to The Basement Tapes and Dylan's work in the late '60s are so classic that I still obsess over them almost every Sunday. The Band is called The Band for a reason, and his work in subsequent years on storied 'rambles' in upstate New York are the stuff of legend amongst true music fans. I know I keep using words like 'true,' 'authentic' and 'real,' but there are so few that actually embody those qualities. Levon Helm was one of them. He will be greatly missed.