Listen: Celebrating Levon Helm (Episode 1521)

Mark Lavon Helm was born May 26, 1940 in Elaine, Arkansas. Surrounded by music from the beginning, he was fascinated by the sounds that sprang from the Mississippi river delta soil that his family farmed for countless years. His passion for Blues, Country, and minstrel shows inspired him to play Rock ‘n Roll, and the legend formed itself from that point on.

“Levon” incorporated his passion for American Roots music styles into the music he played his entire life; and whether it was as a member of The Hawks, The Band, or in his solo material, Levon crafted a sonic legacy that stands as an everlasting monument that will inspire musicians for the rest of time.

Levon Helm passed away April 19, 2012, and tributes continue to be offered up in memory of the man and his music. In time for what would have marked his 75th birthday, Johnny Full-Time honors one of his biggest heroes with this hour of music celebrating Levon Helm. You’ll hear tunes from the new boxed set of reissued music by The Band, material from Levon’s solo work, tributes from friends and by artists whom he inspired. You can view the complete playlist below.

Levon’s legacy continues, with the upcoming release of daughter Amy Helm’s solo debut, Didn’t It Rain, which comes out July 24, 2015. The first single off that album, “Rescue Me,” was released May 19th. Click Here to Purchase
Scroll down below to watch videos of a few of Levon’s performances. Make sure to share this show and leave a comment with your thoughts and memories!

1. The Band – Don’t Do It (Live At The Academy Of Music, New York)
Capitol Albums 1968-1977 (2015)
2. Laith Al-Saadi – Ophelia – REAL
3. Paul Mark & the Van Dorens – Don’t Ya Tell Henry – Smartest Man In The Room
4. Aretha Franklin – The Weight – The Queen Of Soul (2014)
5. Levon Helm – A Train Robbery – Dirt Farmer
6. Bob Dylan – All You Have To Do Is Dream (Unreleased)
The Basement Tapes RAW (2014)
7. The Levon Helm Band – The Same Thing – The Midnight Ramble Sessions, Vol. 3 (2014)
8. The Band – Rag Mama Rag (Alternate Take/Remastered)
Capitol Rarities 1968-1977 (2015)
9. Marc Cohn – Listening to Levon (w/Levon Helm Band and Greg Leisz) – Love For Levon
10. Stranger Than Swedes – Presence Of Your Soul
Presence of Your Soul: A Tribute to Levon Helm
11. Jimmy Vivino & the Black Italians – Song for Levon 13 Live
12. Levon Helm – You’ll Never Again Be Mine – The Lost Notebooks Of Hank Williams

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Listen to the Show: Episode 1236 Christmas 2012

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

This week’s episode of Full-Time Blues Radio marks the latest edition of our annual Christmas Blues show. Each year, I gather Christmas Blues tunes to fill the hour and provide a soundtrack to your holiday party! More than half of these songs were released this year, including the featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” – “Christmas is a Phone Call Away” by Gary U.S. Bonds. It comes off his new album Christmas Is On!, which is available now. More information is online at

I pray you have a very Merry Christmas and that you stay safe during the holiday season. Best Wishes from the Full-Time family, and thank you for another great year of support online and on the airwaves. – Johnny Full-Time

1. Rick L. Blues – Santa Will Never Die – Good Luck On My Side
2. D’Mar & Gill – Santa’s Second Line – A Country Blues Christmas
3. David GoGo – Christmas on the Bayou – Christmas With The Blues
4. Rockin Johnny Band – Party This Christmas – Grim Reaper
5. Joe Bonamassa – Merry Christmas Baby – Holiday Single
6. Aretha Franklin – Angels We Have Heard On High – This Christmas
7. Roger Hurricane Wilson – The Little Drummer Boy – Simply & Acoustically: Merry Christmas
8. Tommy Castro – Christmas Everyday – Holiday Single
9. Grady Champion – What Would Christmas Be Without You? – Holiday Single
10. Vasti Jackson – No More Christmas Blues – Holiday Single
11. Gina Moore – The Cradle In Bethlehem – A Caring Community Christmas
12. Fitz & The Tantrums – Santa Stole My Lady – Holiday Single
13. Gary “U.S.” Bonds – Christmas is a Phone Call Away – Christmas Is On!