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: Episode 1341 Thanksgiving Blues

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This is the second time in three years I’ve been able to put together an impressive spread featuring Blues tunes built around the Thanksgiving theme. It’s easy when you remember that all you need are great songs about food, family, and gratitude. So, fix yourself a plate, pull up a chair, and enjoy an hour of music that definitely won’t make you sleepy after you’ve enjoyed it!

Courtesy Circle X

Courtesy Circle X

This week’s featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is the title song from Freddie Vanderford’s album Greasy Greens. The album was originally released in 2010, but it happened to arrive on our doorstep this week – just in time for this week’s cornucopia of Thanksgiving tunes.

Freddie Vanderford is keeping the traditions of the Piedmont style of Blues alive. He sat at the foot of the learning tree with Peg Leg Sam Jackson, and has established himself as a wildly talented multi-instrumentalist and singer. He is especially skilled on the harmonica. He released Greasy Greens in 2010, as mentioned above, on Circle X Records. Click Here for Freddie Vanderford’s ReverbNation Profile

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1. Kara Grainger – C’mon In My Kitchen – Shiver & Sigh
2. Jeremiah Johnson Band ft. The Sliders – Fire In the Kitchen – Brand Spank’n Blue
3. Otis Taylor – Sit Across Your Table – My World Is Gone
4. Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges – Don’t Call it Supper – Roots & Vines
5. Jimmy Vivino & the Black Italians – Fat Man – 13 Live
6. Doug MacLeod – My Inlaws Are Outlaws – There’s A Time
7. Cash Box Kings – Hot Biscuit Baby – Black Toppin’
8. Rev. Jimmie Bratcher – Bologna Sandwich Man – Secretly Famous
9. Matt Hill – Griddle Bread Boogie – On The Floor
10. Brian Lee & the Orbiters – Bucket of Chicken Wings – In Orbit
11. Strata-Tones – Keep On Cookin’ – Dressed Up To Fess Up
12. Tweed Funk – Fine Wine – Love Is
13. Devon Allman – Key Lime Pie – Turquoise
14. Freddie Vanderford – Greasy Greens – Greasy Greens

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