Further on up the road

Levon Helm pasted away the other day

The drummer, mandolin player, guitarist, and vocalist for The Band was 71.

The Band served as backup to some of musics finest front men and women.

Usually you post a clip of Mr. Helm drumming, singing lead or playing mandolin on such classics as "The Weight", "Up on Cripple Creek", "Ophelia" or "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down".

All worthy clips and I suggest you delve into this music at your leisure.

I'd like to share this one with you now

Backing up Eric Clapton on "Further on up the road" Levon and the boys are so good that when Clapton's guitar strap comes off  (50 seconds in) he gets a the rest of the measure to recover then Robbie Robertson jumps in for the next few bars before passing the lead back to Clapton. Clean. Seamless. If you weren't watch the video you would never know. The Band was tight!

This was the beauty of  The Band and the reason that for thirty years they were sought after performers on stage and in the studio.

Levon Helm, sometimes keeping the beat, sometimes stepping up and singing several songs that are American classics was in the middle of all that.

We should all be so lucky in our professional lives.

Rest in Peace.


6ftnperfect said…
takes some cojones to get up there and trade licks with Clapton. I like the crankiness-y sound of Robbie's guitar on this. I lived with Rock of Ages for a while, but never owned The Last Waltz, and I'm glad they stopped in my town on that farewell tour. RIP Levon, and thanks for the memories.

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