Date: Jul 30th, 2011 · Tags: Jazz CD Reviews

The Arkansas delta grit is gone from his voice, replaced by age and disease with the well-sanded twang of an American Southern Isaiah, if Johnny Cash were a stern Elijah. Levon Helm was the first voice among equals in m: The Band , sharing vocal duties with the equally distinctive vocals of bassist Rick Danko and pianist Richard Manuel. The only American (necessarily Southern) in a band of Canadians, it was Helm’s dusty tenor that lent an American authenticity to the Band’s rural miniatures like “Up on Cripple Creek,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” and “The W. S

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Levon Helm: Ramble at the Ryman