Levon Helm will be driving Dixie down to FloydFest this Summer!
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Listening to Levon: FloydFest 2010
Levon Helm will be driving Dixie down to the Dreaming Creek Stage this summer. The iconic drummer from The Band has been announced as an initial headliner of FloydFest, which will take place July 22-25 in its usual beautiful setting just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Floyd, Va. Now rolling as a solo act, Helm tours with a killer band that includes guitarist Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan, Phil Lesh). He plays some expected Band classics as well as material from his two latest solo albums, "Dirt Farmer" and "Electric Dirt." (Floydfest is a scenic drive from The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast out Route 40 toward Ferrum and on up the Blue Ridge Parkway)
Other acts on the bill include Blue King Brown, Soulive, Eric Krasno & Chapter 2, Cornmeal, The Low Anthem, Pimps of Joytime, Mountain Heart, Flam Chen, Joe Pug, Wiyos . Adrienne Young, R.I.S.E., Dangermuffin, Miss Tess, Christabel & The Jons, Boulder Acoustic Society, Holy Ghost Tent Revival . Packway Handle Band, Soulhound, Two Man Gentlemen Band, and The Mantras. Read more and look for additional line-up announcements here.
Article from Blue Ridge Outdoors here
Levon Helm's website here
Floydfest Website here
About the Song The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down here
Here is a cover of this song by Johnny Cash, and Jerry Garcia here, and Joan Baez here, and the original by The Band and Levon Helm here
Wiki says this:
Mark Lavon Helm (born May 26, 1940), best known as Levon Helm, is an American rock multi-instrumentalist and actor who achieved fame as the drummer and frequently lead and backing vocalist for the R&B/rock group The Band. Helm is known for his deeply soulful, country-accented voice, and creative drumming style highlighted on many of the The Band's recordings, such as "The Weight", "Up on Cripple Creek", "Ophelia" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down". His 2007 comeback album Dirt Farmer earned the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album in February 2008, and in November of that year, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him #91 in the list of The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. In 2010, Electric Dirt, his 2009 follow-up to Dirt Farmer, won the first ever Grammy Award for Best Americana Album, an inaugural category in 2010.
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