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Dirt Farmer (2007)

Artist: Levon Helm
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Format: CD
Sku: 205585600
UPC: 015707984423
UPC 14: 00015707984423
Release Date: 10/30/2007
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. False Hearted Lover Blues ~ Levon Helm
2. Poor Old Dirt Farmer ~ Levon Helm
3. Mountain, The ~ Levon Helm
4. Little Birds ~ Levon Helm
5. Girl I Left Behind, The ~ Levon Helm
6. Calvary ~ Levon Helm
7. Anna Lee ~ Levon Helm
8. Got Me A Woman ~ Levon Helm
9. Train Robbery, A ~ Levon Helm
10. Single Girl, Married Girl ~ Levon Helm
11. Blind Child ~ Levon Helm
12. Feelin' Good ~ Levon Helm
13. Wide River To Cross ~ Levon Helm

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Levon Helm (vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin, drums); Amy Helm (vocals, mandola, mandolin, piano, drums, percussion, background vocals); Larry Campbell (acoustic guitar, resonator guitar, dulcimer, mandolin, fiddle, percussion, background vocals); Brian John Mitchell (accordion, piano, background vocals); Glenn Patscha (pump organ); Byron Isaacs (percussion, background vocals); George Receli (percussion); Teresa Williams (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Justin Guip.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Levon Helm.
Muze PNote Recording information: Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock, NY.
Muze PNote Photographer: Ahron R. Foster.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Levon Helm; Amy Helm; Larry Campbell.
Muze PNote Though the Band are often discussed in terms of their contributions to musical Americana, drummer Levon Helm was in fact the only American-born member of the group, and his Dixie-fried, high lonesome lilt was one of the keys to their proto alt-country sound. On his 2007 solo release, DIRT FARMER, Helm returns to his roots and indulges in the bedrock American music on which the Band based their legendary sound. Joined by his daughter Amy, she of Ollabelle fame, and studio ace Larry Campbell (among others), Helm works his way through a relaxed yet sturdy set of bluegrass rave-ups, country slow-dances, and bluesy shuffles from across the centuries. And though Helm battled throat cancer prior to this recording, it hasn't diminished the power of his voice a drop--rather, it lends the album a steely sense of endurance and resolve.

Producer: Amy Helm; Larry Campbell; Amy Helm; Larry Campbell

Engineer: Justin Guip

Artist Overview

Primarily known for playing drums and singing with 1960s phenomenon the Band, Levon Helm has, in the intervening years, never fallen fallow or rested on his laurels. The distinctive singer and songwriter made the rare successful musician-to-actor crossover with memorable appearances in over a dozen feature films. He has released excellent solo albums that mine the country end of the Band's spectrum, and in recent years has made musical news by hosting (and sometimes recording) his sprawling, guest-star-laden "Midnight Ramble" concerts at his home in Woodstock, New York. Helm battled and won a bout with throat cancer, which modified his singing style but didn't dampen his artistic spirit.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Longing In Their Hearts
Muze Music Compilations Mississippi-River Of Song
Muze Music Compilations Imus Ranch Record
Muze Music Compilations Walking Through Clay
Muze Music Compilations Sunny Day

Associated Artists and Works

Bow Thayer
Largo (Rock)
Levon Helm Band
The Midnight Ramble Sessions, Vol. 3 ~ Levon Helm Band
Mcgregor, Ewan
Longing In Their Hearts ~ Raitt, Bonnie
The Midnight Ramble Sessions, Vol. 3 [Digipak] ~ The Levon Helm Band

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/22/2007
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2007
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : VCD 79844
Music Label Name Label : Vanguard
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00015707984423

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.84)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Levon's vocals are a welcome miracle.....Helm's drawling howl is heavy with the outrage and sorrow of someone with a deep connection to the land and those who live by it."

Entertainment Weekly (p.131)
- "Helm's weathered twang remains remarkably intact....He seems right at home singing traditional bluegrass tunes..." -- Grade: B

Uncut (p.92)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "DIRT FARMER finally brings Helm into the realm of Lucinda Williams and her kind, with Larry Campbell serving as his white-knight Joe Henry."

Down Beat (p.70)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Helms anchors an accomplished cast of players with diverse virtuosity..."

Dirty Linen (p.53)
- "Helm not only shows he's still a marvelous interpreter, but he manages to invigorate every song with urgency and passion."

Q (Magazine)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "Helm's voice still retains plenty of that ragged, yearning quality that once helped define The Band..."

Record Collector (magazine)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "Expertly performed throughout, it's the seductive ruggedness of Helm's voice that really carries the record and guides the listener on a fascinating musical travelogue executed with clarity and conviction."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Helm,Levon
Product attributeLabel:   Vanguard Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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