Dirt Farmer CD (2007)

Artist: Levon Helm

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Product Overview


Label Welk Music Group
SKU 205585600
UPC 015707984423
UPC 14 00015707984423
Format CD
Release Date 10/30/2007
Author Levon Helm
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Associated Artist/Work Bow Thayer
Associated Artist/Work Largo
Associated Artist/Work Largo (Rock)
Associated Artist/Work Levon Helm Band
Artist Influence Bo Diddley
Artist Influence Carl Perkins (Rockabilly)
Artist Influence Chuck Berry
Artist Influence Conway Twitty
Artist Influence Elvis Presley
Artist Influence Jerry Lee Lewis
Artist Influence John Lee Hooker
Artist Influence Ronnie Hawkins
Artist Influence The Carter Family
Artist Influence Uncle Dave Macon
Artist Contemporary Bob Dylan
Artist Contemporary Bobby Charles
Artist Contemporary Dan Penn
Artist Contemporary Dr. John
Artist Contemporary Emmylou Harris
Artist Contemporary Harry Connick, Jr.
Artist Contemporary Jim Ford (Songwriter/Vocals)
Artist Contemporary John Fogerty
Artist Contemporary John Prine
Artist Contemporary Johnny Cash
Artist Contemporary Joni Mitchell
Artist Contemporary Kris Kristofferson
Artist Contemporary Neil Young
Artist Contemporary Rick Danko
Artist Contemporary Ringo Starr
Artist Contemporary Robbie Robertson
Artist Contemporary The Band of Heathens
Artist Contemporary Van Morrison
Artist Follower Alison Krauss
Artist Follower Bruce Springsteen
Artist Follower Dock Boggs
Artist Follower Gillian Welch
Artist Follower Greg Brown
Artist Follower Iris DeMent
Artist Follower John Doe (X)
Artist Follower My Morning Jacket
Artist Follower Nickel Creek
Artist Follower Ollabelle
Artist Follower Ryan Adams
Artist Follower Steve Earle
Artist Follower Wilco
Technical Info
Engineer Justin Guip
Producer Amy Helm; Larry Campbell; Amy Helm; Larry Campbell
CatalogID VCD 79844
Lable Name Vanguard
Released 10/22/2007
Original Release 2007
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 51m : 34s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00015707984423
Album Notes and Credits
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).
Audio Mixer: Justin Guip.
Liner Note Author: Levon Helm.
Recording information: Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock, NY.
Photographer: Ahron R. Foster.
Arrangers: Levon Helm; Amy Helm; Larry Campbell.
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.
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.
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) (p.121) - 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) (p.86) - 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."
Disc 1
1 False Hearted Lover Blues
2 Poor Old Dirt Farmer
3 Mountain, The
4 Little Birds
5 Girl I Left Behind, The
6 Calvary
7 Anna Lee
8 Got Me A Woman
9 Train Robbery, A
10 Single Girl, Married Girl
11 Blind Child
12 Feelin' Good
13 Wide River To Cross
Product Attributes
Artist Helm,Levon
Label Vanguard Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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