I pulled into Nazareth, was feelin’ about half past dead
I just need some place, where I can lay my head
Hey Mister, can ya tell me where a man might find a bed?
He just grinned and shook my hand, “No” was all he said

Opening lines from "The Weight"

From the first time I ever heard his voice, I fell in love with the sound of Levon Helm. There was just something about it that was pure and heartfelt. It seemed to reach into my soul and take me to places that no budding teenager in those god awful early days of disco ever thought he could go.

While Levon left us on April 19, 2012, his music and his legacy still live on. A concert called “Love for Levon” was held on October 3, 2012 in his honor. It included many musicians who had worked with him or somehow influenced them throughout the years and proceeds raised by the concert went to preserving his barn in Woodstock. That barn would later become the home of a series of small concerts known as the Midnight Ramble. A CD and DVD will be released in March of 2013 with footage of the concert.

The house band included many regulars to Levon’s barn but there was also a bunch of guests who decided to take the stage. Here’s list of performers and bands who showed up to pay their respects and tributes to Mr. Helm.

  • Roger Waters
  • Garth Hudson
  • My Morning Jacket
  • John Mayer
  • Joe Walsh
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Eric Church
  • Gregg Allman
  • Ray LaMontagne
  • John Hiatt
  • Grace Potter
  • Warren Haynes
  • Lucinda Williams
  • Mavis Staples
  • Allen Toussaint
  • David Bromberg
  • Robert Randolph
  • John Prine
  • Jorma Kaukonen
  • Marc Cohn
  • Jakob Dylan
  • Mike Gordon
  • Joan Osborne
  • Jai Johanny Johanson
  • Jon Randall
  • Matt Burr
  • Barry Mitterhoff
  • Jessi Alexander

    One noticeable exception from the list would be Robbie Robertson, Levon’s fellow member of The Band. If I had to speculate, it seems their ongoing feud while they were still alive continues beyond the grave.

    Here’s the set list (in order) that they performed during the show and all of the tunes with the exception of one (Love for Levon) were either performed by The Band themselves or on Levon’s solo efforts. It also includes the artist who was featured during the performance.

  • The Shape I’m In – Warren Haynes
  • Long Black Veil – Gregg Allman and Warren Haynes
  • Trouble in Mind – Jorma Kaukonen and Barry Mitterhoff
  • This Wheel’s on Fire
  • Little Birds – Garth Hudson
  • Listening to Levon – Marc Cohn – it’s the one not by The Band or Levon
  • Move Along Train – Mavis Staples
  • Life is a Carnival – Allen Toussaint and Jai Johanny Johanson
  • When I Paint My Masterpiece - Garth Hudson and John Prine
  • Anna LeeBruce Hornsby
  • Ain’t Got No Home – Jakob Dylan
  • Whispering Pines – Lucinda Williams
  • Rag Mama Rag – John Hiatt
  • Don’t Do It – David Bromberg and Joan Osborne
  • Tears of Rage – John Mayer and Ray LaMontagne
  • Rockin’ Chair – Dierks Bentley, Jon Randall and Jessi Aliexander
  • Chest Fever – Garth Hudson, Dierks Bentley, Jon Randall and Jessi Aliexander
  • A Train Robbery – Eric Church
  • Get Up Jake – Eric Church
  • Tennessee Jed – John Mayer
  • Up on Cripple Creek – Joe Walsh and Robert Randolph
  • Ophelia – My Morning Jacket
  • It Makes No Difference – My Morning Jacket
  • The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - Roger Waters and My Morning Jacket
  • Wide River to Cross – Roger Waters
  • The Weight - Everybody

    Somewhere, his former band mates Rick Danko and Richard Manuel who preceded him in death, are smiling.

    I haven’t bought a new CD or DVD in quite awhile. That’s probably gonna change when this one comes out. I urge you to do the same.