Saturday, June 6, 2009

Cool original concert poster art for auction.

Thanks to Joe Heuer of the Roll & Roll Guru blog for this cool tip on an original rock & roll concert poster art auction tip:

Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters new video on CMT.

From The Boxmasters Myspace page:

Tune In to CMT Pure Wide Open Country show this Monday, June 8th for the premier of The Boxmasters' new video Turn It Over !!!! Wide Open Country airs three times a day @ 9:30am, 8:30pm and 1:00am.

"Turn It Over" is the first single from the bands third 2 CD set, Modbilly, available now on Sawmill/Vanguard Records!!!

Another "The Band" "facebook" page.

Peter Max, an amazing artist.

We were introduced to Peter Max's thanks to the cover of the reunited The Band's '90s album Jericho. Peter is a vibrant painter w/ an extremely impressive & long running resume. Check him out!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Butch Dener's (frmr "The Band" road mgr) take on last wkd's Levon Helm "Midnight Ramble" set list w/ guest musician Jackie Green.

Here is the ever-so-enthusiastic Butch Dener & his take on last wkd's Levon Helm Midnight Ramble (alway a heck of a lot more interesting than just reading a set list):
Just a word about last week's Ramble,
Levon & his band just keep getting better & better, as if that was possible,, they are at an all time high level of musicianship.AMAZING !!,,,& with Jimmy Weider in the mix,, Larry is pushed to even greater heights,,
Last week, Jimmy, Larry & Jackie G. all playing together on tunes like Chest Fever,, wowowowoweeeee,,,
Amy's All La Glory was soooo poignant & i caught her husband, Jay, watching her from the "wings" with such love & pride in his face, SWEET !!!
Drown in My Own Tears was a high point in Levon's singing,, so strong,, so emotional - the crowd erupted in applause throughout when he would hit those hard to reach notes,, amazing, esp since i remember hanging with him @ the lake behind his house & me & Vivino could barely hear his raspy whisper of a voice. G-d's Blessings,,, am i right ?So much more,, but,, ya'll are tired of my rantings & ravings about Rambles,, B
UT,a Moment in AWE of THOSE HORNS !!!! the best in the world, kids,,
off to work on my Fire Department Support Rally,,
Thanks so much, Butch! We are never tired of your rantings & ravings!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Ola Belle Reed to be inducted into the "Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame."

From the Ola Belle Reed Myspace page:

The Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame will be inducting Ola Belle Reed June 12 in Wilksboro, NC . Hope You can come. Look up the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame. The Stanley Bro. and 4 others will be inducted.

Ola Belle Reed has greatly influenced a band we love called Ollabelle.

Bob Dylan w/ The Band @ the '69 Isle of Wight.

One Too Many Mornings.

Live clip of Bob Dylan w/ The Band @ the '69 Isle of Wight music festival.

I Threw It All Away.

Bob Dylan's newer live version ('06) of 'Wheel's on Fire."

We love the tune Wheel's on Fire w/ co-writing credits going to Bob Dylan & Rick Danko. Here is an '06 live version by Dylan. Levon Helm's autobiographry book title This Wheel's on Fire is taken from this great song.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Update on Sid Griffin's upcoming Bob Dylan "Rolling Thunder" era book.

The book is projected to hit stores by Christmas. Thanks to Mary Wogan & her Visons of Dylan blog for the update. Sid Griffin has interviewed some great Dylan-related folk to produce this book. We loved his Million Dollar Bash book on Dylan & The Band's Basement Tapes.

Online "NPR" article on Levon Helm.

Thanks to Levon Helm's webmaster Tony LoBue for sending us the link:

Levon Helm's annual participation in New Paltz (NY) Memorial Day parade.

Thanks to Butch & Barrie Dener, we just received a couple more pics from this past weekend's annual New Paltz (NY) Memorial Day parade. Both Butch & Levon participate in this event every year. These pics depict how Levon & Helmland's inviting nature is not only contained to Levon & Sandy Helm's estate, but remotely as well.

One pic shows Levon chauffering the lovely Mrs. Bova (as he does so annually), the parade's only Vietnam-era Gold Star Mother. We have included a link to the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. Gold Star Mothers are moms who have lost a son or daughter to a war.

The other pic includes three Helmlanders - Tony LoBue (Levon's webmaster, among other duties) far left, Butch just behind Tony & Levon mingling w/ two military gents.
An event such as this is one of the gazillion reasons we love these guys.

Listen to Levon Helm's new album "Electric Dirt."

Helmland is offering more of a listen of this June 30th release!

Butch Dener driving in this year's New Paltz (NY) Memorial Day parade.

The wonderful annual tradition held in the beautiful Catskills region to salute the men & women who protect & serve. Butch Dener, forever keeper of The Band & Little Feat flames, is shown here driving a convertible SAAB during this year's New Paltz, NY Memorial Day parade. Butch would never miss a moment to pay his respects to such honorable folks as our veterans.
Thanks to Butch & his wonderful wife Barrie for providing us w/ this pic.