Saturday, July 11, 2009

New Levon Helm video of an acoustic version of "King Fish."

Cool video version (from his page) of one of Levon Helm's new tunes from his new Electric Dirt album.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Arlen Roth...Levon Helm's guest artist for this wkd's "Midnight Ramble."

Learn more about this great musician who has teamed up w/ Levon Helm in the past.

Robbie Robertson's new Fender Stratocaster.

This pic was posted by Robbie's son Sebastian on the official Robbie Robertson facebook page:

Remebering John H. Hammond today...

John H. Hammond, influencial in sparking great musical careers for folks, such as Bob Dylan & Pete Seeger, passed away on this day in '87 @ the age of 76. He was elected in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in '86.

Happy b'day to the late Mitch Mitchell!

The Hendrix Experience drummer would have turned 63 yesterday. He passed away last November.

Jay Collins & the Kings County Band to perform @ the Bearsville Theater tonight.

Levon Helm Band video from last night's David Letterman telecast.

Wonderful version of the Grateful Dead's Tennessee Jed, the first track on Levon Helm's new Electric Dirt album. Musicians include:
Levon Helm - drums & lead vocals
Amy Helm - mandolin & background vocals
Theresa Campbell - background vocals
Larry Campbell - guitar & background vocals
Jim Weider - guitar
Byron Isaacs - bass
Brian Mitchell - piano
Howard Johnson - tube
Erik Lawrence - saxaphone
Jay Collins - saxaphone
Clark Gayton - trombone

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Chris Bergson upcoming live dates.

From Chris Bergson's online newsletter:

As summer (finally!) kicks into gear, the Chris Bergson Band returns to Rodeo Bar this Thursday, July 9th. Margaritas and cold beer taste much better when it isn’t raining outside, so be sure to make it out. It’s their last show in town before traveling to Syracuse to perform at the New York State Blues Festival this weekend - all the details are below.
I am also thrilled to announce that the Chris Bergson Band will return to Woodstock to open for the Levon Helm Band on Saturday, September 5th at Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble. Rolling Stone calls the Midnight Ramble "an intimate all-star concert” and past performers have included Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Emmylou Harris, Allen Toussaint, and Garth Hudson among others. It’s an easy two and a half hour drive from NYC and well worth the trip. These special house concerts tend to sell out far in advance, so get your tickets now exclusively through
Rodeo BarThursday, July 9 375 Third Avenue at E. 27th St. 10 PM – 1 AMNo Coverw/ Brian Charette – organ / Matt Clohesy – bass / Tony Leone - drumsNew York State Blues Festival – Syracuse, NYSunday, July 12 Clinton Square, Syracuse1:15 PM – 2:45 PMFree! w/ Jay Collins – tenor sax, backing vocals / Bruce Katz – organ / Matt Clohesy – bass / Tony Leone - drums
Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble – Woodstock, NYSaturday, September 5 at 8 PM Opening for the Levon Helm Bandw/ Jay Collins, Bruce Katz, Richard Hammond & Tony Leone
You Tube I also wanted to mention that additional footage from the band’s tour of the Netherlands has been posted on YouTube including great versions of “Are You Experienced?”, “Three Sisters” and “High Above the Morning”. Please check ‘em out and feel free to rate the videos and leave your comments.
Chris Bergson is a Brooklyn based Guitarist/Vocalist/Songwriter.For complete show schedule, MP3s, bio, and photos, please and

Jim Weider news.

From Jim Weider's online newsletter:


is now available ! check out the Video !" Squirrels in Paris "on the webite home page !
"PULSE CD Features:
Jim Weider - Guitar/Rodney Holmes- Drums/Mitch Stein-Guitar Steve Lucas - Bass/plus special guests !
There's a new JWB facebook Fan page where you can join up for the latest news and live tracks and video

Jim will be playing guitar with Levon Helm Band thursday ,July 9th on the CBS David Letterman show featuring a song from "Electric Dirt" cd 11:30pm.

JIM recorded guitar on two songs on John Martin's final solo album and also on John Martins tribute CD out in Jim Tullio's chicago Studio Butcher Boy The Weather Channel TV will be playing "Flight" and "Rain Daze" from PERCoLAToR cd and " "Squirrels in Paris" from the new cd "PULSE " for this July 2009

The INN at Willow Pond
Date: July 10, 2009
Time: 8:00pm
74 Willow Pond Road
ProJECT PERCoLAToR , featuring Jim Weider -Guitar,Rodney Holmes -drums ,Mitch Stein - guitar , and Steve Lucas -bass will be performing the CD "Percolator" and more ! (Tapers welcome as the club allows) for tickets call :800-533-3533 or 802 -362 -4733

The Black Potatoe Fest
Date: July 11, 2009
Time: 6:30pm
The Red Mill Museum
56 Main St.
Clinton, NJ 08809-1328
ProJECT PERCoLAToR , featuring Jim Weider -Guitar,Rodney Holmes -drums ,Mitch Stein - guitar , and Daniel Grimsland - bass will be performing the new CD "PULSE" and more !

Rams Head On Stage
Date: July 16, 2009
Time: 7:30pm
33 West Street,
Annapolis, MD 21401
ProJECT PERCoLAToR , featuring Jim Weider -Guitar,Rodney Holmes -drums ,Mitch Stein - guitar , and Steve Lucas -bass will be performing the new CD "PULSE" and more ! also opening the show is Janiva Magness Website is:
Phone : 410.268.4545
Link to event:
Doors are at 7pm, show is at 7:30pm.
(Tapers welcome as the club allows)
Double Door Inn
Date: July 17, 2009
Time: 9:00pm
1218 Charlottetowne Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28204
ProJECT PERCoLAToR , featuring Jim Weider -Guitar, Rodney Holmes -Drums ,Mitch Stein - guitar , Steve Lucas -Bass will be performing the new CD "PULSE" and more ! (Tapers welcome as the club allows
704) 376-1446

Date: July 18, 2009
Time: 9:00pm
2115 Walker Ave
Greensboro, NC 27403
ProJECT PERCoLAToR , featuring Jim Weider -Guitar, Rodney Holmes -Drums ,Mitch Stein - guitar , Steve Lucas -Bass will be performing the new CD "PULSE" and more ! (Tapers welcome as the club allows
tel#(336) 272-9888

Berkeley Café
Date: July 19, 2009
Time: 8:00pm
217 W. Martin Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
ProJECT PERCoLAToR , featuring Jim Weider -Guitar, Rodney Holmes -Drums ,Mitch Stein - guitar , Steve Lucas -Bass will be performing the new CD "PULSE" and more ! (Tapers welcome as the club allows tickets 919) 821-0777

Jim Weider with Levon Helm Band
Date: July 25, 2009
Time: 7:00pm
Sound View Drive
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Jim Weider playing guitar with Levon Helm Band

Butch Dener review of the recent Levon Helm "Midnight Ramble."

Thanks always to the enthusiastic fan & friend of Levon Helm, Butch Dener, for another fun review of the past Midnight Ramble held in Woodstock, NY:

Jimmy Vivino's TRIUMPHANT return to the Ramble started with his opening set.Jimmy on piano with Lincoln Schleiffer on doghouse bass did SLEEPING ! Richard was smiling,,a Bluesy Can't be sattified followed, then, THEN,, Jimmy , on the piano still, did COUNTRY BOY ! with Brian on Hammond B-3 . WOW !!!!!!an amazing FACTORY GIRL with the Tangerine Strings from the Fab Faux & Rich Pagano on brushes & snare, brought the house to complete reverent silence by it's beauteous perfection,, Vivino is a fuggin musical genius !!!Rich Pagano a killer singing drummer did an homage to the master of the Barn when he did a killah SMOKE SIGNAL,,, then,, with Brian's Hammond Jimmy & Pagano & Rich Conti did WHY DOES LOVE HAVE TO BE SO SAD !!! Derek & The Dominoes had very little on these cats !!!! AMAZING RENDITION of that rocking song.Then , more Band -tribute with WE CAN TALK,,, breathtakingly perfect.Again,, THE MOON STRUCK ONE ,,, killed us softly,,,Rich Pagano & V did an amazing HARD RAIN gonna fall,,, & they finished up with Weider & Jimmy on POWDERFINGER ( Neil Young's ) power guitars, baby, lemme tell ya,,,they rest of the Ramble, with Hubert coming out & doing 300 lbs & Killing Floor & others was awesome, too,, Brian Mitchell is so Garthlike but with grease,,, man, amazing night,,, especially since a friend had baked these "chocolate chip cookies" that had us soooo "colorful",,, wheeee, watta ride,, BUT,Jimmy Vivno's opening set rings in our ears still,,off to a Community Center dedication with the walls still waving,,,wish you were with us, kids,,, one of those " Woodstock Summer Nights ",,, almost like Levon, Rick & Butter @ the Lake in the 80's


Levon Helm Band to perform on David Letterman Thursday, July 9th.

Thanks to Rick of Suffern, NY for this heads up on an upcoming Levon Helm Band live performance:

Hi Mike,
Levon Helm Band is on Late Night w/ David Letterman on Thursday, July 9th at 11:35 PM.


Rick S.
Suffern, NY
(Rockland Co.)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Happy belated b'day to Robbie Robertson!

Robbie Robertson turned 66 July 5th.