Length: 60 minutes, 90 minutes
Genre: Music Concert
Year Produced: 2008
Levon Helm and the Midnight Ramble Band hosted an epic jam session on September 17, 2008 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium — home of the Grand Ol’ Opry.
Helm is known as the drummer for The Band (a name believed to be derived from how they were referred to during their tenure with Bob Dylan), his deeply soulful, country-style voice, and powerful drumming style highlighted on many of the The Band’s recordings, such as “The Weight,” “Up on Cripple Creek,” “King Harvest (Has Surely Come),” “Ophelia” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” His 2007 comeback album Dirt Farmer earned the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album in February 2008.
The night’s special guests include Steve Earle, Sheryl Crow, Delbert McClinton, Allison Moorer, Buddy Miller, Sam Bush, Little Sammy Davis, John Hiatt, Allison Krauss, Robert Plant and Billy Bob Thornton.
Some of the highlights consist of Robert Plant and Allison Krauss sitting in on “Black Girl,” a folk song traditionally popularized by Leadbelly, Sheryl Crow’s duet with Helm on the Band classic “Evangeline,” and Delbert McClinton performing “Holy Cow.” Also, John Hiatt, Steve Earle and Allison Moorer joined Helm on “The Weight.” The show concluded in epic style when everybody — as well as Billy Bob Thornton — jumped on stage with Helm for a sing-a-long of Bob Dylan’s classic “Forever Young.”