Levon Helm Donates Portion of Proceeds from New Release to Americana Music Association Ramble at the Ryman Live CD and DVD Now Available

Levon Helm Donates Portion of Proceeds from New Release to
Americana Music Association
Ramble at the Ryman Live CD and DVD Now Available
Nashville May 18, 2011.   The Americana Music Association announced today that Levon Helm will donate a portion of the Ramble at the Ryman CD and DVD proceeds to not for profit trade association.  “They are one of the few outfits that supports great music” said Helm, “we gotta help ‘em.”  Helm is the first artist to donate the shares of cd and dvd sales to the music association.  He was also the first to perform a concert with the intent to raise funds for Americana at his now legendary Ramble at the Ryman in 2007. 
On September 17, 2008, the legendary Levon Helm kicked off the Americana Music Festival and Conference bringing his beloved Midnight Ramble on the road to one of America’s treasured venues, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.  Accompanied by such luminaries as Buddy Miller, John Hiatt, Sheryl Crow, George Receli, Sam Bush and Billy Bob Thornton, the Levon Helm Band created an unforgettable night of stage magic.
Available on May 17th, Ramble At The Ryman – Live CD & DVD (each sold separately) captures the joy, essence and reverence of Helm’s live shows. This collection features the Levon Helm Band in a veritable tour through the American songbook, performing classics from Helm’s tenure with The Band, as well as song’s from his Grammy winning release Dirt Farmer and selections from artists such as Chuck Berry, the Carter Family and more.   
Ramble at the Ryman came on the heels of Dirt Farmer’s stunning debut which won a Grammy in 2008 for Best Traditional Folk Album and landed Helm a spot in Rolling Stone’s The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. That same year Helm was also recognized by the Recording Academy with a lifetime achievement award as an original member of The Band and was given the “Artist of the Year” Award by the Americana Music Association.  In 2009, Helm released Electric Dirt which marked his highest debut in Soundscan era at #36 and spent six consecutive weeks at #1 on the Americana Radio Chart. Helm won his second consecutive Grammy for Electric Dirt in the inaugural category of Best Americana Album in 2010. 
The May 17th release of Ramble at the Ryman coincides with the commemoration of Levon Helm Day on May 20th. Established in the House of Representatives by the Honorable Maurice D. Hinchey in May 2006, Mr. Hinchey declared “It is because of this great man, and the great music he produces that the Village of Woodstock, New York, has declared May 20th as Levon Helm Day. It continues to be an honor and a great pleasure for so many of us in New York and across America to bear witness to the incredible career and life of this very strong, extremely talented and generous man. I look forward to many more Midnight Rambles.”
The Levon Helm Band continues to play to sold out crowds at his weekly ‘Midnight Ramble’ concerts in his hometown of Woodstock, NY.  Since 2004, a who’s who of artists and fans from around the world gather to share the stage and join in a celebration of this musical icon.   
In this release, The Levon Helm band includes: Levon Helm, Larry Campbell, Amy Helm, Teresa Williams, Brian Mitchell, Erik Lawrence, Clark Gayton, Jay Collins, Steven Bernstein, Paul Ossola, Tony Leone and Sammy Davis.
Track Listing:  
  • “Ophelia”
  • “Back to Memphis
  • “Fannie Mae”
  • “Baby Scratch My Back”
  • “Evangeline”
  • “No Depression in Heaven”
  • “Wide River to Cross”
  • “Deep Elem Blues”
  • “Anna Lee”
  • “Rag Mama Rag”
  •  “Time Out for the Blues”
  • “A Train Robbery”
  • “The Shape I’m In”
  • “Chest Fever”
  • “The Weight”

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