Newport, Rhode Island
26 July 1964
Newport Folk Festival
- Bob Dylan (vocal, guitar & harmonica)
The best way to remember Levon Helm is to enjoy his music.
Today we have searched the cellars of YouTube and found a shining gem: The Levon Helm Band at The Newport Folk Festival in 2008.
I think we got the full show (but not sure). Levon Helm and his band went on stage second to last on the final day of the festival. They gave a tremendous show that confirmed their influence from folk music and they were a fitting act to play at a folk music festival.
Levon Helm was one of the finest drummers and most soulful singers in music history! …and the set list has some traditional songs, some solo stuff and quite a few songs from The Band era. The Band songs are so fresh and fits this band so well, they sound amazing.
Highlights: Chest Fever, Got Me A Woman plus Anna Lee from my favorite Levon Helm album, Dirt Farmer, Long Black Veil and The Weight with guests, Jake Shimabukuro, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
We also get some very special guests:
Deep Elem Blues
Ashes of Love
Love Played A Game
Long Black Veil
Got Me A Woman
Rag Mama Rag
The Same Thing (incomplete)
The Shape I’m In
The Levon Helm Band live at The Newport Folk Festival 2008: