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The Levon Helm Band, The Electric Factory, Philadelphia, 02.15.2008

The Levon Helm Band, The Electric Factory, Philadelphia, 02.15.2008

Last night Levon Helm finally brought his Ramble to Philly, playing the Electric Factory. It was Helm’s second Philly appearance in the 21st Century, the first being a show by his blues group The Barn Burners at a River Jam, where following his surgery for throat Cancer, Helm did not sing. It was his second...
Garth Hudson - Biography

Garth Hudson – Biography

Of all the musicians in The Band, the most interesting and intriguing is Garth Hudson. The Band was a special group of extraordinary musicians to begin with, but Hudson’s keyboard work took them even higher. Hudson’s unique gospel-oriented sound partially came from his use of the Lowrey organ. But it was his amazing technique as...
Revisiting The Band

Revisiting The Band

  Early in the summer of 1968, a very unassuming and somewhat strange album appeared. On the cover was what appeared to be a child’s painting. On the rear cover was a small picture of the back of a fairly ugly, somewhat suburban-looking pink house and in large bold letters were the words: Music From...
Rick Danko

Rick Danko

This article was written in December 1999, just after the author found out that Rick Danko had died. It originally appeared in the newsgroups alt.music.the-band and rec.music.dylan.     Rick Danko The first time I saw Rick Danko was in 1965 in Newark, New Jersey. He was a member of The Hawks and was backing...
Richard Manuel

Richard Manuel

This article was written in 1986, the night when the author found out that Richard Manuel had died. It originally appeared in Peter Stone Brown’s regular column, The Other Side in a paper called the Welcomat in Philadelphia, in the March 12, 1986 issue. Copyright © Peter Stone Brown, 1986, 1998. It was many years...