April 28, 2012 – 4:30 am

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Levon Helm Tribute 2012 [no label, 1CD]

A Prairie Home Companion, live at the Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN; April 21, 2012. Guests include Emmylou Harris, Sam Bush, Chris Donohue and Stuart Duncan. Excellent FM broadcast.

Levon Helm may be gone but he is fondly remembered. This show was a tribute to the Band’s drummer with performances of When I Go Away, Up On Cripple Creek and Evangeline. Prairie Home Companion is a weekly musical/variety radio show on National Public Radio in the US.

As Emmylou Harris said during the show: “We’re really going to miss Levon. He was an original voice, an original drummer and… a great soul. He played with so much joy, it was really infectious… I was blessed just to be around him.”

Here is a short and appreciative note from rowdyhillrambler who posted the following comment at velocipedesalon.com: “I went to the Ryman Auditorium last night… Sam Bush and Emmylou Harris played several of his songs. They had both played with him at the Opry. It was a great show and a great tribute to a great musician who obviously touched a lot of lives.”

Thanks to room1009 who recorded the FM broadcast and posted the show on Dime. room1009 noted:

This is not the complete show. I left out most of the comedy routines and stage banter. All of the music is included except for the opening theme and some incidental music… I don’t have top of the line equipment, but I think the sound quality is excellent. There is some very faint interference that is only audible at high volume or with headphones, otherwise it is inaudible.

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The complete show (streamed) and some video clips are available at A Prairie Home Companion.

Pictures posted at prairiehome.publicradio.org.

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Track 01. When I Go Away (Levon Helm) (7.2MB)
Garrison Keillor, Heather Masse, Aoife O’Donovan and The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band with Sam Bush and Stuart Duncan

Track 02. Read It And Weep (Pat Donahue) (4.4MB)
Pat Donohue and The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band with Sam Bush and Stuart Duncan

Track 03. Guy Noir Private Eye with Emmylou Harris (Comedy Routine) (16.2MB)
Emmylou sings A Million to One (Phil Medley)

Track 04. Up On Cripple Creek (Robbie Robertson) (6.7MB)
Sam Bush and The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band with Stuart Duncan, Emmylou Harris, Heather Masse and Aoife O’Donovan

Track 05. Powdermilk Biscuit Theme (Garrison Keillor) (2.5MB)
Garrison Keillor and The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band with Sam Bush and Stuart Duncan

Track 06. Western Plain (When I Was a Cowboy) (Huddie Ledbetter) (5.7MB)
Heather Masse and Aoife O’Donovan with The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band, Sam Bush and Stuart Duncan

Track 07. The Storms Are on the Ocean (AP Carter) (5.6MB)
Heather Masse, Aoife O’Donovan and Garrison Keillor with The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band, Sam Bush and Stuart Duncan

Track 08. Peacock Rag (Traditional/Arthur Smith) (3.1MB)
Stuart Duncan and The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band with Sam Bush

Track 09. Strong Hand (Just One Miracle) (Emmylou Harris) (5.4MB)
Emmylou Harris and the Red Dirt Boys

Track 10. My Name is Emmett Till (Emmylou Harris) (8.5MB)
Emmylou Harris and the Red Dirt Boys with Peter Johnson

Track 11. Fiddle Medley: Big Mon (Bill Monroe)/Fire On The Mountain (Traditional/Bill Cody/Donald Eugster) (4.8MB)
Stuart Duncan, Richard Kriehn and Sam Bush with The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band

Track 12. Cannonball Rag (Merle Travis) (1.2MB)
The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band with Sam Bush and Stuart Duncan

Track 13. She’s Thinking Senior Care (She Thinks I Still Care) (Lee Dickey/Steve Duffy/new words by Garrison Keillor) (6.9MB)
Garrison Keillor and The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band with Sam Bush and Stuart Duncan

Track 14. Poor Wayfaring Stranger (Traditional)/Cell Phone Skit (2.5MB)
Heather Masse, Aoife O’Donovan and Richard Dworsky

Track 15. Sweet Dreams (of You) (Don Gibson) (3.4MB)
Pat Donohue with Richard Dworsky, Gary Raynor and Stuart Duncan

Track 16. Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies (Traditional) (7.4MB)
Aoife O’Donovan and Heather Masse with Stuart Duncan, Sam Bush and Richard Kriehn

Track 17. I Got the Same Old Blues (JJ Cale) (4.9MB)
Sam Bush and The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band with Stuart Duncan

Track 18. Evangeline (Robbie Robertson) (6.5MB)
Emmylou Harris and the Red Dirt Boys with Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan and Peter Johnson

Track 19. Outro (7.6MB)

Garrison Keillor, Sue Scott, Tim Russell and Fred Newman
The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band: Richard Dworsky, Music Director, piano, melodica, keyboard, organ; Pat Donohue, guitar; Gary Raynor, bass; Peter Johnson, percussion; Richard Kriehn, mandolin, fiddle, guitar.

Emmylou Harris and the Red Dirt Boys: Emmylou Harris, guitar and vocals; Chris Donohue, bass; Phil Madeira, accordion, guitar, vocals
Heather Masse, vocalist [Wailin’ Jennys]
Aoife O’Donovan, vocalist and guitar
Sam Bush, vocals, mandolin, fiddle
Stuart Duncan, fiddle, banjo

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  1. 18 Responses to “LEVON HELM TRIBUTE 2012”

  2. i would think they could have gotten a hell of a lot better line up of musicians than this for a tribute to this man. im not saying the ones on here are not worthwhile but when u consider the roster of people on say the last waltz and the many many people who have played with levon over the last 50 years.. for this to be all there is in a tribute.. thats disgusting.

    By darth on Apr 28, 2012

  3. Darth, let’s hope that schedules were the fly in the tribute ointment, and this will simply be the first of many tributes.

    By 4yrsnojob on Apr 28, 2012

  4. Levon and his band was scheduled to play the Jazz Fes next Saturday 5/5. from what I’m hearing the band is still showing up and playing and with all the musicians at the festival you just know it’s going to turn into a tribute with who know’s going to show up. Should be a good one.

    By Mel on Apr 28, 2012

  5. there was no reason to rush this tribute if they couldnt arrange for the people they wanted to get or if people werent available etc. theres plenty of time. there was no rush. a tribute to levon could happen this month or next etc. what would have been important would be to have gotten as many names to show their feelings thoughts and expressions in song. this particular tribute was done consciously with him in mind for a purpose. that being said i think it sucks. i cant find anything on this worth downloading personally unless someone who knows my tastes tells me otherwise.
    if the jazz fest does happen to have a decent tribute to him lets hope that we get to hear/dl it.

    By darth on Apr 28, 2012

  6. I think this was spontaneous and not a throw together… the man had only passed, not 24 hours earlier.. have some respect. There will be many many more to come.

    By Woodstock on Apr 28, 2012

  7. Hey Darth. Quit picking through Mick’s trash and join the human race. This is a weekly show. The show being booted here was scheduled months in advance to be held at the Ryman. Per the creator and host of the show, Garrison Keilor, it was decided by the artists to pay tribute to their friend who was gravely ill. His untimely passing made it more moving. Sometimes we need to appreciate things for what they are than rudely demand what we want!

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Apr 29, 2012

  8. darth minded i say get a life

    By david on Apr 29, 2012

  9. this isnt about me getting a life. thats just ignorant.
    to tell me to quit picking thru micks trash is extremely ignorant. i dont pick thru micks trash u ignorant idiot. i didnt demand what i wanted here. u totally missed the point in everything i said. but one need only read what u said here to see that that isnt a surprising thing to find.

    By darth on Apr 29, 2012

  10. Emmylou in fine voice as always. Thanks for the music, BIGO!

    By Tuna Fan on Apr 29, 2012

  11. Have to agree that this was clearly a performance, pre-arranged, that ended up dedicated to someone the performers cared about.
    No insult was ever intended, none was given, nor should any be read into it.
    There will surely be tribute concerts arranged, and they will surely include a full roster of folk who performed with the great man. This line-up certainly should never be seen as a slight to LH’s memory.

    By tony on Apr 29, 2012

  12. I’m with Johnny Kinkdom, this show is a “tribute” only because Levon died a short time before it aired. Darth, if you want some cheese to go with your whine, check Mick & John’s dumpsters.

    By Gianni Guitar on Apr 29, 2012

  13. This wasn’t a tribute performance for Levon. This was some performers on a gig that had nothing to do with Levon playing a couple of tunes in memory of a fallen friend, kind of like the hundreds of bluegrass bands who played an extra Bill Monroe tune or two on their Saturday night gig the week the Big Mon died.

    It’s a sweet thing for those of us who appreciate it to have access to. If you don’t like it don’t download it, but I don’t understand what you think you’re contributing by crapping all over the discussion thread.

    By drkrick on Apr 30, 2012

  14. dear darth i think you have the wrong david ive got no idea about micks trash all i said was opps dont want to have you calling me names again im only interested in the music keep your crap to youself open your mind and the love will flow

    By david on May 1, 2012

  15. I think it was more a last minute idea to play some songs associated with Levon… For Chrissakes, “Prairie Home Companion” is a weekly radio show and I’d guess the broadcast from the Ryman was already scheduled months earlier.

    With Levon ill, and then dying, a decision was made on the fly to pay tribute to the man. What’s the problem with that?

    Are you saying that Emmylou Harris, a true legend herself who also PERFORMED IN THE LAST WALTZ MOVIE isn’t any good? Whatever,man… Like Levon, she’s got a voice like an angel. Also, Sam Bush is considered to be one of the greats of Bluegrass.

    By Shaun on May 3, 2012

  16. I believe Shaun is correct on all counts–the original announcement from Prairie Home Companion regarding the artist line-up for their 21 April show (exactly the same as the line-up on the show as broadcast) came out before Levon’s passing and (of course) it makes no mention of a Levon Helm tribute. Sam Bush is one of the Bluegrass greats . . . and Emmylou does indeed have a voice like an angel!

    By Rick on May 7, 2012

  17. This a regular PBS broadcast by Garrison Kieler and he used the opportunity to pay tribute to Levon with whoever was already scheduled on the show and anyone else who might have showed - but it was not a preplanned event for Levon, it would seem.

    By the dave on May 12, 2012

  18. This show was scheduled months in advance. Both Sam Bush and Emmylou knew and had played with Levon. They played a couple of songs in tribute to Levon. I was there and it was respectful and moving.The musicians and the sound in the Ryman were fantastic.

    By Brian on May 22, 2012

  19. Thanks for this awesome soundboard recording.

    By Rintesh Roy on Jan 10, 2014

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