Dirt Farmer

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Levon Helm
Dirt Farmer

[ Vanguard Records / CD ]

Release Date: Monday 12 November 2007

'Dirt Farmer' - the first studio recording in 25 years from the legendary singer and musician from The Band - won "Best Traditional Folk album" at the 2008 Grammy Awards.

It's a major landmark on a remarkable journey for Levon Helm. "The last few years have proven to me that we truly live in an age of miracles," writes Levon in the poignant liner notes. After arduous treatments for throat cancer that took away his singing voice and a fire that consumed over eighty percent of his recording studio, Helm was amazed to find both restored.

On 'Dirt Farmer', Helm pays tribute to his family, singing traditional songs that he learned growing up in rural Arkansas. He also covers songs by Steve Earle and J.B. Lenoir; full of Dobros, mandolins and acoustic guitars, the album resonates deeply, honoring Levon's roots.

Multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan, Lyle Lovett, Solomon Burke) and Levon's daughter Amy, also a member of Ollabelle, produced and shepherded the project at "The Barn," Levon Helm Studios. Levon himself plays drums, mandolin, and acoustic guitar and provides all lead vocals. Buddy and Julie Miller guest

"Helm's drawling howl is heavy with the outrage and sorrow of someone with a deep connection to the land and those who live by it."
- Rolling Stone

"This is Levon's best solo album without question. It's as good as anything that any of them have done since 'The Last Waltz' ".
- Band orator Peter Viney

Tracks:

1. False Hearted Lover Blues
2. Poor Old Dirt Farmer
3. The Mountain
4. Little Birds
5. The Girl I Left Behind
6. Calvary
7. Anna Lee
8. Got Me a Woman
9. A Train Robbery
10. Single Girl, Married Girl
11. The Blind Child
12. Feelin' Good
13. Wide River to Cross