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Editors’ Notes

After surviving throat cancer, Levon Helm’s raspy Arkansas drawl sounds noticeably weathered on 2007’s Dirt Farmer, his first solo album since 1982. But what’s more apparent is the top-shelf songs that comprise this GRAMMY®-winning album (it took Best Traditional Folk Album in February of 2008). Mostly acoustic, it opens with a gritty cover of the old traditional tune “False Hearted Lover Blues” where Helm’s dusty croon and inimitable tight-but-somehow-loose drumming style are instantly recognizable from his tenure with the Band. Helm gives the Tracy Schwarz-penned title-track some subtle Cajun flavoring with droning accordions and ramshackle junkyard percussion banging and clanging under crisp fiddle tones. With ample help from his daughter Amy and Bob Dylan’s sideman Larry Campbell, they turn Steve Earle’s “The Mountain” into a hillbilly hymn. Buddy and Julie Miller chime-in on a closing cover of their Americana lullaby “Wide River to Cross.”

Customer Reviews

Classic Albulm

The drummer and sometimes front man for The Band displays his great talent in this last Grammy winning albulm before his death in 2012.


Good stuff Levon. rip

Levon’s Voice Speaks to Me

Levon’s music makes me want to put on my overalls and clodhopper shoes and dance with my wife under the stars. Still hoping iTunes offers up ‘American Son.'


Born: May 26, 1940 in Marvell, AR

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The longtime drummer for the Band, Levon Helm wore many musical hats throughout his long career, including multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, singer, impresario, studio owner, studio engineer, and producer. He grew up working on a farm in Arkansas; his first instrument was guitar, which he began playing at age eight, but after seeing the F.S. Walcott Rabbits Foot Minstrels, he decided to switch to drums. As a youth, Helm listened to the music of the area, including radio broadcasts of The Grand Ole...
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Dirt Farmer, Levon Helm
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Country, Southern Rock, Roots Rock
  • Released: Oct 30, 2007

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