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Vocal rest for Levon Helm continues

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 – Levon Helm, who released his second solo album, "Electric Dirt" in June, was ordered to remain on vocal rest following removal of a lesion on his vocal chords.

A biopsy was done and revealed the lesion was not cancerous, according to his label's publicist. "Levon has been placed on strict vocal rest in order for him to heal," according to a label publicist. "The good news is that Levon WILL sing again following vigorous work with his vocal coach and the support of his family, friends and the incredible loyalty of his dedicated fans!"

Helm lost his voice earlier this summer while on tour. Doctors discovered a lesion on his vocal cords and attributed it to acid reflux. The lesion was then removed via laser.

Helm has continued touring. He and his band members, Larry Campbell, Jim Weider, Amy Helm, Teresa Williams, Brian Mitchell, Erik Lawrence, Howard Johnson, Clark Gayton, Jay Collins, Byron Isaacs and Steven Bernstein continue to perform at his weekly 'midnight ramble concerts. The band continues on their various tour stops including this week's performance at the Austin City Limits Festival on Oct. 3.

Helm and Larry Campbell recently taped a performance on Elvis Costello's Spectacle show, which will air on the Sundance Channel in January. On Oct. 9, he will be performing on Don Imus' new show on the Fox Business Network.

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Electric Dirt CD review - Electric Dirt
Even when he was a young man, before the years and the ailments, Levon Helm's vocals sounded like they were from a bygone era. It was a voice to make you believe that medicine shows still traveled the earth. That wonderful, weathered instrument is the rustic heart of this new record, just as Helm's ageless drumming is its heartbeat. And despite a title that suggests a more modern program than 2007's "Dirt Farmer," the songs, like their vessel, are mostly from another time. »»»
Dirt Farmer CD review - Dirt Farmer
Levon Helm's music has always been firmly rooted in early American music well past the Carters and Stanleys. This embraces this heritage in its selections of traditional and contemporary Americana. As its title implies, "Dirt Farmer" is earthy with a raw and vital energy. It is Helm's valentine to life and the music that continues to sustain him. Helm explains in the liner notes his interest in revisiting some traditional songs he grew up playing, including "Little »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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