Levon Helm brings Ramble to Americana fest
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
– Levon Helm will bring his Ramble on the Road to the Americana Music Festival and Conference for the opening night, Wednesday Sept. 17 with a show at the Ryman. Helms regularly holds the concerts in New York where he lives. The concert will feature Helms and guests.
This is the conference's first separate ticketed event. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, July 18th. Helm fan club and friends of the Americana Music Association can buy tickets in advance through Ticketmaster with a presale code of reunion 9. Tickets are $45 and $65.
The one year anniversary of Helm's first Ramble at the Ryman is July 18. It was Helm's first performance outside of New York since he had been diagnosed with cancer nearly a decade ago. That show featured guest performances by Sam Bush, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, John Hiatt, Buddy Miller and Ricky Skaggs.
The Ramble at the Ryman was followed by Helm's first album in 25 years, "Dirt Farmer." This album went on to win the Grammy award for 'Best Traditional Folk Album of the Year' and Helm also garnered an additional Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award for his work with The Band. Helm has also received three Americana Music Association nominations for Album of the Year/"Dirt Farmer," Artist of the Year/Levon Helm and Song of the Year/"Poor Old Dirt Farmer."
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