Word has reached us tonight that the great Levon Helm is in the last stages of death. Levon played drums and sang with The Band in the heyday of 60’s and 70’s rock and roll, doing the smartest and most sophisticated music of almost anyone (not to mention serving as the godfathers of Americana.) Backing up Bob Dylan, they were simply “the band” and they were driven by Levon’s drumming and his soulful vocals. Yes, Levon and Robbie Robertson might have experienced some tensions. But history was made by those guys and it would not have been the same without Levon. Mr. Helm learned of his throat cancer a decade ago but continued to make music by himself and with his huge crowd of friends and fans. We’ll honor Levon this afternoon, pay him our sincerest respects and wish him Godspeed.
We’ve also got a special set devoted to a bright member of the next generation of musicians – Jack White, who has a new record coming out in the next few weeks. It is a good time to take a look at Jack’s work over the last 20 years – as a member of the White Stripes, the Raconteurs, his solo work, his movie work and his brilliant productions of the previous generation, including Loretta Lynn and Wanda Jackson.
We’ll also have music from Ingrid Michaelson, Now,Now, Trampled by Turtles, Ray Wylie Hubbard and we’re going to close with my favorite song from Bonnie Raitt’s new Slipstream – the Joe Henry penned “God Only Knows.”
This and more this afternoon from Great River Radio.
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Brian and Dan
South of the River-Ray Wylie Hubbard
Midnight On The Interstate-Trampled by Turtles
All The Rowboats-Regina Spektor
Seven Nation Army-The White Stripes
Icky Thump-The White Stripes
Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn-The White Stripes
Steady As She Goes-The Raconteurs
Sittin’ On Top Of The World-Jack White
Portland Oregon-Loretta Lynn
Thunder On The Mountain-Wanda Jackson
Love Interruption-Jack White
Don’t Do It (Baby Don’t You Do It)-The Band
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down-The Band
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free-Levon Helm
Listening To Levon-Marc Cohn
God Only Knows-Bonnie Raitt