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Levon Helm

One of the highlights of the King Biscuit Fest is a "Midnight Ramble," held on a riverboat and featuring Levon Helm, a bunch of his Arkansas buddies, and harmonica legend James Cotton. Helm grew up in Turkey Scratch, just outside of West Helena, and used to come into town to sit at the feet of the King Biscuit Show's musicians as they broadcast. He went on to be the wailing voice and solid drummer of the Band, the group that arguably invented the whole concept of American roots music back in the 1960s, after a stint as Bob Dylan's backing band.
       Every year, Helm comes home to play the King Biscuit Fest, sometimes with his Band mates and sometimes with the Cate Brothers, a group of hometown friends. This year, he is joined by James Cotton, who came up in Muddy Waters's band and became one of the trendsetting Chicago harmonica players and bandleaders, in a set that ranges from traditional blues jams to Band hits like "Up on Cripple Creek" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down."

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