Levon Helm | Quick Hits

Rock legend Levon Helm (1941-2012) — the drummer and a lead singer for The Band — is batting 1,000 at the Grammys. Last month, when his "Ramble at the Ryman" won Best Americana Album, he made it three in a row — three nominations, three wins — following Grammy Awards for his two previous albums, "Dirt Farmer" (2007) and "Electric Dirt" (2009). Not bad for a 71-year-old survivor of throat cancer, who had once lost his voice completely.

Right up until his passing in April 2012, Levon Helm presided over what he called "midnight rambles" — concerts in his Woodstock, N.Y. barn, where he was surrounded by musical friends and family, including his daughter, singer Amy Helm. His voice may be raspy, but his energetic drumming and high-beam smile could warm the coldest winter night. Following rousing versions of "The Weight" and "Ophelia," Helm invited Marco Werman into his house for after midnight conversation, which would turn out to be one of his last interviews.

Visit Levon Helm's website for information about Midnight Ramble band members. Visit the Steep Canyon Rangers site for more.

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