Levon Helm, RIP


Levon Helm—drummer, mandolinist, and frequent singer for the Band—has passed away of cancer at age 71. This was probably his most famous performance…

…or maybe this was…

…but he sang a lot of other great songs as well. Here's a small selection:

The America in these records, writes Charles Pierce, was "the America of the tall tale, the underground history, the renegade, buccaneer country that belongs to all of us. Levon Helm told those stories….He was the true Voice of America, as far as I'm concerned."