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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Levon Helm: Still on the Road

Favorite story of the day, from The Daily Freeman,  newspaper in Kingston, N.Y.   It's a three-mile stretch of road that I know well (though not near Big Pink).  "The Town Board has endorsed a proposal to name Route 375 in Woodstock and Hurley for the late musician  Levon Helm. 

"The resolution was approved during a Tuesday meeting at which town leaders said Helm contributed to the community with benefit concerts for such causes as music education. 'Levon gave numerous concerts to benefit the Onteora school music program, even going so far as to make available to the marching band drumming corps his studio for practice,' the resolution stated. 'Levon, as part of his world-renowned Midnight Rambles, collected and made contributions to area organizations such as Toys for Tots, the Ulster County SPCA and to area soup kitchens.'

"Helm, a multiple Grammy Award winner and longtime Woodstock resident, died April 19, 2012, at age 71 after battling throat cancer. He gained fame with The Band in the 1960s and 1970s — as a dummer, singer andmandolin player — but it was the star-studded Midnight Ramble concert series in the barn studio at his Plochmann Lane home that endeared him to people across many generations."

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