Photo: Paul LaRaiaThe Levon Helm estate has announced that The Levon Helm Band - Midnight Ramble Sessions Volume 3 will be released November 20. Volume 2 of the live compilation series -- recorded at the Midnight Ramble series of jams at that were held at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, New York -- was released six years ago. Helm's daughter Amy, who is recording her debut solo CD, told Rolling Stone of Helm's Rambles, "He wanted to build an environment where music was holding its rightful place. If he'd had his way, he would have had the Ramble every night. He always said that."
Amy Helm also explained that her father's battle with throat cancer inspired the Ramble sessions. "He walked through a lot of real dark ***** when he first got sick," says Amy. "There was nobody around, no scene, no Ramble. He was really walking through bankruptcy and illness. He always had the support and love of the community here, but in terms of building something, he really started from scratch with Jimmy Vivino and Larry Campbell and some others."
Volume 3 will feature Allen Toussaint and Chris Robinson from The Black Crowes. "Love for Levon," an all-star concert benefiting the estate, will be performed October 3 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Guests will include Roger Waters, Gregg Allman, John Mayer, Mavis Staples, Joe Walsh and Bruce Hornsby.
Meanwhile, Rolling Stone is streaming a performance of Levon Helm singing "Same Thing" from Midnight Ramble Sessions Volume 3.
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