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On October 3, 2012, I was lucky enough to go to “Love for Levon” at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ.  The show that the performers dubbed a “love-in” was a “benefit to save the barn.”

Levon Helm passed this April at the age of 71, and since then, there has been an effort to save his barn in Woodstock, NY that serves as a recording studio and now the home of The Levon Helm Dirt Farmer Band.

I was truly amazed by how intimate the night was: the crowd sang along quietly, the transition between artists (mind you, every song featured a new performer) was seamless, the emotion and respect from every single artist was sincere and heartfelt.  I couldn’t break down for you a favorite moment, but I wish Amy Helm could sing me lullibyes every night, Grace Potter has pipes that will blow you off your feet, Ray LaMontagne could just whisper and still make me cry, John Mayer isn’t a douche (when he jams on his guitar), I have a new respect for the country boys, Roger Waters is the man, and The Weight should close every bar in America.

Thanks, b.

1.  The Shape I’m In – Warren Haynes
2.  Long Black Veil – Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes
3.  Trouble in Mind – Jorma Kaukonen, Barry Mitterhoff
4.  This Wheel’s On Fire – The Levon Helm Band
5.  Little Birds – The Dirt Farmer Band
6.  Move Along Train – Mavis Staples
7.  Life is a Carnival – Allen Toussaint
8.  When I Paint My Masterpiece – John Prine, Garth Hudson
9.  Anna Lee – Bruce Hornsby, Amy Helm, Larry
10.  I Ain’t Got No Home – Jakob Dylan
11. Whispering Pines – Lucinda Williams
12.  Rag Mama Rag – John Haitt, Mike Gordon (of Phish)

1. Don’t Do It – David Bromberg and Joan Osborn:
I Shall Be Released with Grace Potter
2.  Tears of Rage – Ray LaMontagne, John Mayer
3.  Rocking Chair – Dierks Bently
4.  Chest Fever – Dierk Bently, Garth Hudson
5.  A Train Robbery – Eric Church
6.  Get Up Jake – Eric Church
7.  Tennessee Jed – John Mayer, Larry Campbell
8.  Up on Cripple Creek – Joe Walsh, Robert Randolph
9.  Ophelia – My Morning Jacket
10.  It Makes No Difference – My Morning Jacket
11.  Wide River to Cross – Roger Waters, Amy Helm
12.  The Weight – everyone
The Weight – everyone


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