Levon Helm Rambles with Larry Campbell at the Apple Store
Last night, Larry Campbell played a free show at New Yorks SoHo Apple Store as part of the New York Guitar Festival. The longtime Bob Dylan/Phil Lesh sideman opened his hour performance with a pair of self-described instrumental country rags with standup bassist Lincoln Schleifer, before inviting out his wife Teresa Williams, Ollabelles Amy Helm and legendary Band drummer Levon Helm for a set of stripped down Americana. Similar to one of Helms Midnight Rambles, the quintet ran through the familiar mix of country, folk, gospel and rock, including nods to Carl Perkins, George Jones and Aretha Franklin. In addition to a handful of his own compositions, Campbell also led Schleifer, Williams and the younger Helm through a cover of the Grateful Deads Attics Of My Life, which he described as his favorite song The Dead ever recorded. At the end of the night, the ensemble returned to play a version of Got Me A Woman from Helms 2007 comeback disc, The Dirt Farmer, for which the Band drummer moved to the front of the stage to play mandolin, while his daughter took over behind the kit.