Electric Dirt from Levon Helm
Former Band singer/drummer Levon Helm will release his second solo album on June 30. Like Dirt Farmer, Helms latest disc Electric Dirt was recorded at the drummers Woodstock barn and produced by longtime collaborator Larry Campbell, ‘Our objective here was to take the honesty, innocence and purity of the Dirt Farmer record which represents a true element of what Levon is all about but also expand on that and explore deeper the goldmine of Levon’s musical artistry, Campbell said in a statement. The album includes covers of The Grateful Dead’s ‘Tennessee Jed,’ Happy Traum’s ‘Golden Bird,’ Randy Newmans Kingfish, as well as originals like the new Helm/Campbell collaboration ‘Growing Trade. Allen Toussaint also lends his skills as an arranger.