My Morning Jacket, Danny Louis and Donald Fagen Ramble with Levon Helm
My Morning Jacket opened for Levon Helm last night. The performance took place right outside Woodstock, NY in Helm’s studio/performance space as part of his series of Midnight Rambles. In preparation for its multi-night run at Terminal 5—where the band will run through all five of its albums in their entirety—MMJ dusted off some earlier songs like “The Way That He Sings” and “Nashville To Kentucky.” The band also offered “Wonderful (The Way I Feel),” a song the band plans to record for its next studio record.
In addition to his steady touring band, Helm’s backing group included Steely Dan frontman Donald Fagen. The Woodstock-area resident is currently married to the mother of Helm’s daughter, Amy, and has regularly performed with The Band drummer over the past two years. In addition, Gov’t Mule keyboardist Danny Louis, who also lives in the area, sat in a various points throughout the night. As expected, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James joined The Levon Helm Band on The Band’s “It Makes No Difference,” a song MMJ recorded for a tribute album a few years ago. The members of My Morning Jacket also sat in on a sing-along version of “The Weight” that found Patrick Hallahan move from his drum kit to the microphone.
Jim James also joined Helm onstage in San Francisco this past August for an event tied to Outside Lands. MMJ will perform its first album The Tennessee Fire in its entirety at at Terminal 5 tomorrow.