Hear Amy Helm perform on the mountain stage: NPR
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Amy Helm was born into roots music royalty in Woodstock, NY as the daughter of The Band’s late Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Levon Helm and acclaimed singer-songwriter and actress Libby Titus. The mountain-carved and soul-filled artist carried on the family tradition, wandering and swaying in this new and old way ever since.
As a multi-instrumentalist in the group Ollabelle, which formed from the Sunday gospel sessions after 9/11 in New York City, Helm performed Mountain stage thrice. In July 2021, she made her second appearance as a solo artist, bringing with her a group of aces to share the gifts of her third solo album, What the flood leaves behind.
Helm, who still often hosts the intimate and always sold-out Midnight Ramble shows at Helm’s Barn where she recorded her latest record, said it was nice to be back among other artists and an audience. on Mountain stage. “I just want to say how amazing it is to be back at Mountain stage and to be surrounded and inspired by so many amazing performers, ”said Helm, winking at the other guests as she closed the show.
- “Wear it alone”
- “Cotton and cane”
- “Sweet mom”
- “Verse 23”
Helm, who was in a few groups with his late father, The Barn Burners and the Midnight Ramble Band, also co-produced his father’s Grammy-winning album in 2008. Land farmer. She came to Mountain stage loaded with a star group that included legendary pianist Cliff Carter (who has performed with everyone from James Taylor to Paul Simon) and Adam Levy, who has played guitar on Norah Jones’ first three albums.
Noted by host Kathy Mattea for “the sheer honesty and depth of her voice,” Helm hit the hardest during the set singing songs closest to the bone like “Cotton and the Cane,” written with the venerable Mary Gauthier, on growing up in nature. of a home and city of the music industry. “This song is about being young and surrounded by so many beautiful souls who have been totally caught up in the grip of addiction,” Helm told the audience. “As a middle aged mother, I am able to sing about it with a lot of hope and recovery.”
Helm ended with another redemption song, “Verse 23”, which MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger wrote for Helm. “It’s a beautiful song to hear as we come out of a year with such isolation and such issues,” Helm said. “The chorus is not only about surviving and going through something difficult, but relying on your community and your people, and giving your love and accepting love in return.”