Levon Helm – Electric Dirt (Vanguard / EMI Music Canada)

Levon.jpgAs Levon Helm approaches his 70th birthday, he thankfully shows no sign of slowing down as Electric Dirt is a relatively quick follow-up to 2007’s beautiful acoustic record Dirt Farmer.

Upbeat rootsy numbers like Tennesee Jed and When I Go Away blend well with the blues side of his work on You Can’t Lose What You Never Had and his cover of Move Along Train. In my opinion, Helm’s Bluegrass-country influenced songs like White Dove and Heaven’s Pearls is where he really shines with the latter recalling what made Band tracks like The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down so compelling to listen to in the first place.

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