By: Gary Graff
The all-star Love For Levon benefit concert held last October in East Rutherford, N.J., will be released on March 19, featuring performances by Roger Waters, Joe Walsh, the Allman Brothers Band's Gregg Allman and Warren Haynes, Jefferson Airplane's Jorma Kaukonen, and Garth Hudson, the late Levon Helm's groupmate in The Band.
The concert was executive produced by Keith Wortman, while Don Was, who previously teamed with Wortman on and the We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash concert, and the Levon Helm Band's Larry Campbell served as co-musical directors.
The assorted singers worked with a mix of Helm's band and an all-star group assembled by Was, and the 27-song set list is heavy on Band favorites, including a full-cast version of "The Weight" that closed the night.
"Love For Levon" will be released in several configurations, including CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray digipaks. Proceeds will help to maintain the Levon Helm Studio in Woodstock, N.Y., and continue the series of Midnight Ramble Sessions concerts there.
"Love For Levon" will also air February 17 on AXS-TV (formerly HDNet) and will be broadcast on PBS during its spring pledge drive. The full tracklisting for "Love For Levon" includes:
1. "The Shape I’m In" / Warren Haynes with the All Star Band and Rami Jaffee
2. "Long Black Veil" / Gregg Allman and Warren Haynes with the All Star Band
3. "Trouble in Mind" / Jorma Kaukonen and Barry Mitterhoff with Larry Campbell, Justin Guip, Byron Isaacs and Jaimoe
4. "This Wheel’s on Fire" / The Levon Helm Band with Shawn Pelton
5. "Little Birds" / Larry Campbell, Justin Guip, Amy Helm, Byron Isaacs and Teresa Williams
6. "Listening to Levon" / Marc Cohn with the Levon Helm Band and Greg Leisz
7. "Move Along Train" / Mavis Staples with the Levon Helm Band
8. "Life Is a Carnival" / Allen Toussaint with the Levon Helm Band and Jaimoe
9. "When I Paint My Masterpiece" / John Prine and Garth Hudson with the Levon Helm Band and Joan Osborne
10. "Anna Lee" / Bruce Hornsby with Larry Campbell, Amy Helm and Teresa Williams
11. "Ain’t Got No Home" / Jakob Dylan with the All Star Band and Rami Jaffee
12. "Whispering Pines" / Lucinda Williams with the All Star Band and Rami Jaffee
13. "Rag Mama Rag" / John Hiatt with the All Star Band and Mike Gordon
14. "Don’t Do It" / David Bromberg and Joan Osborne with the All Star Band
15. "I Shall Be Released" / Grace Potter with Don Was and Matt Burr
16. "Tears of Rage" / Ray LaMontagne and John Mayer with the All Star Band
17. "Rockin’ Chair" / Dierks Bentley with the All Star Band, Jessi Alexander and Jon Randall
18. "Chest Fever" / Dierks Bentley and Garth Hudson with the All Star Band, Jessi Alexander and Jon Randall
19. "A Train Robbery" / Eric Church with the All Star Band
20. "Get Up Jake" / Eric Church with the All Star Band
21. "Tennessee Jed" / John Mayer with the All Star Band and Steve Jordan
22. "Up on Cripple Creek" / Joe Walsh and Robert Randolph with the All Star Band
23. "Ophelia" / My Morning Jacket
24. "It Makes No Difference" / My Morning Jacket
25. "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" / Roger Waters, My Morning Jacket and G. E.
26. "Wide River to Cross" / Roger Waters and G. E. Smith with the All Star Band
27. Encore: "The Weight" / All performers
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