Greg Schmidt and I went to the Ramble in Woodstock on Friday night, on what would have been Levon Helm‘s 77th birthday. Another fabulous show: Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Bryan Mitchell, Amy Helm, Jim Weider, Jay Collins, Steve Bernstein, Eric Lawrence, Shawn Pelton and Jacob Silver were joined by many special guests, including Billy Payne, Marco Benvenutto, Cindy Cashdollar, Conor Kennedy, and Catherine Russell. A great show. Very happy to have attended.
Dave Jensen and I went to the Midnight Ramble on Saturday, and we had a great time. It was a slightly different show, at least for us. The opening act was Steve Forbert, who was amiable and emotive and entertaining. Then the Midnight Ramble Band came on and did maybe 8 or 10 songs–“This Wheel’s On Fire,” “The Shape I’m In,” “Atlantic City,” “Good news,” “Tango of Love,” “Mystery Train,” “Dirt Farmer,” “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning” (Teresa Williams!) maybe a couple more, crowd-pleasers every one. They were then joined by Stax recording legend William Bell, a smooth soul crooner of the old school, who did about a dozen numbers, possibly best known of which was “You Don’t Miss You’re Water,” and “Born Under a Bad Sign,” which was very exciting as he gave each band ember about 30 seconds to solo. Electrifying!