I remember meeting Levon and Garth at the Lonestar Roadhouse in the early ’90s when when my good friends Matt and Craig Dreyer played an acoustic Dreyer Brothers set before both the early and late shows of The Band. Like everyone else, I remember how nice Levon was.
Fifteen years later, I met him at The Beacon Theatre on St. Patrick’s Day when a good friend brought me back stage after the show. My friend Catherine Russell was singing with his band at that time. I got to engage them both in conversation briefly. And still he was just a wonderful and sweet smiling man. They don’t make them like Levon anymore. Not musicians who are complete masters of their trade, can sing like he did for so many years and most importantly, completely understand the HISTORY of the music. If you’ve never read Greil Marcus’ Mystery Train, now is the perfect time. And when you are done, you will know that the loss of this kind man from Arkansas will be felt by many lovers of the music near and far.
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