The Ramble Gramble: Members of ALO, Tea Leaf Green, Railroad Earth, Mother Hips and More Pay Tribute to Levon Helm
Earlier this month one of the many creative workshops that took place at the High Sierra Music Festival was a tribute to Levon Helm dubbed “The Ramble Gramble” in which bassist Steve Adams of ALO brought together a number of his musical friends to tackle classics from The Band’s live repertoire. We’ve been on the look out for footage from The Ramble Gramble and finally hit pay dirt thanks to YouTuber Elk Solana.
1. Rag Mama Rag
Railroad Earth drummer Carey Harmon handles vocals on this chestnut off The Brown Album, while his band mate John Skehan contributes the song’s signature mandolin licks. Other contributors to this Rag Mama Rag include ALO guitarist Lebo on pedal steel, Bonnie Paine of Elephant Revival on washboard, Tim Carbone and Andy Goessling of RRE on fiddle and sax respectively, Steve Adams of ALO on bass, Tea Leaf Green’s Trevor Garrod on keys and ALO drummer Dave Brogan on the second drum kit.
Tea Leaf Green’s Trevor Garrod and Josh Clark led the house band through one of Levon’s all-time favorites which makes sense as TLG has been covering The Band classic for years. Joining the pair in laying down this Ophelia are Goessling, Adams, Huckle’s Simon Kurth, Marco Benevento, Carbone, Skehan and Brogan.
3. Mystery Train
And finally here’s the blues standard Mystery Train as performed by ALO’s Lebo, Zach Gill and Brogan with The Mother Hips front man Tim Bluhm, Tea Leaf Green’s Garrod and Reed Mathis and drummer Johnny Vidacovich.