Gospel & Christian

These two legends of soulful American music combined forces to record this live date back in 2011 (just a year before Helm passed away) and it is truly sublime. Her voice takes the lead throughout most of these 12 tracks, with Helm’s earthy harmonies backing her beautifully. The rootsy band numbers over a dozen musicians, including Levon Helm playing his perfectly simple style of groove on drums. The music isn’t flashy but it’s always solid, and the tune selection is excellent as well. Standout cuts include “This Is My Country” by Curtis Mayfield, and a powerful a capella version of gospel classic “Farther Along” by W.B. Stevens. A rousing rendition of The Band’s own masterpiece “The Weight” caps things off with a bang as Helm takes his only turn on lead vocals. A life affirming document from two monumental artists.

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