Levon Helm.

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He was a class act. I was a fortunate fool. I had the pleasure of crossing paths with Levon Helm more than once.  Every time, there was an infectious smile, a genuine thumbs-up, and to hear him greet me by name, thinking he actually remembered it, was something I'll never forget.

He let people in, every week, to watch something extraordinary.  A few times, he even let some jokers on stage to play songs, and for that, I am forever grateful.  Those experiences not only helped me grow as a musician & performer, but they also taught me a thing or two about humility.

Regardless what lies ahead for me, standing an arms length away and watching Levon Helm drive one of the tightest bands in music will go down as a cherished, life changing experience.  From my outsider's perspective, this man had a profound effect on me, and I think that's as good a testament to his character as any.  At this moment I can only think about those who were closest to him, and what they're going through. All I can offer is a heartfelt thanks to the man they know so well, for leaving such an impression on me.  I can certainly say, you are the company you keep, and it appeared to me, that Levon surrounded himself with the very best.

Carla Scott and I shared that stage (along with a few other wonderful people) and so I thought it would be fitting to pay tribute to Levon with her.   This is a Buddy Miller song called "Wide River To Cross" that also appeared on Levon's Grammy winning album, Dirt Farmer. 

Blessed to have known him. Thank you, Levon.

-M