Ramble at the Ryman

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  • Summary: Levon Helm releases a live album from his 2008 Nashville show featuring songs from The Band, as well as original songs and rock covers.
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  • Record Label: Vanguard
  • Genre(s): Blues, Folk-Rock, Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll, Roots Rock, Country-Rock, Psychedelic/Garage
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A Train Robbery
The full moon touched the cold steel lines The rail bed was frozen with ice In the distance an engine was keepin' good time The steam whistle moaned... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. May 17, 2011
    On live disc Ramble at the Ryman, with a characteristically exuberant blend of rock, blues, country, and folk, Helm proves himself once again to be one of our most vibrant conservators of traditional Americana.
  2. May 17, 2011
    Levon Helm's "Midnight Rambles" in Woodstock, N.Y., have become nearly as legendary as Helm. Occasionally, he takes the party to larger venues, as evidenced by this fabulous live CD.
  3. May 17, 2011
    mble at the Ryman may not be the same as hearing Levon Helm play for a few dozen guests at his studio--or for a few thousand fans at one of America's most venerable venues--but it captures a living legend on-stage proving he doesn't have to rest on his laurels to win applause, and this is a hell of a party coming from a guy well past retirement age.
  4. The vibe is convivial. And though the great man can't put his cancer-strangled voice to every number, he can still swing the nuts off a Slingerland kit in between chesting a nifty mandolin.
  5. Uncut
    Jun 3, 2011
    Nashville is clearly a home away from home, though, as this set from September 2008 proves. [Jul 2011, p.92]
  6. Q Magazine
    Jun 8, 2011
    The voice may be more Grandpa Simpson than Grand Ole Opry these days, but the spirit on Ramble At The Ryman live set is unbeatable. [July 2011, p. 106]
  7. May 17, 2011
    Both the chestnuts and The Band selections here sound best in their original versions (partly due to the diminished power of Levon's voice after his bout with throat cancer). But his singing brims with spirit, and he and his cohorts deliver these mostly vintage tunes with gusto.

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