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A note from The Jayhawks on the passing of Levon Helm

A note from The Jayhawks on the passing of Levon Helm

 

The Band was possibly the biggest influence on the group that became known as The Jayhawks, inspiring us to start making music that we hoped might one day stand close, if not next, to a group that we all loved and respected. Levon and The Band inspired us to embrace "traditional" music while never being afraid to break the rules along the way. Hell, we even named our band "The Jayhawks" as a nod to their original name "The Hawks," a fact made clear to him as we stood backstage watching his daughter play at a venue in Woodstock about 10 years ago. I got the impression that he had never heard of us but it didn't really matter - We had met the great Levon Helm! He was one of the most important players in what became known as the "band's band." We spent countless hours passing the time on those early long van tours listening to cassettes of Bob Dylan & The Band and the Band's post-Dylan records. As Levon now joins his former Band mates – and our heroes – Rick Danko and Richard Manuel, we can only pass on our condolences to his wife, daughter and the rest of the Helm family.

 

 

Love from The Jayhawks to one of our all-time heroes