Amy Helm ›
Although the personally charged, organically soulful Didn’t It Rain is her first release under her own name, Amy Helm has been making music for most of her life. She’s already won widespread praise as a singer, songwriter and live performer, first as a member of the celebrated altcountry collective Ollabelle and subsequently for her extensive work with her father, musical icon Levon Helm, who passed away in 2012.
She also resumed her musical collaboration with her father, singing and playing in his band, playing on and coproducing his Grammy winning 2007 comeback album Dirt Farmer, and helping to organize the nowlegendary Midnight Ramble concerts at Levon’s home studio in Woodstock, NY.
“He was the best teacher, in so many ways,” Amy says of her father. “He wasn’t interested in overthinking anything; all he cared about was playing music. He saw himself as a working musician, and it was serious business and it had to be right. Playing side by side with him in the Ramble band for ten years, and building those shows with him, really changed the way I approached things, and his humility influenced and shaped me as a musician, as it did everyone who played with him.”