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Levon Helm Wins 2012 Grammy Award for Best Americana Album

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Levon Helm won the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Americana Album Sunday in Los Angeles for ‘Ramble at the Ryman’ — the third Grammy in four years for the former drummer  and singer of the Band. The live album bested other releases by Linda Chorney, Ry Cooder, Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris.

‘Ramble at the Ryman’ documents a live gig at Nashville, Tenn.’s legendary Ryman Auditorium — a sort of home away from home for Helm, who holds weekly live “Midnight Ramble” jam sessions during part of the year at his farm in upstate New York. Former Bob Dylan guitarist Larry Campbell acted as band leader and arranger on the album, which was recorded in 2008 and released last year.

Helm previously won Best Americana album for his ‘Dirt Farmer’ and ‘Electric Dirt’ albums, which dropped in 2007 and 2009, respectively. Ironically, his Midnight Rambles have been known to feature Emmylou Harris, whom he beat for this most recent Grammy.

Unfortunately, Helm recently returned home from the hospital after a successful “medical procedure” and was unable to attend the Grammys. Helm’s manager tells The Time Herald-Record he’s doing “great” after unspecified operation.

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