By: Jeff Perlman Editor-in-Chief
Amy Helm turned heads a few years back with the catchy song “Rescue Me” which earned some airplay and positive reviews.
Fans of her father, the legendary Levon Helm of The Band, heard hints of his influence in her music.
That’s no surprise since the two collaborated frequently and successfully late in Levon’s career.
Amy is out with a new album “This Too Shall Light”— her Yep Roc Records debut. She will be performing at Boca Raton’s Funky Biscuit on April 13 in support of the new record.
Comprised of 10 songs produced by GRAMMY-winning producer and songwriter Joe Henry, Helm left her home and comfort zone of Woodstock, NY, choosing to record in Los Angeles within the confines of just a four-day window.
Only the second album under her own name, it serves as a comprehensive portrait covering her life’s journeys and recoveries; they’re the stories that, no matter where they take her, seem to end and begin in the same place like a circle.
Fans who venture to Funky Biscuit can expect to see a seasoned performer who honed her chops playing with a variety of legends over the years.
In 2004, she and her father built the Midnight Ramble concerts at his home in Woodstock, NY. The concerts began as a casual party and grew into a Woodstock institution, featuring artists such as Emmylou Harris, Allen Toussaint, Elvis Costello, Phil Lesh, and many others.
Growing out of the midnight rambles, Levon Helm recorded his first album in 25 years, Dirt Farmer, which was produced by Amy and Larry Campbell. Dirt Farmer went on to win the Grammy award for Best Traditional Folk Album in February 2008. In 2009, they recorded Electric Dirt, which won the first ever Grammy award for Best Americana Album, an inaugural category, in 2010. She also was a part of the live album Ramble At The Ryman, recorded in 2008 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The live album won the 2012 Grammy award for Best Americana Album.
Helm has extensive credits as a background vocalist and whistler on records by artists such as Steely Dan, Mercury Rev, Linda Thompson, William Bell, Rich Robinson, and Rosanne Cash.
The new album has garnered excellent reviews and Helm has embarked on a short tour of classic venues to showcase her new material.
Funky Biscuit is one of two Florida dates, with an earlier show in St. Augustine.
Tickets range from $30-$50. For more information visit www.funkybiscuit.com