Mr. Helm gave his drums a muffled, bottom-heavy sound that placed them in the foundation of the arrangements, and his tom-toms were tuned so that their pitch would bend downward as the tone faded. Mr. Helm didn’t call attention to himself. Three bass-drum thumps at the start of one of the Band’s anthems, “The Weight,” were all that he needed to establish the song’s gravity.Beautiful. So sorry to lose this man.
April 19, 2012
"Levon Helm, who helped to forge a deep-rooted American music as the drummer and singer for the Band..."
"... died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 71 and lived in Woodstock, N.Y."