Rob Brunner
November 23, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Dirt Farmer

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Levon Helm
genre
Rock

We gave it a B+

Twenty-five years after his last studio album and nearly a decade after being diagnosed with throat cancer, The Band’s Levon Helm turns in a modestly charming album, Dirt Farmer, of 13 cover songs. Despite his health problems, Helm’s weathered twang remains remarkably intact. And while the song selection is a bit unadventurous, he seems right at home singing traditional bluegrass tunes like ”False Hearted Lover Blues,” as well as songs by Steve Earle and Buddy and Julie Miller, whose album-closing ”Wide River to Cross” could be a lost Band classic. B+
DOWNLOAD THIS: ”Wide River to Cross”

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