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Levon Helm Reunites with Allen Toussaint

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Levon Helm enlisted his old friend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Allen Toussaint to join the Levon Helm Band in arranging two covers - Randy Newman's “Kingfish" and Billy Taylor's “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free" - for Helm's new album 'Electric Dirt, ' out June 30.

Helm claims he has wanted to record the latter since hearing Nina Simone's version in 1967 - and he has known Toussaint for almost as long.

Toussaint first worked with The Band on 1971's Cahoots, on which he arranged the New Orleans-style horns for “Life Is a Carnival." They followed up that successful collaboration with an extended partnership for 1972's double-live album 'Rock of Ages.'

The Levon Helm Band horns are Jay Collins (tenor sax), Steve Bernstein (trumpet), Clark Gayton (trombone), Howard Johnson (tuba), and Erik Lawrence (soprano saxophone).

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