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Rock and Roam

Musical musings from New York and beyond

At home in New York City, or on the road (again), Anne Margaret Daniel loves live music, and she'll take you there.

Rock and Roam

Musical musings from New York and beyond

At home in New York City, or on the road (again), Anne Margaret Daniel loves live music, and she'll take you there.

Mavis at Levon's

Great piece, Ann Margaret. I just adore Mavis and look forward so much to seeing the film.

Five years ago I took a series of pictures of Elvis Costello with Mavis and her wonderful band singing 'The Weight' at Byron Bay Bluesfest. They were shot from the audience and aren't technically great photos, but the series captured the moment for me. It's on my Tumblr feed here. That was just six weeks before the night of the Midnight Ramble, and twelve months before Levon passed.  Mavis was back at Bluesfest in 2013 and again performed 'The Weight'. As the the applause died down, she shouted Levon's name, once, twice, three times, until the applause for Levon was as loud as it was for her. Yes, it brought a tear to my eye. 

I recently saw the David Rawlings Machine, who played 'The Weight' at each of their Australian shows and remarked in my review how that song has become an unofficial anthem for roots musicians. Your story adds to the mystique, of Levon, of Mavis, and that song. To have been at The Barn on that night ...

Thanks for reading, Steve, and for sharing your photographs.  Some day I'd love to go to Byron Bay -- lucky you.  And you'te right -- "The Weight" is an anthem indeed.

Then again, maybe any great song by The Band will do it ... Amy Helm leads this off.