woodstockLevon Helm, longtime Woodstock NY resident and advocate for the entire Ulster County NY area, died yesterday due to complications with cancer. He was 71 years old. The famous drummer for The Band was known for his smoky southern voice, and muted, bluesy drums. Originally from Arkansas, he long ago fell in love with Woodstock NY where he lived, performed, and recorded since the mid 1970's. 

Famous Drummer for The Band, Who Fell In Love With Woodstock NY

music_noteLevon Helm's impact on the Ulster County NY area will live on, both through the Grammy award winning albums he recorded at his Woodstock NY barn, and through the endless work he has done to benefit our community and advocate for our area. After a legendary music career: first backing up Bob Dylan, later creating his own rock classics with the group The Band, Levon Helm settled in Woodstock NY. He converted a large barn on his property into a recording studio and never stopped playing and recording. In 2004 he created the "Midnight Rambles" a series of live concerts, held right on his Woodstock property, which grew into a tour, albums, and eventually earned a few Grammies. He continued to play music and perform right up until the very end of his life.

Creator of the Midnight Rambles Leaves Lasting Impact on Ulster County

taft_logoWoodstock NY and Ulster County will be mourning the loss of a hometown champion. The Midnight Rambles continues to be a constantly sold-out venue; bringing visitors, exposure, and commerce to the area. Throughout the years Levon Helm expressed his love for Woodstock NY and the Hudson Valley region. And truly what's not to love? Woodstock NY real estate has long been a magnet for artists seeking peace and tranquility. There's just something about the Ulster County lifestyle that nurtures the creative spirit. Levon Helm will be greatly missed; around the world and especially here at home. But his legacy will live on both in the music, and the amazing moments he created right here in Ulster County NY.

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