Cool story from Mercury Rev, of working with Levon when recording their amazing Deserter’s Songs album (a Top Five album of all time, in my book).
“We would see Levon around because we have the same barber…There were people who were very nonplussed when we said we were working with Levon Helm. Well, I like people from that era. You go to the source, you don’t go to somebody who says they can play like Levon. Its worth getting it from the horses mouth…We got along so well with Levon and Garth, probably because we share a lot of the same influences - we spent less time playing than we did talking, about old jazz standards, and the polkas which Garth loves. It made a lot more sense to us than certain people around us - they’d say ‘Why would you be working with Levon and Garth when you guys are an American avant-garde group?’ But we never thought of ourselves as experimental or avant-garde, we were just pursuing the timeless song, as they were; that’s why it all seemed to get along so well.”