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Levon Helm 'a true inspiration': legislator

By Lombardo David
Friday, February 22, 2013

Catskills Democratic Assemblyman Kevin Cahill says it is an honor to preserve the legacy of Levon Helm.

As the Gazette reported yesterday, Cahill is carrying a bill that would create the Levon Helm Memorial Boulevard.

“Levon Helm was a true inspiration to not only millions of fans but our community,” he said in a news release. “His Rambles became a mainstay in the town of Woodstock, bringing back old soulful music worth listening to in a welcoming venue he created.”

Cahill noted that Levon Helm Studios, which opened almost 40 years ago, brought Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Phil Lesh, Kris Kristofferson and other artists to the area.

“In a world that often compromised integrity, Levon Helm cultivated the tradition of professionalism with a deep respect for his craft and remained refreshingly genuine throughout his life," Cahill said. "It is with great honor that I carry a bill that would preserve the life, career, and music of Levon Helm.”

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