Featured Artist: Amy Helm
There are some female folk artists who sing so sweetly their lullaby could put you to sleep in an instant. Others have a strong, intense voice that’ll punch you right in the gut. Amy Helm is the kind of musician who swings effortlessly across that spectrum. Sure, she’s the soulful kin of the legendary Levon Helm, but Amy isn’t riding coattails. Over her decades-long career she’s performed in roots band Ollabelle (of which she’s also a founding member), recorded on a slew of praised albums, co-produced her father’s Grammy-winning album Dirt Farmer, and has performed onstage with countless artists, from Warren Haynes to Joan Osborne to Dr. John. And Levon’s Midnight rambles wouldn’t have been the same without her presence, during which she often shared the stage with her father, both musically and as a proud daughter.
But enough about her envious incredible resume, and back to her sound. When she’s not stirring the audience with traditional gospel and blues tunes or her own chill-inducing originals, she’ll be onstage strumming a mandolin or behind a drum set (papa must’ve been so proud).
Amy still performs with the Midnight Ramble Band and The Dirt Farmer Band, but her latest project is her first under her own name: Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers (featuring Byron Isaacs, Daniel Littleton, and Justin Guip). Helm will bring her Handsome Strangers to Mountain Jam on Saturday and is poised to release her first solo record later this year.
Check her out in this video performing Ruth Durand’s “I’m Wise” just a few weeks ago at City Winery in NYC