Hear Levon Helm Return to Real Rock With "Tennessee Jed"

June 30, 2009 5:48 PM ET

Electric Dirt with the Dead's "Tennessee Jed," and it's a fitting opener to the legendary Band drummer's first proper rock & roll record in ages, writes Will Hermes in his four-star review. Helm returned from throat cancer with 2007's mostly acoustic Dirt Farmer, and on Electric Dirt — recorded with Larry Campbell and the rest of the band from Helm's Midnight Ramble gigs at his Woodstock, New York, home — Helm is ready to rock. The album hits stores today, and Rolling Stone has "Tennessee Jed" right here:

Related Stories:
Levon Helm Captures Spirit of Midnight Ramble on June's Electric Dirt
Levon Helm to Play Woodstock 40th Anniversary Show
Levon Helm Battles Back From Cancer and Tragedy, Returns With First New Studio LP in 25 Years

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Road to Nowhere”

Talking Heads | 1985

A cappella harmonies give way to an a fuller arrangement blending pop and electro-disco on "Road to Nowhere," but the theme remains constant: We're on an eternal journey to an undefined destination. The song vaulted back into the news a quarter century after it was a hit when Gov. Charlie Crist used it in his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Florida. "It's this little ditty about how there's no order and no plan and no scheme to life and death and it doesn't mean anything, but it's all right," Byrne said with a chuckle.

More Song Stories entries »