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The Drop: Amy Helm

Amy Helm's musical roots sprung from a lifetime spent surrounded by expressions of American musical tradition. Although Didn't It Rain is her debut as a solo artist, it is hardly her introduction to the music industry. Helm has a decorated background as a musician, as the daughter of the Band's Levon Helm and singer/songwriter Libby Titus. She began her career as an instrumentalist for the alt-country collective Ollabelle. After spending years working and performing with the group, Helm joined her father's live Midnight Ramble Band. She credits her father as her most influential musical mentor, and helped him with many other projects, including serving as co-producer for his GRAMMY-winning 2007 album, Dirt Farmer. In turn, her father spent the last year of his life working as the executive producer and featured drummer on Didn't It Rain. The album contains 12 tracks of mostly original material, and a few select covers, including a personalized version of Sam Cooke's "Good News." Critics have praised Helm for having the ability to "truly excel in the mining of emotional subtleties within a song." Aside from Levon Helm, the album contains an impressive roster of musicians accompanying Amy Helm, including former Ollabelle member Byron Isaacs. When questioned about her next move following the release of Didn't It Rain, Helm says her plan is "just to get out and play as many gigs as possible … and bring some joy into the world." The GRAMMY Museum welcomes Helm to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate discussion and performance surrounding her career and new album, hosted by Scott Goldman, Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation.

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