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Amy Helm w/Cindy Cashdollar
Americana Songwriting Royalty
- Friday, May 12, 2017
BOX OFFICE 612-332-5299
Amy Helm Media
Special Guest Cindy Cashdollar will be performing with Amy’s band.
Guests Fife and Drom open the show.
About Amy Helm
Daughter of The Band drummer/vocalist Levon Helm and “Love Has No Pride” co-writer and iconic beauty Libby Titus, Amy Helm was born with music in her blood. Although she took to it slowly, choosing to first focus on earning a degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, her musical heritage has finally caught up with her in 1998 when she joined her father’s band, the Barn Burners. During her time with the Barn Burners, Helm was shaped into a charismatic and talented vocalist under the careful tutelage of her musically seasoned father.
In 2001, Helm formed her own group, Ollabelle. Ollabelle is a Sunday-night-gospel-session-turned-musical group and has influences in many genres, including bluegrass, rock, blues, soul, traditional/folk and jazz. They have released four albums, including 2011’s Neon Blue Bird, which the band self-produced in order to experience true artistic freedom. Helm continues to play with Ollabelle, and made regular appearances in her father’s last venture, the Levon Helm Band.
About Cindy Cashdollar
Austin-based Dobro and steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar’s career has taken some surprising twists and turns that have led her to work with many leading artists in various genres; including Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Dave Alvin, Rod Stewart, Asleep At The Wheel, Marcia Ball, Jorma Kaukonen, Leon Redbone, BeauSoleil, Daniel Lanois, Redd Volkaert, & Peter Rowan. Cindy’s unerring ability to perfectly complement a song or step out with a tasteful, imaginative, and exciting solo – and to do it in so many musical genres – has made her one of the most in-demand musicians on the American roots music scene. Her debut CD, Slide Show, features guest artists comprising a Who’s Who from the landscape of Roots & Americana music. Cindy was inducted into the Texas Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame in 2011 (the first female to be inducted), and The Texas Music Hall Of Fame in 2012
Cindy first heard the unique sliding sound of the Dobro in her hometown of Woodstock, New York where she honed her skills playing with bluegrass legend John Herald, blues great Paul Butterfield, Levon Helm and Rick Danko of The Band, and many others who lived in the small but musically hip Catskill mountain town. Eight years and thousands of miles on the road with the premier western swing group Asleep At The Wheel helped her introduce the classic sounds of the non-pedal steel to enthusiastic audiences worldwide, and brought her five Grammy Awards and opportunities to work with musicians of the caliber of Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton and The Dixie Chicks.
National Public Radio listeners can catch her guest appearances on Garrison Keillor’s live radio program, “A Prairie Home Companion.” In great demand as a teacher, Cindy has given many workshops and produced four instructional DVDs distributed internationally by Homespun Tapes. Her debut CD, Slide Show, featured guest artists comprising a Who’s Who of roots music including Sonny Landreth, Marcia Ball, Mike Auldridge, Redd Volkaert, Herb Remington, Jorma Kaukonen, & Steve James.
Whether adding driving leads behind Rod Stewart or Ryan Adams, swinging an instrumental with Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion band, or trading blazing licks with Texas Telecaster master Redd Volkaert, Cindy does it all with grace, imagination, and taste. And, in answer to her most frequently asked question, yes, Cashdollar is a real name.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Equally at home picking a vintage Dobro, an old National resonator guitar, or laying down fat horn voicings on a tripleneck 8-string steel, Cashdollar is a master of bluegrass, gutbucket blues, honky tonk, swampy R&B, and Western Swing.”
– Frets Magazine
About Fife and Drom
Fife & Drom is the brainchild of husband and wife team Mark Marshall and Abby Ahmad. Though the couple grew up as neighbors in a tiny Pennsylvania town, destiny arranged their first meeting, oddly enough, over two decades later at the Crossroads Cafe in Brooklyn, NY. One might say their collaboration was fated. The duo pen original songs inspired by the works of blues pioneers Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Son House and beyond. Their name pays tribute to fife and drum blues music, a highly influential genre which emerged from Mississippi, the heart of Delta blues, as well as a nod to the dutch word drom, meaning “a group moving together with purpose.”
Fife & Drom’s music incorporates the infectious rhythms and sounds from Delta and Chicago blues, but adapts with content for today’s life and times. Their explosive live shows have audiences captivated by the band’s unbridled passion, ceaseless energy and powerful dynamics.