Americana Singer/Songwriter Amy Helm Live At the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Amy Helm
November 3, 2015

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (November 3, 2015) — The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall proudly presents Americana singer/songwriter Amy Helm live in concert on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Tickets for Amy Helm will go on sale this Friday, November 6, 2015 at 10 a.m.
"I'm just trying to tell some stories as honestly as I can," Amy Helm says of Didn't It Rain, her first solo album and her eOne Music debut.
Although the personally charged, organically soulful Didn't It Rain is Helm’s first release under her own name, Amy Helm has been making music for most of her life. She's already won widespread praise as a singer, songwriter and live performer, first as a member of the celebrated altcountry collective Ollabelle and subsequently for her extensive work with her father, musical icon Levon Helm, who passed away in 2012.
Amy Helm began connecting with audiences early in life, playing her first gig in her early teens in a Manhattan bar and drifting informally through a series of combos before her father recruited her to join his live band. She also absorbed musical and personal inspiration from her mother, noted singer/songwriter Libby Titus; and her stepfather, Steely Dan comastermind Donald Fagen, who offered Amy additional opportunities to find herself as a performer. Amy's vocal and songwriting talents soon found a home in the New Yorkbased Ollabelle, whose three acclaimed albums and countless live gigs saw her evolve into a confident, charismatic performer. She also resumed her musical collaboration with her father, singing and playing in his band, playing on and coproducing his GRAMMY winning 2007 comeback album Dirt Farmer, and helping to organize the nowlegendary Midnight Ramble concerts at Levon's home studio in Woodstock, NY.
"He was the best teacher, in so many ways," Amy says of her father. "He wasn't interested in overthinking anything; all he cared about was playing music. He saw himself as a working musician, and it was serious business and it had to be right. Playing side by side with him in the Ramble band for ten years, and building those shows with him, really changed the way I approached things, and his humility influenced and shaped me as a musician, as it did everyone who played with him."
Blessed with a commanding, deeply expressive voice and an uncanny songwriting skill that instinctively draws upon a deep well of American musical traditions, Helm delivers a timelessly powerful statement with her first solo release Didn't It Rain. The spellbinding dozensong set is rooted in firstperson experience, exploring universal themes of life, love and loss on such musically and emotionally resonant originals as the smoldering soul ballad "Rescue Me," the hushed, lilting "Deep Water," the meditative "Roll Away" and the stark, haunting "Wild Girl." Complementing Helm's originals are her personalized takes on the Sam Cooke classic "Good News" and the traditional title track, which she delivers with the heartfelt gospel urgency that's always been an element of her vocal persona. Didn't It Rain marked the final recording sessions of Levon Helm, who acted as the project's executive producer as well as adding his unmistakable drumming on three tracks. Many of the album’s songs are the product of an extended period during which the artist endured a series of personal trials and life changes, including the April 2012 passing of her father and chief musical mentor. With Didn't It Rain reintroducing her to the world as a solo artist, Helm says that her immediate plan is "to just get out and play as many gigs as possible. I think that the job of a musician is to try and shake people out of their own heads for an hour or two, and bring some joy into the world. So I want to get out there and do the job the best I can."
Tickets for this seated show will go on sale this Friday, November 6 at 10 a.m. and will be available for purchase at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and St. Augustine Amphitheatre Box Offices, ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and by phone at (800) 745-3000.
SHOW: Amy Helm
DATE: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
TIME: Doors 7:00p.m. / Show 8:00p.m. TICKET PRICE: $39.00 – First 8 Rows
$36.00 – All Remaining Rows