Review by Greg Haymes
The death of Levon Helm earlier this year left an enormous, unfillable hole in the Woodstock music scene, but if you’re looking for new music steeped in the Band tradition, look no further than Professor Louie & the Crowmatix.
The long-running Woodstock-based outfit has issued a new album, and it rumbles righteously through the Americana-rock sounds of the Band-and-beyond with authority. The album is dedicated to “our musical mentors Levon Helm and Rick Danko,” and it even closes out with a cover of “4% Pantomime,” the classic Band/Van Morrison collaboration from Cahoots.
Of course, Professor Louie and his cohorts are no johnny-come-latelys when it comes to the Band. Louie (aka Aaron Hurwitz) was at the helm as producer for the last batch of post-The Last Waltz Band albums (including the vastly under-rated Jericho), as well as solo albums by Rick Danko and Garth Hudson.