Amy Helm, daughter of The Band's Levon Helm, grew up surrounded by music. She played for a while in her dad's bands, she helped produce some of his most well-received recordings, including the Grammy-winning Dirt Farmer, and she's a founding member of the band Ollabelle. This summer she steps out on her own with a new debut solo album, Didn't It Rain, recorded in her father's barn in Woodstock, N.Y., home of the Midnight Ramble. It's with her current band, the Handsome Strangers: Byron Isaacs, bass; Daniel Littleton, guitar; David Berger, drums.
Just before leaving for a month-long tour with Mavis Staples and Patty Griffin, Amy and the Handsome Strangers rolled in to Saranac Lake, N.Y. for a Folk Alley Session taping. Here they perform "Rescue Me," the first single from Didn't It Rain, at Beehive Productions studio.
Session produced by Linda Fahey of FolkAlley.com and Jeff Oehler and Sue Bibeau of Beehive Productions, with camera assistance from Mikey Portal and audio assistance from Redia Spada.