Norman Baker presents,
"Levon, the Singing Drummer"
NOVEMBER 03, 2020
Seattle's Norman Baker pours his heart out in a fantastic new composition about music icons The Band's legendary drummer Levon Helm.


Us here at WILD ROOTS Magazine need to preface this article with a little bumper: we were originally sent this video and article back in May 2020. We were unable to publish it at that time, however all that matters is this great song by this fantastic artists is out there, and that this great article was the first written by thevery talented writer Mason Winfree whom we adore. Please go check him out, and check out Norman Baker. Alright! On with the show...
Wild Roots Magazine brings you this premiere of Seattle based musician Norman Baker’s song “Levon, the Singing Drummer” that is set to be included on his album slated to be released later this year. Baker’s upcoming record was produced by Jim Roth of the Seattle rock band Built to Spill and features his backing band The Backroads.

The idea for “Levon, the Singing Drummer” had been floating around in Baker’s mind for years, but it wasn’t until last spring during some time off from his SW Tour that he was able to bring the song to life. “I was in New Braunfels, Texas working on tunes in the backyard at my friend’s permaculture farm, and put it all together right there. Aside from the fact that the idea and inspiration for the song had been there for a long time, it actually came together pretty quickly that afternoon.” The song serves as a tribute to several artists that have influenced Baker including Lowell George of the band Little Feat, Ray LaMontagne, and Levon Helm of the Band.



The video and audio were captured by Justin Mora in a space that was once a bar at Feather River Hot Springs in Twain, California while Baker was on tour there last summer.

Baker’s upcoming record will feature ten original songs including “Levon, The Singing Drummer” and a cover of Marvin Gaye’s deep cut “I’ll Be Doggone.” In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, Baker is unsure exactly when the album is going to drop but is anticipating to release it later this year.

You can stream Norman Baker & The Backroads’ 2015 album Present Day wherever you stream your digital music.

Written by Mason Winfree


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