Levon Helm Studios
The 2016 Ralph J. Gleason Award recognizes the commitment to continue Levon Helm’s legacy by following through with his wishes to create a musical landmark at The Barn in Woodstock, New York. More than anything, he wanted the music to continue. He wanted the barn to be host to artists from all walks of life, from all genres. He wanted children to learn from there. He wanted Rambles to continue. He didn’t want a day to go by without some form of music being heard from within the “Barn” walls.
The Ralph J. Gleason Award is in memory of music journalist Ralph J. Gleason, a major figure in the advancement of music in America in the 1960s, whose openness to new music and ideas transcended differences between generations and styles.