Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers
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 co-mastermind 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 York-based 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 co-producing his Grammy-winning 2007 comeback album ‘Dirt Farmer,’ and helping to organize the now-legendary Midnight Ramble concerts at Levon’s home studio in Woodstock, New York.
Amy is now touring behind her debut album ‘Didn’t It Rain’ with her new band, the Handsome Strangers. Even though this is her first collection released with her name above the title, Amy is clearly a seasoned veteran with a developed voice that’s finally really ready to be heard. Amy, Byron Isaacs, Daniel Littleton and David Berger stopped by the studios of Beehive Productions in Saranac, New York to perform a few songs and talk about the inspirations for a few of the new songs.