Raise a Caine back up

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

LEVON Helm, the coolest drum­mer/ vo­cal­ist ever in the his­tory of ever, looks to fi­nally get a statue in He­lena, Ark., his home­town.

Ac­tu­ally, the statue is go­ing up in a town just down the street from He­lena—that is, Marvell, his ac­tual home­town.

Ac­tu­ally, his home­town was just north of Marvell, a small place called Turkey Scratch.

Those who’ve grown up in ru­ral Arkansas will un­der­stand. Home may be in one town, the of­fi­cial mail­ing ad­dress in an­other, and you tell peo­ple you’re from the other one down the road. (“I live in North Lit­tle Rock, ac­tu­ally Sher­wood, ac­tu­ally Gravel Ridge . . . . ”)

The pa­per said that the cotton fields around Turkey Scratch some­times are trod­den by out-of-town­ers look­ing for Levon Helm’s boy­hood home or, self­ies be­ing pop­u­lar to­day, maybe just the city lim­its sign of Turkey Scratch. So now an ef­fort is un­der­way to in­stall a statue in Marvell, seven miles away. (Marvell has the ad­van­tage of be­ing on U.S. 49.) Some folks also want to re­store his boy­hood home in . . . some­where in Phillips County, cer­tainly. Maybe it’s been moved to Marvell by now. It’s hard to keep up.

The Levon Helm Legacy Project is rais­ing money to redo the home and com­mis­sion a bust of the man, so folks will have a goal on their pil­grim­ages.

They say rock and roll can’t die. But rock­ers do. Levon Helm died in 2012 af­ter suf­fer­ing from throat can­cer. (They should’ve never taken the very best.)

Some of us think that it’s long past time to put up a marker/memo­rial for this man who in­spired so many. And give the rest of the state an­other ex­cuse to go on a bar­be­cue hunt in Phillips County.

Pulled into He­lena, was feelin’ ’bout half past dead . . . .

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