Cover Alert | Trampled By Turtles Covers The Band

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The new Music Vault channel on YouTube continues to be a fantastic source for video of live music performances. Today, a number of Grateful Dead videos were uploaded to the channel as well as a wonderful rendition of The Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” that bluegrass act Trampled By Turtles laid down at the Paste Ruins during the 2012 Newport Folk Festival.

Bassist Tim Saxhaug handles vocals on one of Levon Helm’s signature songs and does an impressive job channeling the late Band drummer. The Duluth, MN-based band debuted their version of “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” shortly after Helm’s death in April of 2012. By that summer’s Newport Folk Festival they had made it their own. Take a look: