Ain't in It for My Health, a new documentary about the Band's late drummer and singer Levon Helm, will premiere in New York open on April 19th, exactly one year after his passing, and open in select cities as well. Shot over the course of a little more than two years and directed by Jacob Hatley, the film tracks Helm's late-career surge following the success of his comeback record Dirt Farmer, and now you can now watch this exclusive clip, which finds Helm performing a raspy, resounding acoustic rendition of Randy Newman's "Kingfish."
"So this clip was one of the first things we shot," says Hatley. "We were in between takes on a music video for the Dirt Farmer record and had rented out this dilapidated motel for the shoot. We were all sick of shooting this lip synched, choreographed video and wanted to hear some real music, so Levon and Little Sammy Davis went in to one of the rooms and started playing. They did about eight songs, just for the crew. There was a heart shaped jacuzzi just off frame. The motel has since burned to the ground."
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This article originally appeared on Rolling Stone: Levon Helm Sings 'Kingfish' in 'Ain't in It for My Health' Clip