Originating inside Levon Helm's famed Woodtock barn, The Weight Band has been keeping the spirit and music alive that defined an era. Touring nationally for the past four years, the group features members of The Band and Levon Helm Band. Their debut album, "World Gone Mad", features original songs, a guest appearance from Jackie Greene and writing contributions from the late Levon Helm on previously unreleased songs.
Dave Michaels caught up with guitarist Jim Weider. He tells Dave about his first gig out with the Band opening for Crosby, Stills & Nash in '85 and years spent touring and recording with Levon, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko up through 1999 when Rick passed away of heart failure.
Catch Jim Weider, Brian Mitchell (Levon Helm Band), Michael Bram (Jason Mraz), Albert Rogers and Matt Zeiner (Dickey Betts Band) - THE WEIGHT BAND - Saturday, December 8 at Cohoes Music Hall. American roots and soul singer/songwriter Kerri Powers opens the show at 8pm.