Replicating the music of The Band is a tall order. But interpreting the music of The Band is an art. Songs that have reverberated across history for decades continue to speak to millions of us. And The Weight, a five-piece ensemble featuring Jim Weider from The Band, Brian Mitchell, Matt Zeiner, Michael Bram and Albert Rogers who has shared the stage with Levon Helm and Garth Hudson remains a vehicle through which we can continue to share those stories and dance to those back beats.
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HOST ARTISTS - THE WEIGHT BAND
Jim Weider is a former member of THE BAND. From 1985 to 2000, Jim replaced Robbie Robertson as their lead guitarist, writing songs and performing on their three studio albums, Jericho, High on the Hog and Jubilation. He toured internationally with original Band members Levon Helm, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko for fifteen years and was featured with them on numerous albums, films, videos and television appearances. Jim is a current member of Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Band and his group ProJECT Percolator.
Brian Mitchell is a current member of Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Band and is well-known within the circles of the music industry and beyond for his solo career and his high-profile collaborations. He has recorded and performed with some of music's most respected artists, Levon Helm, Bob Dylan, Al Green, B.B. King, and countless others.
Albert Rogers, bass and vocals, hails from North Carolina, where he played with Blue Eyed Soul hitmaker, Grayson Hugh. In 2000,he joined Jim Weider and the Honky Tonk Gurus which led to sharing the stage with Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Hubert Summerlin, Albert Lee, and many others. Later he returned to NC and has been performing with Award Winning Swamp Soul Master, Jim Quick, as a member of the Coastline Band. In 2014, making his first solo record, Albert found himself back in Upstate NY with former band mates Jim Weider and Randy Ciarlante at The Clubhouse in Rhinebeck, NY. This set the stage for his current role as newest member of The Weight.
Matt Zeiner began his career with Hartford’s Street Temperature band, then hit the road with Matt “Guitar” Murphy of Blues Brothers fame. During this time, he met David “Lefty” Foster and began working on and off with what was then the Shaboo Allstars – a regional super group with a rotating cast. Matt then toured extensively with Dickey Betts, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band. Over the years, he's performed with, produced and/or written for Jeff Pevar, Melvin Sparks, Zach Deputy, Ryan Montbleau, Jaimoe (Allman Brothers), and many others.
Michael Bram (drums & vocals) is soulful singer and multi-instrumentalist. Michael “Leroy” Bram most recently toured with Jason Mraz for seven years, and before that was a staple in the New York music scene. Career highlights include working with Willie Nelson, and recording tracks with Bob Margolin of The Last Waltz fame. Michael’s connection to The Band comes by way of the extended community who played at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY where for many years he drummed in the Chris O’Leary Band, an offshoot of players from Levon’s band, The Barnburners.
SPECIAL GUEST ARTISTS
Three Original Members of Little Feat
Paul Barrere (guitar, vocals), Fred Tackett (guitar) & Kenny Gradney (bass)
Paul Barrere plays guitar and slide guitar, and sings lead and background vocals for Little Feat.
Paul Barrere joined Little Feat for the band's third album Dixie Chicken, and has been with the band since. During Little Feat's early 80's hiatus, Paul led the group Chicken Legs. Since Little Feat's return with "Let it Roll", Paul has stepped more into the spotlight.
Paul's guitar, vocals, and songwriting are now an important part of the Little Feat sound. In addition to his work with Little Feat, Paul Barrere has also recorded and performed with many other fine musicians including: Chicken Legs, the Blues Busters (featuring Catfish Hodge), Valerie Carter, Chico Hamilton, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Palmer, and Carly Simon.
Paul has a solo album out on Zoo Entertainment called If the Phone Don't Ring . This is a compilation of material from Paul's On My Own Two Feat and Real Lies albums.
Hailing from Arkansas, Fred Tackett worked as a side man on many Little Feat albums before becoming a full member of the band for Let It Roll. Along with his fine guitar work, Fred's mandolin and trumpet have become a featured part of the Little Feat sound.
Robert Palmer writes about Fred Tackett's early years in Rock and Roll: An Unruly History
In addition to his work with the Feat, Fred has a very large discography of work with other artists.
Here are just some of the artists Fred has recorded with:
Allman Brothers, Greg Allman, Rory Block, Jackson Browne, Glen Campbell, Eric Carmen, Valerie Carter, Judy Collins, Rita Coolidge, Bob Dylan, Lowell George, Vince Gill, Rickie Lee Jones, Nicolette Larson, Juice Newton, Aaron Neville, Van Dyke Parks, Bonnie Raitt, Lionel Richie, Leo Sayer, Carly Simon, Boz Scaggs, Rod Stewart, Harry Nilsson, Bob Seger, Ringo Starr, Tom Waits, the Wallflowers, and Jimmy Webb
Kenny Gradney has provided the foundation for the Little Feat sound since joining the band for the Dixie Chicken album.
A Louisiana native, Kenny is a master of bass technique. Kenny Gradney compliments his live playing with his good humor and crowd pleasing antics.
In addition to his work with Little Feat, Kenny has also played and recorded with many fine musicians including: Delaney and Bonnie, Bob Weir's Bobby and the Midnites, Warren Zevon, Chico Hamilton, Robert Palmer, and Carly Simon.
String musician (violin, fiddle) who has played with Lou Reed,Phoebe Snow and Hall & Oates, among others. He appeared in The Band's documentary film "The Last Waltz" and had a Top 10 single, "Good Old Rock & Roll" with Cat Mother And The All-Night Newsboys in 1969. Most recently he has played fiddle as a member of the upstate-NY based Celtic rock band "Hair Of The Dog".
Don is the current owner of Big Pink, and is an avid guitarist, singer/song-writer and audio engineer. A lover of a well crafted song, he was a leader & lead guitarist with the seminal original late '70s Northeast jam band, the Hooligan Band. As a live audio engineer, he worked and toured extensively with NRBQ and did front of house mixing for Warren Zevon, Bonnie Raitt, Jon Sebastian, David Johansen, David Bromberg and many others.
Don is perhaps the country's leading historian as regards Big Pink - one of the most famous houses in rock n' roll. He looks forward to providing Camp Cripple Creek attendees with a highly prized site visit to Big Pink - and plans to give a talk and Q&A on the house's storied past... as well as what's happening there currently.