The Weight Band originated in 2013 inside Levon Helm's famed Woodstock, New York barn.
As a tip of the hat and a gentleman's bow to Levon himself, Jim Weider, Randy Ciarlante and Garth Hudson, all members of THE BAND, invited Brian Isaacs and Jimmy Vivino (both having performed in Levon's Ramble Band) to join them in presenting the now legendary, "Concert In The Barn - Songs of The Band”.
Traditional and social media coverage of the event spawned global requests for additional performances. As an initial response, Weider, Ciarlante and Isaacs invited Brain Mitchell, also a member of Levon's Ramble Band, to answer the call. As demand increased and The Weight Band evolved, Jim Weider and Brian Mitchell added Albert Rogers (bass & vocals), Michael Bram (drums & vocals) and Matt Zeiner (keyboards & vocals) to solidify a five member touring lineup.
In that all members are also singer/songwriters, new original songs began to embellished a core concert set list of nuggets from THE BAND's treasured catalog. After four years of touring to enthusiastic audiences and experiencing an overwhelmingly positive response to the newly written material, the group decided to record an album. In addition to highlighting the new songs, a subliminal intent would be to capture The Band’s musical tradition by recording the project in a Woodstock area studio, including both a past BAND hit (co-written by Weider) and a previously un-released song written for THE BAND, topped off by incorporating a few high profile guest appearances.
According to multiple critics, the mission was accomplished in spades. "World Gone Mad", released in February 2018, is an Americana/Roots Rock masterpiece bathed in the beloved Woodstock sound.

 

Jim Weider (guitar, mandolin & vocals) is a former member of the legendary group, 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 also a current member of Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Band and his group ProJECT Percolator.
   
Michael Bram (drums & vocals) 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.
 
 
   

Brian Mitchell (keyboards & vocals) 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.
   


Matt Zeiner (keyboard & vocals)
Matt 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.

 

   
 

Albert Rogers plays bass and shares vocal duties as a member of THE WEIGHT. He's shared the stage with Levon Helm and Garth Hudson in The Jim Weider Band, and has also performed with Sid McGinnis, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Vivino, Albert Lee among many others.

 

 

HOME  |   ABOUT   |   MUSIC   |  MEDIA  |   TOUR   |   NEWS  |  CONNECT

 


© 2016- 2017 Tony LoBue for theweightband.com, All Rights Reserved. 
A Tony LoBue, Anita Carpenter and Jim Weider Collaboration. Graphics by Tony LoBue.
TheWeightBand is powered by: LexiConn