The Weight Band will release their first
full-length, 11-track studio album on February 23, 2018
featuring eight original songs, including contributions
from the late Levon Helm on never-before-released
songs written for The Band. The album also includes a
special guest appearance by Jackie Greene.
Recorded at Clubhouse
Studio in Rhinebeck, New York, the album sautes a rich
musical style best de-scribed as the “Woodstock sound.”
A live, raw and rustic American musical tradition is
heard throughout the self-produced album, with lyrics
reflecting stories of love, humor, and personal
salutes … the ‘Woodstock sound’"
World Gone Mad shines bright during moments like the
title track, a powerful glance at the current
national mood. The band’s growing concern over the
divisiveness of today’s political climate and the
hardship of life in America is revealed on “Common
Man” and “Fire in the Hole.”
“a powerful glance at the current national mood”
Lead vocals is a job met
by all five members of the band. Guitarist and mandolin
player, Jim Weider likens their shared vocal duties
to the treatment and approach perfected
his 15 years with The Band. “Lead vocals alternate on
each song, with members trading off,” as evident on
“Heat of the Moment” and “I Wish You Were Here Tonight.”
In addition to Weider, Marty Grebb (keyboards, organ,
acoustic guitar, horns), Brian Mitchell (keyboards,
organ, accordion), Albert Rogers (bass), and Michael
Bram (drums, harmonica) deliver a level of virtuosity
and style of performance rarely heard in music today.
Jackie Greene (vocals, slide guitar) sits in on "Deal,”
a dynamic cover of the classic Jerry Garcia-Robert
Hunter song. Randy Ciarlante, a former Band and Weight
Band member, is also a guest on two songs.
“Jackie Greene …
sits in on ‘Deal’”
The album is capped off by a full-tilt live version of
“Remedy,” co-written by Jim Weider and originally
recorded for The Band’s Jericho album.
The launch of World Gone Mad is perfectly timed for the
group, capitalizing on new attention generated from
their live concert showcase on the nationally syndicated
PBS television series, Infinity Hall Live.
Album artwork was designed by John Halpern (The Eagles,
OutKast), with graphics by Larry Freemantle (Kid Rock.)