Jim Weider, a master of classic telecaster guitar, is renowned for his rock and blues-based signature sound. Musically always evolving , Jim is among a select group of musicians with an endorsement from Fender and, for the past three decades, he's earned enormous respect from fellow musicians and music fans throughout the world.
Born and raised in the famed arts colony of Woodstock, NY, Jim received great acclaim during his long tenure (1985-2000) as lead guitarist (replacing Robbie Robertson) for Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame inductees, The Band. During 15 years of international touring with original members Levon Helm, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko, Jim was featured on numerous albums, films, videos and television appearances. Highlights included a 1990 performance with The Band and Ronnie Hawkins at The Berlin Wall concert produced by Roger Waters of Pink Floyd; several cable TV specials (notably "The Bob Dylan Tribute" at Madison Square Garden; "The Road," and "This Country's Rocking"); a performance and recording at the "Unofficial Blue Jean Bash" for President Clinton's 1993 Inaugural Ball, with special guests Bob Dylan, Steven Stills and Dr. John; a 1994 pay-per-view concert telecast from the Woodstock '94 Festival; and a 1995 appearance on the A&E Biography documentary "The Authorized Video Biography The Band" for cable TV and video, released by ABC Video.
Jim furthered his reputation as a versatile and talented guitarist in performances and recordings with Scotty Moore, Keith Richards, Los Lobos, Graham Parker, Taj Mahal, Mavis Staples, Hot Tuna, Bob Weir/Rat Dog, Johnny Paycheck, James Talley, Kim Wilson, Paul Butterfield, Robbie Dupree, among many others.
In 1997 Jim produced and played on Paul Burlison's CD, Train Kept - A Rollin' (Sweetfish Records)) with special guests, The Band, Kim Wilson, Los Lobos, Mavis Staples and Rocky & Billy Burnette. He also recorded and filmed All The King's Men, Scotty Moore's Sweetfish Records release, including the track "Deuce and a Quarter" with Levon Helm, Keith Richards, D.J. Fontana. Five 2000 and 2001 releases showcase Jim's songwriting talents, including Kenny Neal's Telarc releases (What You Get and One Step Closer)&Deborah Colemans(What about Love) the title cut of Bill Perry's Fired Up (Blind Pig); and tunes on new CDs by Jonell Mosser and Colin Linden,Cindy Cashdollar, and on the new 2004 Alligator release ,Jim co-wrote the single and Title of Mavis Staples new album (Have a Little Faith)and played guitar on five tracks.
For Homespun Video, Jim has produced six of the internationally distributed company's best selling instructional video tapes/DVD's : Get That Classic Fender Sound, Rockabilly Guitar (two-video set), Electric Country Blues (two-video set), and his 2000 release, Basic Licks and Classic Solos for Electric Blues Guitar.
In addition to touring with The Band, Jim has fronted his own bands since the late 1980s and released his first solo recording of "Many Rivers To Cross" on Woodstock Holiday (Pioneer Records, Japan) in 1993. Since 1997, Jim's devoted much of his time to his current band , joined by co-founder and fellow Band-mate, drummer/vocalist Randy Ciarlante.
Jim Weider's first CD, Big Foot (EKG), was praised by Vintage Guitar Magazine as "the highest-quality recording we've heard in a very long time. Any guitar purist will be impressed with Weider's varied styles -- rock, rockabilly, slide, good old blues, and even some 'chicken-pickin' country. This is a celebration of guitar at its best."
Remedy, Jim's second recording with his band, features eight of his originals, including the title cut (first released on The Band's Jericho CD.The Band's classic rocker, "The Weight," reveals Jim's ability to put his unique stamp on a timeless favorite: the latter cut includes special guests Merle Saunders, Mavis Staples, Garth Hudson, Jimmy Vivino, Sid McGinnis and Tony Levin.
2005 W.C. handy Award winner for co- writing Mavis Staples hit single and cd title song" Have-a-Little Faith", Jim has written songs and produced for many artists also including The Band's top ten hit" Remedy" and has made three solo albums Big Foot , Remedy and his newest cd PERCoLAToR.
PERCoLAToR represents Jim's newest musical venture into a powerful
groove & atmospheric guitar driven band. Jim blends rock&blues with funk & jazz groove's combining modern drum loops and samples, to playing beautiful melodic
ballads.A powerful cd that's both exciting and mesmerizing!
Jim's PERCoLAToR cd, features ten of his originals, featuring on the title cut keyboard great John Medeski ,drum wizard ,Rodney Holmes and bass great" Tony Levin",laying down funky groove the keeps turning you around.
Jim's distinctive guitar tone ,improvisational talents and powerful solos, and his prowess as a songwriter are evident throughout this CD, notably on" The Maze' and the smooth jazz guitar sounds of " Smooth Move" or the powerful guitar dance groove "Flight". This recording is jammin' with melodic guitar instrumentals and danceable energy.
His high-energy band has toured extensively throughout US, including festivals, concert halls, clubs like B.B. King's,and also playing Puisto Blues Festival in Finland.,and an appearance on CBS-TV's Early Morning Show. Jim's been a featured guest twice on both "The House of Blues Radio Hour," hosted by Dan Akroyd, and on "The Guitar Show," hosted by Kevin Bacon.and has been touring under his name since the late 1980's.
Jim has performed/recorded with such well known artists as:
Bob Weir/Rat Dog