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James Jeffrey Weider (born 1951) is an American guitarist best known for his work with the Band. He joined the reformed version of the Band in 1985 to replace original guitarist Robbie Robertson.

Jim Weider
Jim Weider at Levon Helm Studios, May 2015
Background information
BornDecember 21, 1951
Woodstock, New York, United States
GenresBlues rock, roots rock, instrumental rock, jazz fusion, jam rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsElectric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, vocals
Years active1983–present
Associated actsThe Band, the Levon Helm Band, the Weight



A native of Woodstock, New York, Weider was born in 1951 and began playing guitar at age 11. Some of his early influences included Chuck Berry, James Burton and Scotty Moore. While still a teenager in Woodstock, he became acquainted with Levon Helm and was exposed to the Band's music. Weider went on to become an accomplished studio session player in cities such as Atlanta and Nashville but eventually returned to Woodstock and was invited to become the Band's sole guitarist in 1985, remaining until the group's dissolution in 2000 following the death of Rick Danko in late 1999.[1]

Weider's main instrument is the Fender Telecaster, but he also plays a vintage 1960s Silvertone electric guitar (primarily for slide) and a vintage 1960s Guild Starfire III. For amplification, Weider uses a combination of Fender amplifiers and his own signature series JW40 amp, designed in conjunction with Fargen Amplification, Inc. He is also the co-designer of the AnalogMan King of Tone pedal, which he uses on his pedalboard.

In addition to his work with the Band and his own musical group, the Jim Weider Band, Weider has performed and recorded with numerous other musicians, including Robbie Dupree, Dr. John, Graham Parker, Keith Richards and Bob Weir. He has also played alongside Keith Richards and Scotty Moore, who worked with Elvis Presley. [1] He is also featured in several instructional videos produced by Homespun Video. Following the departure of Jimmy Vivino in early 2009, Weider performed with the Levon Helm Band until Helm's death in 2012.

The latest incarnation of The Band's history, The Weight Band, originated inside the barn of Levon Helm in 2012 when Jim Weider and Randy Ciarlante, both former members of The Band, were performing “Songs of The Band” with Garth Hudson, Jimmy Vivino and Byron Isaacs.[6] After receiving support from fans, Weider, Ciarlante and Isaacs decided to continue the tradition of performing songs from The Band and invited Brian Mitchell and Marty Grebb[2]-who contributed to both the Jericho and Jubilation albums- to complete their sound. The Weight Band later added Albert Rogers (2016) and Michael Bram (2017).

In July 2017, PBS's Infinity Hall Live program began airing a televised performance by The Weight Band, featuring new music by the band.[2] In January 2018, Weider announced the first studio album for the Weight Band, World Gone Mad. "Common Man" - co-written by Levon Helm - was released as the first single.[3]

Recently, The Weight Band was announced as the first headliner for the new Folk & Americana Music Series,[4] a celebration of the genre's rich musical history and influence, at the Boch Center in Boston, Massachusetts.[5] Their first guest was the Guthrie Family (Woody Guthrie).[6]


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