(July 5, 2017) – Three of the most prolific rock guitarists in the world – Jim Weider (The Band; Levon Helm Band), GE Smith (SNL; Roger Waters Band; Hall & Oates) and Any Powell (Wishbone Ash) will join forces for the “Masters of the Telecaster” show on Friday, July 14 at The Heights of Brother Vic’s in South Salem.
With three of the most prolific rock guitarists in the world Jim Weider (The Band & Levon Helm Band) GE Smith (SNL/Roger Waters band/Hall & Oates) and Andy Powell (Wishbone Ash), this is sure to be a historic night of blues, roots and rock & roll. Playing tunes from Roy Buchanan, Little Richard and Bo Diddley to Al Green and more, the three Masters are joined by Randy Ciarlante drums/vocals and Lincoln Schlieifer bass/vocals to complete this righteous band.
JIM WEIDER is renowned for his rock- and blues-based signature sound. He 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 and 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 and Robbie Dupree, among many others. www.jimweider.com
GE SMITH was the music director and led the Saturday Night Live (SNL) band for 10 years. During this time he also toured with Bob Dylan for four years. He also helped Mike Myers write a song for Aerosmith for when they performed on SNL. Smith was sought out by major recording artists like Mick Jagger, who, shortly after Live Aid, called Smith to work with him on his first solo album, “She’s the Boss.” During this period Smith also did a few one-off recordings and concerts with David Bowie and Peter Wolfe. He just finished a three year run with Roger Water’s WALL LIVE worldwide tour. https://gesmithmusic.
ANDY POWELL is an English guitarist and songwriter, and a founding member of the British band Wishbone Ash, known for their innovative use of twin lead guitars. He is named in discussions of the most influential guitarists in rock music history, often alongside other Wishbone Ash guitarists including Ted Turner and Laurie Wisefield. The Ash’s longtime frontman has been featured in notable music publications, including Guitar Player, Vintage Guitar and Guitarist, and has appeared at the Guitar Institute in Los Angeles. He has worked on sessions for George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Kashif, Stewart Copeland and Renaissance, among others. His instrumental compositions have been used as themes for radio and TV (including the US’s “Today Show”) and for the World Soccer Cup. By1995, the stalwart axeman was the only original member of Wishbone Ash. His commitment to maintaining the band’s legacy has been evident in performance of new and classic songs on frequent tours of Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States. www.wishboneash.com.