Masters of the Telecaster featuring Jim Weider, G.E. Smith, and Duke Levine with special guests Sly Fox & the Hustlers & Nate Gross Band
SAT 9/21 .• Cohoes Music Hall
With three of the most prolific rock guitarists in the world: GE Smith (Hall & Oats /Bob Dylan & SNL band), Jim Weider (The Band & Levon Helm Band), and Duke Levine (Peter Wolf, Rosanne Cash), this is sure to be a historic night of Blues & Roots Rock & Roll. Playing tunes from Roy Buchanan, Little Richard, Neil Young, Jimmy Reed ,Steve Winwood, Sam Cooke and more!
Jim Weider, a master of classic telecaster guitar, 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 '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. 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. GE Smith was sought out by major recording artists like 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. http://gesmithmusic.wordpress.com.
Guitarist Robert “Duke” Levine was born and raised in Worcester, MA. He moved to Boston to study music and graduated from the New England Conservatory.In addition to releasing five records of instrumental guitar music, Duke Levine divides his time between the studio and the road. He has recorded and/or performed live with Peter Wolf, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rosanne Cash, Lee Ann Womack, The J. Geils Band, Robbie Fulks, Slaid Cleaves, Aimee Mann, Jonatha Brooke, The Del Fuegos, Otis Rush, and many others.
TV appearances include The Late Show w/ David Letterman, The Tonight Show, Late Show w/Conan O’Brien, Late Night w/ Jimmy Fallon, Austin City Limits, and Soundstage. You can hear his playing on film scores such as “Lone Star”, “The Opposite Of Sex”, “Passion Fish”, “Honeydripper” and “Music Of The Heart”. Duke’s work has been recognized by the Boston Music Awards (“Unsung Hero” of 2006, “Outstanding Instrumentalist” of 1995). He is featured in the book “The Fender Telecaster: The Life And Times Of The Electric Guitar That Changed The World” by Dave Hunter.
Sly Fox and the Hustlers
“Heavy Voodoo Blues over Swampy Funky Grooves!” And “an exciting show not to be missed.” That’s what the press has to say about Sly Fox and the Hustlers. And they prove it every time they take the stage. High energy live shows and songs performed with passion by their dynamic frontman Sly Fox have helped the band to build a buzz throughout the Northeast.
John Popper of Blues Traveler called Sly Fox and the Hustlers "one of the best bands I've seen in a long time!" The band has shared stages with Popper’s Blues Traveler, Robin Trower, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, (on multiple tours with a recent stop playing to a sold out crowd in their hometown of Albany, NY at the Egg Performance Center) and others. The Hustlers have also been a mainstay at festivals and music events across the Northeast, including Alive @ 5, the Americade Bike Fest, Movefest, the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City, and others. They have been named Best Original Blues Rock band multiple times by Albany’s Metroland magazine. The band has released two full-length albums and a live EP: “Live at the Egg,” and will be at work on a fourth project this year.
The NY based band was formed in 2010 when Sly Fox’s longtime friend and musical partner, the Anti- Records recording artist Sean Rowe took a leave from rock and roll to focus on performing solo. At the same time, Sly had been writing songs to help work through a difficult time in his life, and was becoming an engaging singer. "Sean and I had been playing guitars together and writing songs since we were twelve years old and Sean had always been the singer. Shortly after Sean went solo, I had been going through some tough times which had inspired me to write several new songs and they were just so personal that I felt I had to sing them to get the feeling and emotion across. So I became a singer out of necessity, and those songs became my first album, ‘The Low Life’" says Sly.
The band will continue to call New York their home as they tour throughout the United States beginning this summer. Wherever they travel, however, Sly says that a connection with the audience is paramount:
“We want to get on the road and travel, see new faces and share our music with people that feel our vibe. We just love playing live, putting all of our heart and soul into every performance. So many people come up after the shows and say ‘we felt it man’ and we know exactly what they mean. When hard working people get together and celebrate with their friends and forget their problems for a little while and just enjoy the moment of being alive, that's what living is all about - being in the moment. It's the universal, timeless spirit of music that makes you ‘feel it’ - true magic. Live music can be like a ritual when it's pure and real, it has a spiritual healing power. We just want to keep making the people feel it and be here with us as we do our part to carry the torch of rock n roll into the 21st Century."
Nate Gross Band
There are so many great guitar players out there today. We have the world at our fingertips and have access to every learning resource we can imagine but what is skill without soul?
Nate Gross is an old soul. At 35 years old, he has accomplished great success in the industry playing the styles that have been set aside as a new generation of pop music takes over our ears.
The Blues. Jazz. Traditional Country. R&B. Americana. All these elements make up the musical landscape of the 20th Century but seem to be lost until now. Nate Gross fuses these styles together like a cross country trip down route 66.
Like Kieth Richards once said, "If its not about the Blues, then why bother?" Today, Nate has reached back to his roots and is exploring his love of the Blues more than ever.
From an audience of over 30,000 people at The Taste of Country Music Festival to touring up and down the east coast, Nate has played for some of the best audiences a musician could hope for.
Sharing the stage with Walter Trout, Dickey Betts, Anders Osbourne, Honey Island Swamp Band, Willie Nelson, Joe Louis Walker, Willie Nelson, Victor Wainwright, Popa Chubby, JD Simo, Jason Ricci, JJ Appleton, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Big Sams Funky Nation, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Commander Cody, The Kentucky Headhunters, Blackberry Smoke, and Many more, Nate has paid his dues.