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Telecaster Master Jim Weider Drops New Album with the Weight Band

Jim Weider performs at the "Masters of the Telecaster" show in New York City, 2016.
Jim Weider performs at the "Masters of the Telecaster" show in New York City, 2016. (Image credit: Al Pereira/Getty Images)

The Weight Band may have been born in a barn, but it wasn’t just any old barn; we’re talking about Levon Helm's barn (opens in new tab) in Woodstock, New York. And with their eclectic blend of blues, soul and roots-rock (aka “the Woodstock sound”) guitarist Jim Weider and Co are back with a barnstorming new album.

Following up 2018’s World Gone Mad, Shines Like Gold is the Weight Band’s sophomore studio effort and is set for release on April 1, 2022.

Staying true to the group’s knockout live sound led by Weider’s punchy electric guitar licks, Shines Like Gold was tracked with long-time collaborator, producer Colin Linden, in just four days.

"He had a big hand and footprint on this record," commented Weider. "We go back, so there is a comfortableness working with him."

The Weight Band 'Shine LIke Gold' album artwork

(Image credit: John Halpern)

Alongside world-renowned Telecaster Master Jim Weider (The Band, Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Band, Jim Weider Band), the Weight Band’s all-star line-up also features keyboardist Brian Mitchell (Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Band, Bob Dylan), bassist Albert Rogers (Jim Weider Band, Jimmy Vivino), drummer Michael Bram (Willie Nelson, Jason Mraz) and keyboardist Matt Zeiner (Dickey Betts, Jaimoe.)

The Weight Band featuring JIm Weider

The Weight Band (Image credit: The Weight Band)

With a mutual appreciation and deep-rooted love for the “Woodstock mountain sound,” the Weight Band serves as a torchbearer for this unique brand of Americana. 

On Shines Like Gold, the veteran quintet conveys a sense of hope for the future in a musically dynamic work that swings from swamp pop to roadhouse rock, with hefty doses of blues, soul and country thrown in for good measure.

The Weight Band recently dropped the lead single and title track from Shines Like Gold along with an accompanying video. Take a listen here and check out Weider’s masterful guitar technique…

Pre-order Shines Like Gold by the Weight Band here (opens in new tab).

Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as GuitaristTotal Guitar, Guitar World (opens in new tab)Guitar Player (opens in new tab) and MusicRadar (opens in new tab) in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.