Jim Weider’s Project Percolator – Live (Featuring James Montgomery)

Moon Haw Records

Moon Haw Records

Some guitar players – incredible guitar players – have made a career out of utilizing the Fender Telecaster’s legendary twang. Others have made history by exploring the sonic territory that lies beyond. Danny Gatton and Roy Buchanan come to mind – both unfortunately no longer with us.

But Jim Weider is.

Weider may be best known to some as the guy who held down the guitar berth in The Band post-Robbie Robertson. He was a member of Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble Band for the last few years of the legendary drummer’s life and has helped to keep The Band’s family torch lit with various musical projects since. His instructional videos share a wealth of classic country blues and rockabilly picking, but there’s a whole side of Jim Weider’s playing that embraces the aforementioned beyond-Twangville territory. And his Project Percolator has become the vehicle of choice when it comes to going where no Telecaster has gone before.

Jim's sweetheart '52 Tele

Jim’s sweetheart ’52 Tele

With Weider at the helm, Project Percolator cruises with the mighty rhythm duo of drummer Rodney Holmes and bassist Steve Lucas tending the boiler. Here you have a duo capable of yin-yanging from a syrupy funk groove to an angular time-tumble in the middle of a jam – unfazed by detours to Bakersfield or Trenchtown along the way. Holmes is the epitome of a powerhouse drummer blessed with incredible taste and imagination and Lucas formation-flies with him like only a total beat brother can.

Beyond the core three, Project Percolator has featured some talented friends during its existence. Past adventurers include Mitch Stein (a longtime guitar foil for Steve Kimock) and Weider’s old Bandmate, keyboard wizard Garth Hudson. For Live (recorded last September at Olde Mistick Village Performing Arts Center in Mystic, CT) guitarist Avi Bortnick and multi-instrumentalist Jason Crosby join in the fun – and if that wasn’t enough, James Montgomery adds his fierce bluesman bellow and classic harp to the second half of the set. The result is a night jam-packed with jams à la Steve Kimock Band with a side order of blues that ranges from Stax-style cool (“Help Me” is total intergalactic Booker T. & The M.G.’s) to Fillmore West psychedelia (“Mona” – think Jeff Beck sits in with Quicksilver Messenger Service).

Click HERE to read the conclusion of Jim Weider’s Project Percolator Live on Jambands.com

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