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Tim Weed CD Release
December 11, 2013
Wednesday, December 11
8pm $20 advance / $25 day-of-show
Tim Weed was a 16-year-old surfer in Southern California when he broke out as a banjo-playing prodigy and catapulted into his lifelong courtship with the banjo. His journey began with bluegrass, of course - at 17 he helped found the high-powered young bluegrass group Last Chance, which went on to launch the careers of Grammy-winning artists like Stuart Duncan and Alison Brown.
But Weed and his banjo proved to be nomadic travelers, traversing the world, taking in musical influences the way some collect travel souvenirs. He soaked up music from India, Tibet, South America, and European classical composers. A veteran multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter, he's performed for the Dalai Lama, produced over 100 albums, and once inspired legendary music producer Phil Ramone to pronounce him "an incredible singer."
In 2004, Weed honored his classical forefathers with his CD "Milagros," a collection of elegantly composed original classical pieces, performed solo on the 5-string banjo. His virtuosic songs were featured on National Public Radio and gave listeners a musical jolt; “We popped the CD into the player and I almost drove off the road,” recalled Mike Kropp of Banjo Newsletter. “The sound coming out of the speakers was amazing.”
The songs on Weed's new album "Soul House" draw from a deep well of Americana, bluegrass, soul and blues influences, as well as African and world music inspired by his lifetime of travel. On the record, his banjo weaves a unique tapestry alongside instruments like tabla, didgeridoo, harmonium and Weed’s stunning tenor voice.