Jim Weider and the Honky Tonk Gurus:
[CD cover ]
"Make no mistake, this album isn't only for guitar connoisseurs. Keep a look out for the CD as it could
be the best investment you've ever made."
-- Lee Gabites, Jawbone magazine
Big Foot is the first solo album from The Band's guitarist Jim Weider. Besides The Gurus,
Randy Ciarlante (drums, vocals) and Richard Bell (piano),
all the other members of The Band
appear on the CD. In addition Tony Levin of Peter Gabriel's band appears with Harvey Brooks, David Sancious,
Jonell Moser and many others.
See also the
Jim Weider web site, Lee Gabites' 1997 interview with Jim Weider and Philip H. Farber's review, for more about this CD.
Big Foot was first released on the independent Moon Haw label in 1998, then
re-released with major distribution by EKG Recordings in June 2000. In Europe it came out
on the German label
Ulftone in March 2000.
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The Japanese version of Big Foot has an extra bonus
track, the instrumental tune "Elmo's Mambo"
- Big Foot
Influenced by Paul Burlison this hard rocker has Weider performing some stinging
guitar on his 1954 Fender Esquire. Robbie Dupree blows harp around open string pull-offs and
country bends. A strong opener that wears a size ten.
- Little Miss Lover
Thankfully, not an obvious Hendrix cover. Funky wah wah
abounds with Lamont Depew's vocal spookily close to the Hendrix original. Thundering drums and
some spine-tingling guitar work.
- Deepest Cut
A slow blues that oozes with feeling and emotion. With delicate acoustic
guitar, piano and organ behind Weider's heart-wrenching fluid guitar, this song really takes you
places. A Jim Weider original that's an atmospheric masterpiece.
- New Orleans Boogie
The title gives this one away. Rockabilly guitar, punchy horns
and barrelhouse piano from Richard Bell. With Harvey Brooks on bass, this is a good-time
instrumental that gives Weider plenty of space for some guitar gymnastics.
- Love's Like Rain
A more uptempo arrangement to the Burlison version. Nashville
songstress Jonell Mosser's raw, uninhibited vocal smokes alongside an insidious R&B pattern from
The Band and The Uptown Horns. A great harmony vocal from Danko, unmistakable keyboard fills
from Hudson and a fine horn arrangement from Tom Malone makes this song a strong contender for
a single release.
- Sliding Home
A beautiful instrumental written by Jim Weider and Colin Linden. Both
play slide guitar (Linden on acoustic), with bass from Tony Levin and horns by Garth Hudson. Some
nice mandolin plays throughout. This track leaves you with a sense of longing and mystery. A big
slice of melancholy.
- Deep Feeling
Using pedal steel bends, hammer-ons and harmonics Weider spins
beautifully executed variations on the songs melody before bursting into an inspired lead solo. A
Chuck Berry instrumental, this slow-burner features Stan Szelest (one of the best rock and roll piano
players, ever!) and Garth Hudson on organ.
- Groove Me
Originally a US #1 R&B single for King Floyd in 1970. Jim does an
instrumental version that highlights his virtuosity as a guitarist.
- I'm In Love
Written by Bobby Womack and originally released by Wilson Pickett in 1968.
This soulful groove contains a magical vocal from Ernie Cate of The Cate Bros Band. David
Sancious (of Bruce Springsteen & Sting fame) has sole credit for drum program, keyboard and strings,
horn and song arrangements.
- Texas Shuffle
Weider gives a nod to the late, great, Stevie Ray Vaughan. A glorious
mix of country blues rhythms, string snapping and screaming guitar bends. Jim pulls out all the stops
on this Weider/Richard Bell original with master bassist Harvey Brooks along for the ride.
- Many Rivers To Cross
The final track that sees Weider as a consummate master of
the guitar fretboard. Each note is as tearful and spiritual as the Jimmy Cliff original. Full backing
vocals enhance the songs gospel quality. Harvey Brooks returns on bass, Richard Bell and Randy
Ciarlante play their part.
- Elmo's Mambo
Bonus track available only on the Japanese release. A nice instrumental tune.
Jim Weider and the Honky Tonk Gurus - Big Foot - 1998 - Moon Haw Records
- Harvey Brooks
- Gary Burke
- David Sancious
- Benjamin Alexander
- Tony Levin
- Robbie Dupree
- Stan Szelest
- Rose Odom
- Garth Hudson
- Colin Linden
- Ernie Cate
- Ben Odom
- Rick Danko
- Crispen Cioe
- Larry Etkin
- Rhonda Ferguson
- Jonell Mosser
- Rob Leon
- Lamont Depew
- Roger Mason
- Paul Branin
- Jimmy Eppard
- George Lembesis, photographer
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