Masters of the Telecaster ft. GE Smith, Jim Weider, & Jon Herington 4/12

With three of the most prolific rock guitarists in the world, including GE Smith (Roger Waters, Bob Dylan, & SNL band), Jim Weider (The Band & Levon Helm Band), and Jon Herington (Steely Dan), this is sure to be a historic night of blues, roots, and rock & roll. Playing tunes from Roy Buchanan, Little Richard, Steely Dan, Lee Dorsey, Bo Diddley, Sam Cooke, and more!

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 Wolf. He just finished a three year run with Roger Water’s WALL LIVE worldwide tour.

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, and Robbie Dupree, among many others.

Jon Herington is a longtime New York city based guitarist, singer/songwriter, producer, and bandleader. He is the leader of the Jon Herington Band and has been the guitarist of choice with the iconic band Steely Dan for both recording and touring since 1999. With the launch of Adult Entertainment, Jon now has five solo releases in his discography. His previous release, Time On My Hands, was nominated for Vintage Guitar Hall Of Fame Album of the Year. His guitar work with Steely Dan can be heard on their recordings Everything Must Go and Two Against Nature (both the CD and the live DVD) and on the Steely Dan VH1 Storytellers and Making of Aja DVD releases. Jon was also featured as lead guitarist on the Dukes of September Rhythm Revue’s Live at Lincoln Center DVD.

Jon also tours regularly with unique song stylist Madeleine Peyroux and has previously toured with Donald Fagen; Boz Scaggs; The Dukes of September (a supergroup featuring Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs, and Michael McDonald); Bette Midler; Phoebe Snow; and Bobby Caldwell.

About the openers, Taylor Barton & GE Smith:

Taylor Barton and GE Smith have been writing and performing together for 30 years. Barton met the Emmy winning Smith when she was dancing in a cameo, at SNL where Smith was bandleader for ten years. She has created a distinctive body of work and has earned many awards that established her as the distinguished songwriter she is today. She penned her first song on Dylan’s tour bus, where she learned her craft, while absorbing over 200 shows, when Smith was Dylan’s sideman. This acoustic duo, is a must see.  A different side of Smith emerges, and there is nothing more intimate then hearing two people who are so viscerally connected. Barton released her tenth collection, House of Light—a soulful, original and introspective record. ( Nov, 9th 2018)  Rolling Stone calls Barton beguiling and says, “she writes of beauty and grace in a sullied world.” Be prepared to be moved and altered by this show. They will be appearing at many venues in 2019. 

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