Tim Weed releases Soul House

10/10/2013

Tim Weed’s new album, “Soul House,” is a testament to the diverse sounds and skills—also the heart—of a man who began as a teenage banjo prodigy in Southern California and landed in West Marin as a seasoned multi-instrumentalist in 2008. In between he traveled to Fiji, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Honduras, Singapore and Hawaii, among other faraway places, and produced over 100 albums. Mr. Weed, whose blue eyes, tanned skin, shock of white hair and warm smile make him unmistakable around town, quickly carved a niche as one of the area’s best-loved performers, often playing at benefits and community events with mandolins, cellos, fiddles, kora and harmonium, and always with his partner, yoga teacher and singer Debbie Daly. He has appeared on National Public Radio; an earlier CD of classical banjo solos, “Milagros,” is carried on David Grisman’s label. Slated for release on Oct. 15, Mr. Weed’s fourth and perhaps most eclectic album features his acrobatic tenor vocals within a surprising mix of bluegrass, blues, American folk, traditional African call-and-response and love songs. The title track, a sort of hymn, commences the album with the entreaty, “Feel the beat of your heart, rhythm of your soul/Feel the pulse, pulse of life, rhythm of your soul,” sung in a round with crisp, clean harmonies. (Some people on the long list of vocal contributors are Mr. Weed’s students, others are frequent collaborators in his multicultural musical endeavors.) He will perform songs from his latest collection—what he calls “music from the house of my soul”—during a CD release celebration at the Dance Palace Community Center on Friday, Nov. 8. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, or $50 for supporters. The show is co-sponsored by KWMR, Point Reyes Books and Gallery Route One. He will play the following day, on Saturday, Nov. 9 at The Fenix, in San Rafael. ($20; dinner reservations required.) For information about the shows, and to hear tracks from the album or pre-order it, visit timweed.com.