Levi Weaver is not the kind of artist who likes to sit still for very long. To borrow a line from Willie Nelson, one of his favorite songwriters, he just can’t wait to get on the road again.
The multi-instrumental singer/songwriter, who recently packed up his house and bought an RV for his family to travel the country with him in, readily admits to his inherent wanderlust, having grown up going from town to town to follow wherever the rodeo his father worked for landed up.
“It’s accurate,” Weaver agrees. “I didn’t think it was much to do with my childhood until we bought this RV and the first week out, there was this sense of - almost relief. Like going home after a long time away. No wonder I’ve had commitment issues with locations; I couldn’t find home because home was a moving target.”
The roving artist, who now tours with his family, will be stopping off at Esquires, Bedford on Wednesday, February 11.
Weaver’s perpetual on-the-move lifestyle helps fuel the churn of the core concepts explored on his latest and most affecting album, Your Ghost Keeps Finding Me, which tells intimate tales about young love and marriage.
His own brand of world-class post-folk is grounded in emotional authenticity, thematic ties and literate lyrics. Through these ideals, his tastes extend from classic country like the aforementioned Willie Nelson, to modern singer-songwriters like Josh Ritter, to sonic adventurers like Radiohead and Arcade Fire, and to pop-punk like Thursday and Brand New.
Weaver has released two full-length albums, two EPs, and two live albums. One of his most profound artistic assets is how the live show complements his recorded music.
His studio work is often stately and beautifully layered, but live, he re-imagines these creations as a one-man band, intriguing audiences with loop pedals, dual mics, and a violin bow, which he occasionally applies to his guitar strings.
“As far as the loops go, it was honestly just a matter of necessity,” he explains. “I had just moved to England and didn’t know any other musicians, but I’d been asked to play a show and they wanted to hear ‘Which Drink?’. It’s nice to have requests, but that song is just the same five chords on repeat. Recording it, I’d been able to add and subtract, but it was going to be really boring and disappointing if I just played it on a guitar.
“I learned to loop the chords so I could at least play the lead line. From there, it just became a matter of having ideas — ‘What about my voice?’, ‘What about some effects?,’ ‘What about multiple channels?’ — and figuring out how to do them.”
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