Josiah Cephas Weaver : Crossing Over

CD [Cover Art for Josiah Cephas Weaver / Crossing Over] Your Price: $17.51
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Sell date: 11/2008
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Josiah Cephas Weaver, songwriter, composer, Florida businessman, and Virginia rancher, was born to Geneva and Elmer Weaver in the back hills of southern Virginia on October 9th, 1941. When the rest of the world watched as Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese and the Soviet Union was invaded by the Germans, Josiah Cephas picked Granny Smith apples for his mother's cobblers, swept the dust from his father's saw mill, walked barefoot to Garden City Elementary School, and skinny-dipped with his brother Maynard in the cool waters of Back Creek. Family, church, school, and work.... these were the 'rocks' of young Josiah's world, but music......that was his life water. The music washed away the dirt of life, immersed him in the language of the hills, and fed his childhood dreams ...and dream he did indeed. From his earliest memories Josiah sang songs. For almost 60 years Josiah sang songs to entertain just about anyone who would listen. Josiah sang songs to tell stories about life. Josiah sang songs to help him understand himself and others. He always made up his own songs and somewhere along the line he taught himself to play the guitar and piano. To this day he cannot read or write music....never really had a need to learn! On Sunday afternoons, his uncle Brandon would come over with his 'ole GEEtar', sit out on the back porch swing, eat fried chicken legs 'like they was nothing'..... and the music would flow like the quick current of the nearby Roanoke River. After putting in a long summer day at the sawmill, Josiah and his cousin Price Bandy would drink Orange Crush outside the Hidey Ho country store and sing along with Hank Williams on the radio. On a Saturday night you might find Josiah and Bobby Hylton headed up to Starkey Speedway, cruising in a '37 'Flying 8' Ford coupe. Although the Weaver family home did not have electricity or indoor plumbing during those early years, Josiah's sometimes harsh childhood provided a solid foundation of rock that has fed his flow of music for ''bout near' 6 decades. Josiah's childhood ended quickly when at the age 15 he left home....alone. He did, however, save his hard-earned money and take a Greyhound bus to Tampa, Florida. When he arrived with only a few quarters left in his Wrangler jeans, he walked 20 miles to Clearwater. That first night he slept in a phone booth and never looked back. He found work as a tile-setter apprentice and by the age of 19 started Weaver Tile Company. For the next 20 years, Weaver Tile flourished in central Florida and by the mid-70s Josiah was building warehouses and offices for lease in Clearwater. By 1978, he closed his tile business and set his sights on the development of Weaver Enterprises including Weaver Park, which today includes approximately 400,000 square feet of leased office and warehouse space in Clearwater. When he is not overseeing Weaver Enterprises, Josiah can often be found at his beloved, 4000 acre WW Ranch near Wytheville, Virginia. On any given day he may be checking on his Hereford and Angus herds, hunting wild turkey or deer, clearing land with his Cat 955 'dozer', or telling jokes with Jay Hall, the ranch foreman and manager. But every 4th of July you can be sure to find Josiah at the WW Ranch...doing what he loves....doing what flows naturally.......singing and entertaining the people that mean the most to him in the hills of his childhood home. From his youth to his earliest days in Florida to the present, Josiah's river of music flowed. In fact, when life was the toughest.....when he worked for 36 straight hours laying tile and supervising over 100 employees.....when his much loved wife passed away from cancer......when the future was hard to see.....it was that steady Virginia upbringing, faith in God, and mountain music that carried his soul to the next day......to the next level....and carry him it did. Looking back, Josiah's first band was formed in the mid-50s. It was called 'The Neptunes' and his songs were released on 45 records. On several occasions The Neptunes were the warm up band for touring shows including Flo

 
 Tracks
 
Crossing Over
What Are You Going to Do
Just the Name of Jesus
Walking With the Master
The Holy Bible
Lord Make Me a Better Person
My Guardian Angel
Streets of Gold
Lord I'm Nothing Without You
He's Coming Back