Classic Christian Rock = Petra!
Louie Weaver was born in Nashville, Tennessee, where he attended high school at Glencliff Complex High School. He was part of a school jazz band playing at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium. In 1969 he graduated and continued to study in Trevecca Nazarene College. There he obtained a B.A. in percussion.
After graduating he went on to work with several artists. He was a session player for Randy Matthews and Fireworks, also touring with Matthews and Crossfire. He also played with Parable, Good Grief, and Chuck McCleod’s Band.
In 1981 he joined Petra becoming a staple of the band with his trademark drumming and style. In 2005 he collaborated with Project Damage Control with John Schlitt on vocals. Weaver performed briefly with a band called Viktor with other well-known veteran musicians.
Weaver played with Classic Petra from 2010 to 2012, which was a re-united version of the band featuring some of the members from the 80’s: Bob Hartman, Greg X. Volz, John Lawry and Mark Kelly. This instance of the band recorded Back to the Rock in 2010, which was Weaver’s first studio album with the Classic Petra lineup since Beat the System in 1984.
Weaver was voted “Favorite Drummer” by CCM Magazine’s readers choice for five years in a row (1989-93.)
Louie is looking forward to more Classic Petra ahead, starting with the band playing at the 40th Anniversary of CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) concert in January, 2015.