He's a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter who has dazzled audiences around the nation with his one-man folk-inspired band.

Levi Weaver plays everywhere from clubs to houses, and epitomizes the attitude of the independent and DIY artist.

He recently made some major changes in his life after producing what he calls "his best album yet," and will be performing at The Guild Hall in Savannah on Dec. 9.

After spending close to a solid year on the road between 2011-12, Weaver almost came to the end of his music career after being away from his wife and two children for such a long time.

However, he went into the studio and came out with "Your Ghost Keeps Finding Me," and decided he needed to hit the dusty trail once again. This time, he packed up his family in an RV and they've been on the road since February.

"Coming back home and trying to remember what it meant to be in a marriage - I just decided I wasn't going to do that again," Weaver said. "I didn't know if that meant the music was over.

"I just finished this new record and I think it's the best one that I've ever done. I wanted to tour on it. I just had the conversation with my wife. I said, 'Look, we can do it; if we hate it, we can always quit and do something else later.'"

Weaver has been adjusting to life on the road with his family. He schedules fewer shows in a week now to see the sights and spend time being a father, instead of just dredging America's highways from show to show.

The road life is one he is used to. Weaver grew up traveling - like something out of an Allman Brothers song - as the son of a rodeo cowboy/musician/preacher.

While his music draws influence from folk and classic country, Weaver has imbued his sound with his own aesthetic, creating a brand of "post-folk."

"I didn't start writing (music) to make a career out of it; it was just sort of this cathartic thing," Weaver said.

After joining a band in Texas, his birthplace, Weaver moved to England, where he began to truly write music.

He's built a name for himself due to elaborate staging and use of loop pedals and odd instrumentation. Weaver never sets out to write songs around loops, but without a backing band, they've become necessary for him reproduce the sound he wants in the live show.

"From a planning standpoint, I never write songs with the loop pedals in mind," Weaver said. "I think that lends itself - for me when I've tried to do that in the past - to bad songwriting. Writing with a gimmick in mind. I write songs to write the best song I can write.

"It's a creative outlet, but it's not the primary force for what I am doing," he said. "It's fun. The more you do songs, you play enough shows and the battle becomes, how do I not get bored with myself? If I am bored with myself, the audience is going to be bored with me. How can I do this song slightly different to keep myself engaged?"

Weaver's setup includes a regular mic, a looping mic and a harmonic mic that is ran through reverb and a delay pedal, giving it a ghostly choir feel when he adds his own vocal harmonies.

He also has several different looping pedals and switches he navigates with an ease that is mesmerizing to watch. Coupled with an incredible talent, Weaver is one of the more unique musical acts you can see today.

Recently, he added a small electronic piano that is velcroed to his guitar, and along with the elaborate pedal board, he's able to create a symphonic sound all by himself.

Weaver was picked up by a small label upon finishing the latest album, and with the exception of a new manager, is guided by his independent spirit - a burgeoning idea that has taken to flight in the digital age.

"When a corporation makes music, it operates as corporations do, with how can I make the most money?" Weaver said. "The highest profit is from what is working and what is trending. I don't blame them for running a corporation like a corporation.

"A good label is run with enough input from artists that value art as an important part of society and music as art. When you value music as art and value art as a part of functioning society, then your mindset becomes, how can you create art that is important?

"Then you hire people and say we are going to make art that is important; how do we break even doing that? That I think should be the focus. It takes a special kind of breed to do that," Weaver said.

"Art has never been intended to make people rich. I don't think it should. When it does, you have people in it for the wrong reasons."