The Weber Brothers
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“If I had The Weber Brothers with me in 1952, Elvis would’ve been my roadie.” –Ronnie Hawkins
To many, The Weber Brothers are the baddest band in the land. To many more their story sits like an ancient volume in an old bookstore, dust covered, tucked away behind hundreds of newer, shinier books. Untouched. Waiting to be discovered. Regardless of what side you’re on, there’s an undeniable truth. In the rough and tumble world of rock and roll, The Weber Brothers have certainly been around the block.
Ryan and Sam Weber left their Baltimore, MD home as teenagers with the aim of meeting their idol, rockabilly legend Ronnie “The Hawk” Hawkins. Mere months later, after going through his fabled “90 Day Rock and Roll Boot Camp”, they became full fledged members of his storied backing band “The Hawks”, and under his wing learned the ins and outs of what it is to be a musician. By the ages of 18 and 21 they had already performed alongside Kris Kristofferson, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Jeff Healey and David Wilcox to name a few.
Over the last decade they’ve recorded 8 albums and toured extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, joined by keyboardist extraordinaire/longtime partner-in-crime Shai “Cookie” Peer and young hot-shot drummer Marcus Browne. Between their renowned musical ability, high-energy performances and lessons learned first hand from some of rock music’s pioneers, a reputation as an awe-inspiring band now precedes them.
In October 2012 the brothers were invited to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame American Music Masters Tribute to Chuck Berry in Cleveland where they shared the stage with Merle Haggard, Lemmy Kilmister, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Rick Derringer, Joe Bonamassa, Earl Slick, Steve Jordan and the father of Rock and Roll himself, Chuck Berry.
“If it’s looked at as a passing of the torch or a keeping of the flame, then we’re the guys to do it,” says Ryan Weber.
“Imagine a band so indebted to the likes of Bob Dylan, the Band and Dr. John, that their music comes off like the last 25 years never happened, straight up rock without pretense or any definable link to Cobain or Yorke….”
– Now Magazine