The Weber Brothers
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The Weber Brothers

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The best kept secret in music

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149 Lake Street -2003
Lost and Found - 2004
Bare as Bones - 2005
Live at the Gordon Best - 2006

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Ryan and Sam Weber have been playing music together since Sam received a guitar for Christmas when he was eight years old. Ryan, two and a half years older than Sam, picked up the bass and soon the brothers were playing shows all over their native Westminster, Maryland in bands such as Illegal Aliens and the Northern Lights. After finishing high school and traveling to cities such as Nashville, Memphis, and Chicago, the Brothers decided to send a demo tape to Ronnie Hawkins, whom they have idolized since they saw his performance in the Band’s ‘The Last Waltz.’ Hawkins was so impressed with the Weber Brothers’ talents that he invited them to his house north of Peterborough to attend his ‘ 90 day Rock and Roll Boot Camp.’ Ryan and Sam had no idea that this consisted of little rock and roll and a lot of manual labour, but after three months of living and rehearsing on Hawkins’ farm, the brothers became members of Ronnie’s world famous band ‘The Hawks.’ Under the wing of The Hawk they learned the importance of rehearsing daily, leadership and group dynamics. Having undergone heart surgery and later diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Ronnie Hawkins was only playing a handful of shows a year. The Brothers decided to strike out on their own and quickly became tuned into the Peterborough, Ontario music scene, building a loyal fan base with their high energy rock and roll sets. On October, 4th 2002 the Weber Brothers were asked to take part in a tribute to Ronnie Hawkins to be held at Massey Hall. At the age of 18 and 20 the brothers played along side their heroes Garth Hudson and Levon Helm of The Band as well as musicians like Jeff Healey, Kris Kristofferson, Tom Cochrane, Domenic Troiano, and the Tragically Hip. "The evening’s events were a fitting tribute. No one else could get such a combination of talent together for one night. The show was emceed by comedian actor Patrick McKenna (The Red Green Show). It was obvious he was having a good time. The line up of stars was wide ranging from Ronnie’s own house band “The Hawks” including long time friend, songwriter and original back up singer B.J. Cook, The Band's Levon Helm and Garth Hudson (and his beautiful wife Maud!), The Tragically Hip, David Wilcox, Amy Sky, Domenic Troiano, Tom Wilson, The Partland Brothers, Greg Godovitz (Goddo), Kelly Jay (Crowbar), Leah Hawkins, Buzz Thompson, The Weber Brothers, Mark Jordan, Michael Burgess (Phanton of the Opera), Tom Cochrane (Red Rider), Jeff Healey and Kevin Hearn of the BareNaked Ladies. Each performer offered tribute and dedicated songs to their hero and mentor. David Wilcox opened with “There would not be a David Wilcox if there had not been a Ronnie Hawkins”. The Weber Brothers celebrated the release of their debut album ‘149 Lake Street’ in January 2003 with a sold out show at Market Hall, featuring special guest Garth Hudson of The Band on keyboards. The following year saw the brothers tour across Canada and the United States where they met John Fogerty and Chuck Berry. They also played a private concert for Robbie Robertson at his office in Los Angeles. 2004 was another big year for the Weber Brothers, boosted by their appearance in the CTV documentary Ronnie Hawkins-‘Still Alive and Kickin’ which aired August 20th. They released their second album ‘Lost and Found’, May 14, 2004 with special guest Johnnie “B. Goode” Johnson at Market Hall. ‘Lost and Found’ received NOW magazine's "Critics' Pick" and garnished a NNNN rating. April 23, 2005, billed with the legendary Leon Russell, The Weber Brothers released their 3rd album entitled ‘Bare as Bones’. Recorded and mixed by Alec Fraser, award winning producer of the acclaimed Liquid Toronto Recording Studio. Among his many accolades, Alec has recorded and or produced multiple WC Handy, Juno, Mapleblues and Canadian Indie Awarded CD`s for many international artists. Alec also assisted the production of the Weber Brothers first album ‘149 Lake Street’. ‘Bare as Bones’ features an acoustic duo setting, with Sam and Ryan Weber as the contributing musicians. Harmonies are found across this disc, backed by dog house slap bass and thumbin' style guitar playing. In the summer of 2005, The Weber Brothers were offered a spot in a rejuvenated Ronnie Hawkins’ band as ‘The Hawks’. During the Havelock Jamboree this year the band opened for Travis Tritt and welcomed over 80,000 attendees. The Weber Brothers can be found backing the legendary Hawk at concert halls across North America as well as fronting The Weber Brothers band in support of their 4 independent album releases.