CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "Radio Free Charleston" marks seven years as a video entity with a special episode, now online at the Pop Cult blog (blogs.wvgazette.com/popcult). The show presents three songs from a house concert filmed at the home of Dave and Lisa Roberts in South Charleston.
The "RFC" cameras were invited to the house last month to film a living room concert featuring two internationally-known virtuoso musicians: from Nashville, bassist Sean O'Bryan Smith, and from Cleveland, guitar wizard Neil Zaza. They were joined by drummer Garrett Janos, to form the progressive power trio The Monsters Under The Bed.
"Formed" is the key word. Prior to the performance seen in this "RFC" episode, O'Bryan and Zaza had not only never played together, but they had never even met in person until the afternoon of the house concert, when they tore through a quick rehearsal jam.
O'Bryan is an acclaimed solo artist, but is also an in-demand session musicians, having played or toured with Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts and Kenny Rogers, to name just a few.
Zaza is also a well-known solo artist who pioneered the "melodic instrumental rock" genre with his breakthrough hit, "I'm Alright." His "One Silent Night" concerts have become an annual holiday tradition in Cleveland, and he has recorded with Dweezil Zappa, Eric Carmen, Michael Stanley and Stewart Copeland.
The episode features O'Bryan's song, "Sweet," a hit on the smooth jazz charts, and Zaza's "I'm Alright." The newly formed band wraps up the show with a slow jam on "The House of the Rising Sun."