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The Weber Brothers
WHERE: The Empty Glass
WHEN: 10 p.m. Thursday
INFO: 304-345-3914 or www.emptyglass.comCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A lot of bands get their start in rock 'n' roll the same way: somebody gets a guitar for Christmas.
That's the beginning of the story for The Weber Brothers, Sam and Ryan.
"I got a guitar for Christmas when I was 8 or 9," Sam said. "Ryan got a bass not long after that."
Ryan, the older brother, added, "I was going to be a singer, and we were going to do Guns N' Roses. I was going to be Axl Rose, but we needed somebody to play bass because we thought every band needed a bass guy in the band. So, I picked it up."
Two guys and a couple of guitars: that's a pretty common rock 'n' roll band story, but where the Weber Brothers went from there -- well, that's not so common.
The brothers, who perform Thursday at the Empty Glass, grew up in Maryland and started playing shows in high school. Like a couple of kids, they played parties and school dances then moved on to bars before Sam graduated high school.
"Our first real gig was at the New Windsor Inn in Maryland," Ryan said. "It was a pretty skid row place, but it had its charms."
"They let us play," Sam added. "And that was what we wanted. We wanted to play as many gigs as we could. That's what you've got to do to get proficient: you play."
In high school, they fell hard in love with rock 'n' roll, and not just the stuff they heard on the radio, but the older rock stuff -- like the music of rockabilly legend, Ronnie Hawkins.
Aside from a respectable music career, Hawkins had made something of a name for himself as a guy who put together bands that sometimes became famous, including Janis Joplin's Full Tilt Boogie, Skylark and The Band.
"He was one of our biggest heroes," Sam said.
The brothers contacted him, and oddly, Hawkins invited them to come up to play with him sometime.