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Weber Brothers releasing third CD from their Water Street Trilogy

by Kate Evans

The Weber Brothers, internationally renowned band and local favorites, are releasing their third CD of their
“Water Street Trilogy” called “I’m Free” on April 5.

The first and second CDs of the trilogy- “Wild As the Wild Dogs” and “In the Tangled Web” received high acclaim. “Wild As the Wild Dogs” reached number one on the World Roots Rock Music Report.

The Weber Brothers’ music is a mix of rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, jazz, country, swing and ballads.
It features powerful lead vocals, introspective lyrics, close-knit harmonies and superb guitars and instrumentation.

The Weber Brothers band- brothers Ryan Weber and Sam Weber, drummer Marcus Browne, guitarist Emily
Burgess and multi-instrumentalist Rico Browne — recorded 31 songs live in 13 hours during the pandemic
with friend and producer James Mckenty.

Opportunities to play as a band were few and far between then. The band had quite a lot of material they hadn’t recorded yet and decided to record the songs live.

The first album “Wild As the Wild Dogs” was “like getting ready to go out at night” and the second CD “In The Weber Brothers Band the Tangled Web” “goes deep into the wee, wee hours,” said Ryan Weber.

“I’m Free” was like “coming up on a new brand day” with new possibilities after making it through the dark night.

The album is dedicated to brothers’ friend, teacher and mentor-rock and roll legend Ronnie Hawkins. Ryan and Sam Weber sent Hawkins a demo CD when they were teens and Hawkins invited them to attend his famed Rock and Roll Boot Camp.

Ryan Weber said “I’m Free” is a rock and roll album and is the kind of music that Ronnie loved.

“His presence is all over this album, and this whole trilogy, as it is I think in everything we do,” Ryan
Weber said.

Paying tribute to Ronnie for the impact and influence he had on them and for the spirit of what he taught them is a constant goal.

“The songs on this trilogy are a testament to what he taught us,” said Ryan.

Their new CD “I’m Free” includes stellar hard rockers, driving blues and classic rockabilly tunes-all original
songs composed by the group.

“Big Bass String” tells the story of the band and travel ing and mentions Berkeley Springs. The Weber Brothers weave in philosophical takes on life in songs like “Get To You” and the bluesy title track “I’m Free.”

In “2 Stand,” the band sings of two standing a better chance than one of chasing the blues away.

“Let Me Be Your Man” features sweet guitar licks and precision keyboards.

“Doubt and Worry” sends these emotions packing with the line “you ain’t welcome here no more.”

“Count On Spring” has driving drums and an intense electric guitar.

“I’m Free”-the band’s 17th album-will be available online as a download on all music streaming platforms.

The album can also be ordered as a physical CD through the band’s website or by messaging them on Facebook.

The Weber Brothers are excited to be coming back to Berkeley Springs for a June 7 performance at the Troubadour. The band is also performing in Harper’s Ferry on the Storer College grounds on June 8.

“We are always on the lookout for ways to come back and play soon,” said Ryan Weber.

Berkeley Springs is a home for them and is a part of them, Ryan said. They’ve got homes in Westminster, Maryland; Peterborough, Ontario and several places that feel like home.

“There is a particular kinship we feel with Berkeley (Springs), our friends and family there, and the fine folks of the area…there is a kind of feeling, a nameless kind of feeling in West Virginia that is hard to describe,
though you feel it right away when you get there and you feel it tugging at your sleeve straight away the minute you leave. We’ve been looking forward to getting back to West Virginia for a while,”
Ryan said.