On a whim, the brothers wrote to Hawkins asking for his advice on their burgeoning career.
Much to the brothers' shock and surprise, their hero responded, and later invited their band to his farm in Canada. During the 90-day visit, Hawkins mentored the boys, schooling them at his legendary rock 'n' roll boot camp. While there, they learned the virtues of practice, hard work and determination.
"He taught us how to really get tight. He showed us the dedication it takes to really play on that level," Ryan said.
After their training was complete, Hawkins invited the Weber Brothers to join him on the road as the latest incarnation of his backing band, The Hawks.
The Weber Brothers crisscrossed North America and were given the opportunity to meet and play with former Band musicians Levon Helm and Garth Hudson. They also shared stages with other musical legends like Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Chuck Berry and Berry's pianist, Johnnie Johnson.
With the skills and knowledge gained from their tenure backing Hawkins, the Weber Brothers struck out on their own.
In the more than 10 years that have followed, the band has carved out its own place in musical history, releasing eight independent albums packed to the brim with a unique, soulful blend of rock 'n' roll.
Tonight, the Weber Brothers will invade Charleston's The Empty Glass, bringing with them the full weight of their legacy and musical prowess. At the show, where they will be supported by opening band Burning Up The East Coast, the Webers promise an unforgettable evening.
"Our live show is something like people have never seen before," said Ryan. "It's a celebration; it's a culmination."
Contact writer Charles Young at charles.yo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1796.
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