Michael Weber – ‘The Hollywood EP’


Michael at the ripe age of 18, has been playing professionally since he was 7, opening for national acts. The Michael Weber Show features a power trio with added keys and horn section. Something impressive is the genre’s he covers from originals to blues, to rock, to horn band music, with a voice that fits the material. This EP is his second release, with Michael writing the material and performing the guitar, vocal and some of the keyboard functions. This release was recorded at United Recording Studios in Hollywood, with Mike Mills (R.E.M.) on keys, Jay Bellerose (Elton John, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss) on drums, and Jen Condos (Ray Lamontagne, Stevie Nicks) on bass.

Can’t See Eye To Eye is a hit, both lyrically and construction wise. Bad Luck Blues is done in traditional blues style, with some nice guitar licks. The Big Machine is a slower ballad type song, done in more of a rock than blues style, with words dealing with life in general. Born To Lead is almost a shuffle type, guitar driven piece with some nice licks.

In talking with Mike, ironically he sees more of his roots in classic rock than he does blues, but it’s apparent he studied both. Keep your eyes out for this guy. I’ve known most of the young guitar slingers since they started out, watching them progress into the mainstream. Michael is definitely in their class. He is loaded with licks that fit each style he performs, and roams the stage and crowd doing every guitar stunt you’ve ever seen (and maybe haven’t). You won’t be disappointed!


By R. M. Engelman