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The RFC Flashback: Episode 187

This week we go back to July, 2013, for the seventh anniversary show of Radio Free Charleston. We didn’t do a huge celebration of this landmark, but we came up with a very special episode nonetheless. Usually we feature local artists on our show, but for this episode we took a bit of a departure. We went to visit Dave Roberts’ house on Montrose Avenue in South Charleston, where we witnessed a house concert by two internationally renowned musicians.

Our cameras were invited in that night for an amazing house concert featuring two 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 an amazing progressive power trio, The Monsters Under The Bed. “Formed” is the key word. Prior to the performance seen in this episode of RFC, Sean and Neil had not only never played together…they’d never met in person until the afternoon of this house concert, when they showed up at Dave’s house.

Dave has been on our show numerous times as a member of The Nanker Phelge, Trielement and other bands. For this show, Dave and his lovely wife, Lisa, opened the doors to their house and turned their living room into a concert venue.

Sean is an acclaimed solo artist, but is also an in-demand session musician, having played or toured with Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers, Billy Ray Cyrus and Malcom Jamal-Warner, to name just a few. Neil is also an acclaimed 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.

It was a real treat meeting the guys and it’s an honor to have them on Radio Free Charleston for our seventh video anniversary. To be honest, we didn’t really have anything planned for the anniversary show that year before this epic house concert fell into our laps. Check out the full production notes HERE.