Dave is "...one of the freshest and most essential voices ininstrumental music today. Easley soars, shifts and flows, forming elegant patterns passing from sphere to shining sphere". - Michael Dominici, OffBeat Magazine
Drawing by Curtis Mathane
pedal steel guitar
"Using the pedal steel
guitar in jazz makes audiences hear the music in a new
however, uses pedal steel guitar as a lead instrument....He's
also brilliant. He reminds me of John Coltrane on the
pedal steel (Stephen Merriman).That's high praise, but
Merriman says it's warranted because Easley -- like
Trane -- transformed the way his instrument's used." -Howard Dukes, South Bend Tribune.
Dave Easley is a virtuoso pedal steel guitar player
who is an accomplished performing and recording jazz
artist, based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dave also writes,
plays guitar, and sings. His five-piece band, Heartifacts,
as quoted by Relix Magazine, is “…one of
the best, and most refreshing ‘unknown’
bands I’ve heard in a long, long time.”
The Memphis based literary journal, Beatlicks, stated
“…Dave Easley, is an unassuming prodigy.
His endless vocabulary of rock, blues, psychedelic,
and jazz licks make him one of the most familiar players
on the New Orleans music scene, where he is a runnin’
partner of Coco Robicheaux. He’s also a member
of bassist James Singleton’s creative jazz powerhouse,
3 Now 4. Easley is gifted with one of the great inexhaustible
musical imaginations in this city." (quote by Dennis
Formento). Dave has performed and recorded with 3 Now
4 on Time Ebbing, Book of Spells, and 3 Now 4. Dave
has also performed and recorded with the Brian Blade
Fellowship (recorded under Daniel Lanois and performed
a duet with Joni Mitchell), and Shannon McNally.
A few more of the people Dave has had the honor of performing onstage or in the studio with, are George Porter and Ike Stubblefield (Ruthie Foster's new as yet unreleased cd produced by John Chelew), Dave Liebman, Kenny Garret, Bill Kreutzman, Howard Levy, Charlie Byrd, Seamus Blake, world renowned sarod player, Ashish Khan, sacred steelers, the Cambell Brothers, members of the String Cheese Incident, the Grey Boy Allstars and Tiny Universe, jazz violin virtuoso, George Mason, Raymond Weber, Tony Hall, Cyril Neville, and Dr. John.
A California native, Neal grew up L.A, benefitting from excellent music education at Mark Twain JHS and Venice High School and also studying privately with the great bassist, John Clayton, and then played music professionally 1980-2005 while living in the SF Bay Area. Neal has performed, toured, and recorded with many notable groups and musicians including Eddie Harris, John Handy, Joe Henderson, Benny Green, Charlie Byrd, Noel Jukes, Bruce Forman, Herb Ellis, LaVay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums and many others. Neal has lived in Bloomington, Indiana since 2005 and has played extensively with notables including Gordon Bonham, Monika Herzig, Peter Kienle, Tim Grimm and many other fine Hoosier musicians.
Drummer Tom Chute has been living and playing in New Orleans for almost 12 years. After schooling for percussion and ethnomusicology at the University of Iowa, he moved to New Orleans to more closely study the indigenous forms of music. He is blessed and proud to be a homeowner in the New Orleans Musician's Village. A versatile rhythmatist, he has played with a wide variety of musical projects ranging from traditional to avant garde.