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Dave Easley won the Offbeat Magazine award for "best
other" instrument (pedal steel guitar) in 1997 and was
chosen by New Orleans Magazine as a New Orleans Jazz All
Star in 2003.
Among the bands Dave Easley plays or has played in are The Heartifacts, 3 Now 4 (Time Ebbing, Book of Spells, 3 Now 4), the Brian Blade Fellowship on Blue Note Records(in which he recorded for producer Daniel Lanois and played a duet with Joni Mitchell), Coco Robicheaux, Anderson/Easley Project, and Shannon McNally.
A few of the people Dave has had the honor of performing
onstage or in the studio with are Dave Liebman, Kenny
Garret, 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, and Dr. John.
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...one of the freshest and most essential voices in
instrumental music today. Easley soars, shifts and flows, forming elegant patterns passing from sphere to shining sphere. - Michael Dominici, OffBeat Magazine
The lyric of "Honeysuckle" sounds like it was written over a long weekend by Paul Simon and Bob Dylan. The verses have that driving polysyllabic roll of Dylan's Subterranean Homesick period but with Simon's gentler delivery. - Dennis Formento, Beatlicks (Memphis)
...Just when you think you have his role pegged, however, he breaks into a blistering solo, with all the passion and facility you'd expect of a great jazz player... - Spike Perkins
the best, most refreshing "unknown band" I've heard of in a long, long time... - Relix Magazine
...the solos from pedal steel player Dave Easley are again transcendent. - John Duffy, All Music Guide (from review of Brian Blade's album, Perceptual.)
"He ended one song with a solo which wound its way into a verse of With A Little Help From My Friends giving me the chills." - Josh Carver, JamBase.com New Orleans Correspondent.
Alternatives (Gulf Coast): Easley belongs to the Orphic
line of musical artists who report to society in music from the subterranean and sub-rational lode of the unconcious whose music is intuitive, ecstatic and oracular." - Judy Beck
Downbeat Magazine: ...new, effective voice..."
(referring to Easley in their review of Brian Blade
Fellowship's eponymous release.)
The New York Times: "...one of the crucial elements
that give his (Briad Blade's) records a swelling texture
and a warm, major-key Americana: the pedal steel guitarist, Dave Easley..." - Ben Ratliff
OffBeat Magazine: "...if he doesn't emerge as a guitar hero around the country after this, (American Ghost
Music-Shannon McNally) people just aren't paying
attention...eloquent and appropriate throughout." -
Gambit Weekly: "...and the band had it too--notably
pedal guitar wizard Dave Easley. His intense focus led to swirling solos in a style reminiscent of Jerry Garcia's abstractions, but with a punch..." - Frank Etheridge
"A very necessary development, that's what you've happened on. I am delighted to be acquainted with you and your style." - Dave Chamberlain - D. J. WRFG, Atlanta
Offbeat Magazine 1997 Best of the Beat Award: Best New
Progressive Jazz Band went to 3 Now 3.
Gambit Magazine Big Easy Awards: Best Emerging Artist went to 3 Now 3.
MP3.com #1 song Sarah De La Mer (Psychedelic) during June 1999
MP3.com #5 song Magic Ball (Reggae) during June 1999
Informal Comentary by Some Prominent Figures in the New
Orleans Music Scene:
"It's astonishing, really. Beautiful. I can't believe I didn't hear your band sooner." - Christina Diettinger
"Is the 'Icicle Man' Dave Easley?" - Coco Robicheaux and John Magnie (independantly and unbeknownst to each other.)
"...many tremendous gifts to give the listener...stories that leave one thinking...very involved stories and poems, intertwined with serious musical content, yet all the songs are very accessible. Another gift is that I've listened to this record three times in its
entirety, and I've found some other tidbit I missed on
the last listen... This is a CD I'll listen to again and
again." - Tim Green (Sax for Peter Gabriel, Bruce
Hornsby, Daniel Lanois, Cyril Neville.