Tag Archives: Dave Easley

New Orleans Concert Picks of the Week: August 15 – 21, 2013

Hungry for live music… Look no further! Here’s OffBeat’s look at New Orleans’ top concerts for the week of August 15 – 21, 2013 featuring: the Soul Rebels, Partners-N-Crime, John Lisi and Delta Funk, Dave Easley, Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers, the Rebirth Brass Band and Alvin Youngblood Hart. August 15August 16August 17August 18 [...]

Cliff Hines, Wanderlust (Independent)

Call this one New Orleans-based jazztronica with a variety of global (African, Brazilian, Caribbean, Indian, Middle Eastern, and Spanish, as well as American swing, hip-hop and rock) influences, which makes great sense given the city’s proud history as a musical melting pot. Hines’ all-original material is inspired by current events, fiction, folktales, history and rapid [...]

Ruthie Foster, Let it Burn (Blue Corn Records)

When Ruthie Foster first played Jazz Fest in 2008, I sat next to her as she sang during our interview on the Music Heritage Stage. At arm’s reach, her voice was as powerful and warm as it had been when channeled through the Blues Tent’s PA an hour earlier, and that voice has been her [...]

YouTube du Jour: Ruthie Foster

Late this summer, Texas blues/soul singer Ruthie Foster was in town cutting her new album, Let it Burn, at Piety Street Recording with producer John Chelew (John Hiatt’s Bring the Family). Her core band on the album is OffBeat‘s Lifetime Achievement honoree this year, George Porter, Jr., with Russell Batiste on drums, Dave Easley on [...]

Dave Easley, A Time of the Signs (Independent)

Dave Easley is one of the city’s—if not the world’s—most amazing guitarists, with a concentration in pedal steel. You’d assume he’d be first in line for the world’s best gigs, and he does in fact play Swiss festivals. Then again, he also plays the Crazy Lobster restaurant on the Riverwalk. In forward-thinking groups such as [...]

Shannon McNally and Hot Sauce, Coldwater (Independent)

Coldwater documents where Shannon McNally has been since Katrina—namely, settling down in Mississippi, starting a family and finding a stable band. For the occasion, she recut “Bolder Than Paradise” not because the song needs it, but because the version presents it as an ensemble piece, not a showcase for her voice or Dave Easley’s guitar [...]

Esquizito, Vol. 4: Come Rain, Come Shine (Maison Musique)

  There’s a lot to like on Esquizito’s new album, starting with its democratic feel. The jazz vocalist shares the spotlight willingly, and sax player Khari Allen Lee and pedal steel player Dave Easley make particularly good use of their time. Their solos are consistently arresting, cogent statements, even on Lee’s unaccompanied “Windlee.” There’s also [...]