Easley/Stevenson/Arsenault

Easley/Stevenson/Arsenault

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Three of Canada’s most in-demand and original artists. With over 20 years of playing together they are releasing a new CD called “Nine Steps”- a“live off the floor” approach that captures a very powerful piano trio digging hard into the very roots of jazz and blues.

Biography

Tom Easley, Bill Stevenson and Geoff Arsenault are three of
Canada’s top musical talents. Their impressive credits as
sidemen include a myriad of performances and recordings with
a list of greats that reads like a ‘who’s who’ of roots, blues and
jazz icons. They have, as individuals and together, been
nominated for and received multiple East Coast Music Awards
and Canadian Maple Blues Awards.

For years, the trio has shared an uncanny ability to compliment
each others musicality. It was only a matter of time before they
would create a stellar collection of songs that represent their
writing and shared collaborative talents.

Nine Steps, an energetic blend of blues-based jazz, was
produced by Tom, Bill and Geoff along with Charles Austin. It
features eight original songs and a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Just
Like a Woman”. Bill’s revered urban piano blues, Tom’s upright
bass mastery and Geoff’s unique and consummate rhythmic
approaches give life to a collection of music and lyrics reflecting
years of playing together and a deep-rooted friendship as
members of a distinct musical community.

TOM EASLEY (double bass/backing vocals)
Tom has earned a reputation as one of Eastern Canada’s first-
call bassists. Throughout his successful career as a performer
and session musician he has played with many of the top jazz,
blues and folk acts. Tom co-leads the ECMA winning group, Hot
Toddy Trio, with whom he has co-produced and released seven
CD's. With Hot Toddy, Tom has performed at most major jazz
and blues festivals across Canada, Europe and the United
States. Tom received the 2007 ECMA for Jazz Recording of the
Year and has been nominated three times for Bass Player of the
Year by Toronto’s Maple Blues Society. He has a Music Degree
from St. FX in Honours Jazz Performance and holds a faculty
position at NSCC's Music Arts Program.
BILL STEVENSON (piano/organ/vocals)
In over 40 years as a musician, Bill recorded for Elektra Records
while still in his teens, opened for the Doors, backed up John
Lee Hooker, performed and recorded in bands behind some of
Canada’s best loved musicians, including Amos Garrett, Colleen
Peterson and Linda Carvery. He has hosted his own National
radio series for CBC. He has been a contributing side man to
multi-award winning albums by Garrett Mason, Thom Swift, Hot
Toddy Trio and now includes his own win with a 2008 ECMA for
Jazz Recording of the Year. His participation in the Jazz/Blues
idiom has earned him a respected place in the national music
spectrum.
GEOFF ARSENAULT (drums/backing vocals)
Geoff started playing dance halls in rural Nova Scotia at age 14.
He travelled the blues and jazz circuit in Halifax and Ottawa in
the late 70s and by the mid 80’s he moved to Toronto and
began to tour the country and world with artists such as Rita
MacNeil, Morgan Davis, Carlos del Junco and Collin Linden, Ray
Bonneville, Mary Jane Lamond, Hot Toddy Trio, Thom Swift and
more.

Lyrics

Long Grey Line

Written By: Easley / Stevenson

Long Grey Line
Easley/ Stevenson (SOCAN)

There’s a long grey line
Passin’ over head
Comin’ from the east where the sky is red

Call out the farmers
Call them from their ploughs
Ring that fire bell if you know how

Mountains on fire
Got to dig a hole
Got to cut a line
And the line has got to hold
And we’re prayin’ for rain before we hear that Judgment
That Judgment call
Hear that judgment call

The birds are flying
Their nests in flames
The deer and the bears run for their lives

Seven days we are fighting
Seven days we need rain
We need it to come like amazing grace

Mountains on fire
It’s burning down
Flames are getting higher
I believe it’s gaining ground
And we’re prayin’ for rain before we hear that Judgment
That Judgment call
Hear that judgment call

There’s a long grey line
And it’s westward bound
Taking happy homes
And headed for the towns

Call up your brothers
Tell him that we need a hand
Waters runnin’ low
And wee need everyman

Mountains on fire
Got to save the farm
Grass is getting higher
And the horse is in the barn
And we’re prayin’ for rain before we hear that Judgment
That Judgment call
Hear that judgment call

Wild Nights

Written By: Easley / Stevenson

Wild Nights

Those were wild night at the Pavilion
Paper cups and parking lots
and rock and roll
Drive in movies Save my soul
Those were wild Nights

Those were great days
at the old green Door
Cover charge and jive dancing,
Girls all doin’ the stroll
Echoplex and silvertone,
oh save my soul
Those were great days

(Chorus)

Fight and foolin’ around ,
Looking for love
Looks across a crowded floor.

Shakin’ it up and havin’ fun with....
Moonshine... up above.
Dancin’ away the Doom and the Gloom....
Those were log weeks
with the Mattinees
Sittin’ in on Sunday with heaven’s radio
Listening to the heartbeats, oh save my soul
Those were long weeks

(Chorus)

These are fast days with the videos
Boys pickin’up their paychecks and puttin’ them up their nose
Syndication, facination, Oh save my soul

These are fast times
Those were wild nights
Those were long weeks

Long Grey Line

Written By: Easley/ Stevenson

Long Grey Line
Easley/ Stevenson (SOCAN)

There’s a long grey line
Passin’ over head
Comin’ from the east where the sky is red

Call out the farmers
Call them from their ploughs
Ring that fire bell if you know how

Mountains on fire
Got to dig a hole
Got to cut a line
And the line has got to hold
And we’re prayin’ for rain before we hear that Judgment
That Judgment call
Hear that judgment call

The birds are flying
Their nests in flames
The deer and the bears run for their lives

Seven days we are fighting
Seven days we need rain
We need it to come like amazing grace

Mountains on fire
It’s burning down
Flames are getting higher
I believe it’s gaining ground
And we’re prayin’ for rain before we hear that Judgment
That Judgment call
Hear that judgment call

There’s a long grey line
And it’s westward bound
Taking happy homes
And headed for the towns

Call up your brothers
Tell him that we need a hand
Waters runnin’ low
And wee need everyman

Mountains on fire
Got to save the farm
Grass is getting higher
And the horse is in the barn
And we’re prayin’ for rain before we hear that Judgment
That Judgment call
Hear that judgment call

Wild Nights

Written By: Easley/ Stevenson

Wild Nights at..

Those were wild night at the Pavilion

Paper cups and parking lots and rock and roll

Drive in movies Save my soul

Those were wild Nights

Those were great days at the old green Door

Cover charge and jive dancing, Girls all doin’ the stroll

Echoplex and silvertone, oh save my soul

Those were great days

(Chorus)

Fight and foolin’ around , Looking for love

Looks across a crowded floor.

Shakin’ it up and havin’ fun with....

Moonshine... up above.

Dancin’ away the Doom and the Gloom....

Those were log weeks with the Matinees

Sittin’ in on Sunday with heaven’s radio

Listening to the heartbeats, oh save my soul

Those were long weeks

These are fast days with the videos

Boys pickin’up their paychecks and puttin’ them up their nose

Syndication, fascination, Oh save my soul

These are fast times

Those were wild nights

Those were long weeks

Long Grey Line

Written By: Easley/ Stevenson

Long Grey Line
Easley/ Stevenson (SOCAN)

There’s a long grey line
Passin’ over head
Comin’ from the east where the sky is red

Call out the farmers
Call them from their ploughs
Ring that fire bell if you know how

Mountains on fire
Got to dig a hole
Got to cut a line
And the line has got to hold
And we’re prayin’ for rain before we hear that Judgment
That Judgment call
Hear that judgment call

The birds are flying
Their nests in flames
The deer and the bears run for their lives

Seven days we are fighting
Seven days we need rain
We need it to come like amazing grace

Mountains on fire
It’s burning down
Flames are getting higher
I believe it’s gaining ground
And we’re prayin’ for rain before we hear that Judgment
That Judgment call
Hear that judgment call

There’s a long grey line
And it’s westward bound
Taking happy homes
And headed for the towns

Call up your brothers
Tell him that we need a hand
Waters runnin’ low
And wee need everyman

Mountains on fire
Got to save the farm
Grass is getting higher
And the horse is in the barn
And we’re prayin’ for rain before we hear that Judgment
That Judgment call
Hear that judgment call

Wild Nights

Written By: Easley/ Stevenson

Wild Nights at..

Those were wild night at the Pavilion

Paper cups and parking lots and rock and roll

Drive in movies Save my soul

Those were wild Nights

Those were great days at the old green Door

Cover charge and jive dancing, Girls all doin’ the stroll

Echoplex and silvertone, oh save my soul

Those were great days

(Chorus)

Fight and foolin’ around , Looking for love

Looks across a crowded floor.

Shakin’ it up and havin’ fun with....

Moonshine... up above.

Dancin’ away the Doom and the Gloom....

Those were log weeks with the Matinees

Sittin’ in on Sunday with heaven’s radio

Listening to the heartbeats, oh save my soul

Those were long weeks

These are fast days with the videos

Boys pickin’up their paychecks and puttin’ them up their nose

Syndication, fascination, Oh save my soul

These are fast times

Those were wild nights

Those were long weeks

Discography

East Coast Music Award Nominee
"Shall we call it a night"

East Coast Music Award Winner
"For the Record"

Available at www.cdbaby.com

Set List

Many Jazz, Blues and R&B standards. This CD offers eight originals and a cover of Bob Dylan's "Just like a woman".