under shade

under shade


Acoustic jam and funk that oozes with originality, style, and creativity!


Formed in 1991 in West Plains, Missouri, this tightly knit group of musicians has transformed themselves into an independently original force. Jason Cole provides the patent voice and reeling guitar. Steve Dickey creates the signature percussive solidity and finesse known and anticipated by fans. Along side his brother with supportive backing vocals and melodic bass lines, Rob Dickey bridges the gap between rhythm and lead. After officially dubbing themselves under shade, the band relocated from Springfield, Missouri to Nashville, Tennessee to record a series of early demos in the hopes of capturing the attention of local club owners. After a number of successful shows and the acquisition of a reputable entertainment attorney, the band set out to record their first EP with producer/engineer Russ Long (whose credits include Sixpence None the Richer, Wilco, and the The Newsboys). John Painter of the band Flemming and John, also lent his musical skill to the EP's third track, "Find Your Time".

In 2003, the final touch was made with the addition of pianist Ruben Van Pelt. This native of the Netherlands completes the circle by adding a unique fullness and flavor to the music. Bringing an explosive live performance of well-crafted songs with feeling and originality, under shade is one of the most unique and highly anticipated bands in modern music with only a single direction in which to travel: straight ahead.


"Something Good"
under shade EP released in 2003

Set List

Mostly originals with a few covers thrown in. Typical set ranges from 45 minutes to 2 hours.