Co-founder, writer and drummer of Soulive for over 15 years, Alan Evans proudly presents his newest creation the Alan Evans Trio; an inspiring and fresh organ trio lineup. Enlisting the support of good friends and talented players Danny Mayer on guitar (On the Spot Trio), and Beau Sasser (Melvin Sparks, Akashic Record) the trio's sound proves hard driving and groovin' with dark funky rhythms and blues lick solos. Alan Evans Trio opens a window into another side - an emotional introspection, as dark as it is powerful. Their passionate progressions emanate an electrified, smoky, 70s-era CTI Records zeitgeist.
Mention the name Alan Evans to a room full of music lovers, and you will get a consensus nod at one of the most celebrated and tenacious drummers in the jazz, funk, and soul scene. A producer, recording engineer, guitarist, percussionist, vocalist and writer, Alan's repertoire of skills have been perfected with more than a decade of dedication.
"I've known for a long time what my purpose is this time around. All I want to do is try to make people happy with what makes me and my family happy... Music," says Alan about his new trio project.
For Alan, the idea of Alan Evans Trio hatched soon after he transitioned from Playonbrother Studios in Hatfield, MA to his own home recording studio. Alan then enlisted the ingenious talent of both Danny Mayer and Beau Sasser for the project.
Alan had met Danny Mayer first as a Soulive fan, but then connected on a musical level when his band, On the Spot Trio (OTS), came out to Playonbrother Studios to record their first album, with Alan at the helm as producer. Alan had played gigs with Beau Sasser for some time, and had a great deal of respect for Beau's masterful proficiency on the organ, and knowledge of the history behind the instrument.
After a successful national tour in support of their critically-acclaimed debut album, Drop Hop, Alan Evans Trio is back from their voyage across the galaxy with a much-anticipated follow-up album, Merkaba, which hits Earth on Tuesday March 19, 2013.
Produced and recorded by the Soulive legend himself, Alan recorded the entire album in his home studio in South Deerfield, MA. Passionate and inspired, Alan Evans says of Merkaba: “I can't wait for everyone and anyone to hear this album. This album is all of me. This album is for the loves of my life and there are songs on here that I never thought would see the light of day but the timing was perfect.”
For more information visit the Official Alan Evans Trio Website.
3/31 - Santa Cruz, CA - Moe's Alley
4/3 - Arcata, CA - Jambalaya
4/5 - Denver, CO - Quixote’s
4/7 - Frisco, CO - Barkley Ballroom
4/8 - Boulder, CO - Southern Sun Brewery
4/10 - Chicago, IL - Martyrs
4/13 - Kerhonkson, NY - Rock N Roll Resort
4/17 - Syracuse, NY - The Wescott Theater
4/18 - Buffalo, NY - Nietzsche’s
4/19 - Albany, NY - Red Square
4/25 - Raleigh, NC - The Pour House Music Hall
4/26 - Charlotte, NC - Evening Muse
4/27 - Black Mountain, NC - Pisgah Brewing Company
4/28 - Black Mountain, NC - Pisgah Brewing Company
4/30 - Athens, GA - New Music Earth Hall
5/1 - Altanta, GA - Smith's Olde Bar
5/25 - Greenfield, MA - Strangecreek Campout
6/1 - Manchester, CT - The Main Pub
6/28 - New York, NY - Blue Note
6/29 - Rockingham, VT - Rockinghill Music Festival
9/6 - Hancock, NY - Catskill Chill Festival
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