Richard Easley

At home in the mountains of western North Carolina, Richard Easley crafts original music blending traditional blues, folk and rock with guitar styles from the baroque era on to the present.  His voice ranges from a soft coo to an angry roar as his lyrics explore the realities of life in modern day America.  He has released two collections of his own songs thus far.

For special events and occasions, Richard Easley plays classical guitar with flair and precision. His choice of music spans centuries and styles, and includes baroque, classical, romantic and flamenco.  For Booking Information, contact Richard at: 828 264-1219  email: richeasley@yahoo.com

Easley's music has been heard on television and National Public Radio stations, in fine restaurants and cafés, in Shakespearean theatre and on the street.


His first record, More Than Time, is a collection of instrumental guitar pieces spanning the baroque, classical, and romantic eras, with a few flamenco pieces and an original composition as well.  It is most representative of his work as professional performer with decades of experience playing weddings and other special events.

His second record, Friend of the People, blends guitar riffs from the blues and baroque, gypsies and jug bands with a warm, immediate voice (or set of voices) that delivers a unique but universal, authentic and inspiring perspective on life in modern day America.  Richard covers two traditional tunes, "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down" and "Ragged and Dirty", in very untraditional ways: the first a tour through the mind of a streetside prophet, long ago relegated to shouting warnings from the curb, still clinging to his confidence; the second a plaintive cry for comfort from the world that prophet told us all about.  The other fourteen songs are Richard's own: a set of character sketches, contemplations, soft cooings and hearty laughs - minimal and evocative.

Richard's third record, My Confession, produced in the year following Friend..., begins where the second's stormy journey ended - with infinite hope for a future full of beauty and joy.  In a series of confessionals, Richard sings praises of love both romantic and spiritual, laid out over a patchwork of railroad lines, stainless steel diners, and wisteria-laden back porches.  He relates old conversations we've all had, or considered having; he shouts encouragement to his brothers; he contemplates God's residence in the morning dew.

It seems as though, through the soulful searching of his previous work, Richard has settled into one confident voice.  "My Confession" is a fully individuated record.  There is an expanded palette of sounds here, too, with his brother Dan providing accompaniment on accordion and percussion, and singing harmony on a couple of numbers.  And a few more traditional tunes are featured: a spirited Rockabilly-ish rendition of "I Am A Pilgrim" separates act one from two, "Alberta" stands out as a precisely crafted and measured reading of a haunting loss, and the set concludes with the classically bittersweet "You Are My Sunshine"