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The Easy Peaces - from left, Kip Strean, Laura Lamun, Willie Samuelson and Ed Dingledine - play a free show at 9 p.m. Wednesday at Ghost Ranch Saloon. The band formed in 2006 as a Neil Young tribute and played several shows at Steamboat Mountain Theater.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
If you go
What: The Easy Peaces, classic rock and Neil Young tribute
When: 9 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Ghost Ranch Saloon, 56 Seventh St.
Steamboat Springs The Easy Peaces came together the way you might expect someone with 40 years in the music business and a long history in Steamboat Springs to form a band.
A few years ago, local guitarist and singer Kip Strean saw the Yampa Valley Boys do a tribute to John Denver, was impressed, and thought he might try something similar that was closer to his tastes.
He chose Neil Young as a subject, then recruited longtime musical collaborator Willie Samuelson to play bass and occasional sideman Dave Allen to play drums. Strean had seen vocalist Laura Lamun perform a cappella at a Geeks Garage open mic and asked her to be his Emmylou Harris. Keyboardist Ed Dingledine - who worked with the same agent on the same touring circuit as Strean for years but had never met him - joined the team when he realized Strean lived next door to him.
"We chose the name, obviously, because a couple of us are ex-hippies," Strean said.
The group played several shows at Steamboat Mountain Theater, starting with Neil Young tunes and moving into favorite songs from the 1960s and '70s. When the multipurpose venue came down with most of Ski Time Square in spring 2008, Strean spent the next 1 1/2 years looking for a new place to play.
At 9 p.m. Wednesday, The Easy Peaces will play a reunion show at Ghost Ranch Saloon. It's the band's first free show in Steamboat, and Strean hopes it will be the start of a new life for The Easy Peaces, he said Monday.
"We've been working hard these last few weeks on it," Strean said about the concert, which is the band's first in almost two years.
The first part of Wednesday's show features Neil Young songs, and the second part includes songs by The Byrds; Buffalo Springfield; Crosby, Stills & Nash; and The Beatles, Strean said.
Strean hopes to record some Easy Peaces demo tracks this winter and is looking at performance possibilities on the Front Range, he said.
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