IDLEWILD SOUTH's Founding member Don Eason (organ/piano/vocals) first experience The Allman Brothers Band live on March 28,1970, at The Winters End Concert Bithlo, Florida.
This first show left an indelible appreciation for the music, and an intense desire to learn and play in the same style. Having played in various rhythm & blues and rock bands over the years was instrumental in the creation and development of IDLEWILD SOUTH. Being surrounded by the other six talented members of the band
makes every show exciting and different, and helps in making sure "The Road Goes
Founding member Dave grew up in the foothills of Virginia, where he discovered a love for all things guitar. In addition to Duane and Dickey, he counts Buchanan, Hendrix, Beck and Scofield among his early influences. He spent several years in the northeast before settling in Raleigh in 2006.
With decades of experience, he brings a deep respect and understanding of the Allman Brothers Band's music to his role in Idlewild South. From the authentic open-E-tuned slide playing to 'outside' jazz runs, the impact on listeners is apparent.
In addition to his duties with Idlewild South, Dave is a music instructor, fronts the Dave George Trio, and works with the label Abstract Logix, where he has had the privilege of managing tours for Jimmy Herring and Oz Noy, among others.
John Martin's musical journey started in 1963 and in 1964 he focused on The Beatles as they swept America with some great new music that captured many. As he developed his skills as an aspiring drummer he then discovered The Allman Brothers Band late in 1969. That discovery changed his view and his understanding of music and how it was delivered. Over many decades of becoming a drummer and percussionist he has been fortunate to have met, performed and traveled with and has become friends with several well known artists. One night in Charlotte, NC at a theatre Idlewild South asked him to sit in and that led him to becoming a member of this band. “The Road Goes On Forever” and he can attest to that without hesitation.
Robert Kintner is a native of Chapel Hill, NC and a lifelong fan of The Allman Brothers Band. Robert is a founding member of the Idlewild South family, left in 2015, and now returns to where it all began. Idlewild South is thrilled to have this talented drummer back in the fold.
L.A. Freeman has spent the majority of his life on stage. From the age of three dancing in his mother Ann's dance studio, to working radio stations at 16, regional theater/film/television by 18 and a working drummer by 20. The acts L.A. has worked with over the years include The Original Drifters, The Truly Dangerous Swamp Band (who appeared in Alan Alda's film "Betsy's Wedding"), Tuatha Dea, Chicago Bob Nelson and many other touring groups.
His first exposure to The Allman Brothers was in his freshman year of high school in the cafeteria. Playing over the PA system was Whipping Post from Live at the Fillmore East. Life and music were not the same after that.
With a background in blues and R&B and his ability to establish a solid "pocket" we look forward to L.A. driving the band "further on down the road".
Marty Privette is a seasoned Nashville bass guitarist with an impressive career recording and touring with some of the top country, blues and rock acts in the nation. Marty played bass in The Dickey Betts Band in the mid-eighties, recording on the critically acclaimed album "Pattern Disruptive" and touring with the band for the next 3 years.
Charlotte, NC’s Mark Mulholland gained his guitar skills many years ago in Long Island, New York while playing in many different bands along the way. While experimenting in various genres he gravitated toward the music of The Allman Brothers Band and never strayed far from it. Moving south to continue his journey he once again played with many different bands, continuing to sharpen his skills, becoming well-known in the North and South Carolina area for his lead/slide guitar and vocal talents. Joining Idlewild South Mark will share the twin guitar leads and solos uniquely identified with The Allman Brothers Band. Idlewild South is thrilled to have Mark in the band as Idlewild South begins it’s second decade of performances.
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