Founding Members Ed Antonelli and Barry Armstrong teamed up with Greg Natola, Linda Newhall and Nick Chaimpia to form Easy Street. The cover/original band gained local and regional success in the eighties.
Easy Street gained popularity in Quebec City, New Brunswick, Cape Cod and Nantucket Island .Locally they played to packed houses like the Webbrook, EJ's, The Ferryway , The Oxford Ale House in Harvard Square and Copperfields in Boston's Kenmore Square.
The Heart of the band was Easy Street's original material penned primarily by Co-founders Ed Antonelli and Barry Armstrong who had met as music students at UMass, Lowell . Their freshman single "Wait for the day" earned radio play on WAAF and WCOZ. All recordings were done at Howie Cook's Euphoria Studios.
Although the nucleus of the band remained in tact, drummer
Mike Albano was brought in to replace Chiampa as the band became more diverse in it's style. Berklee alumni Vin Bordonaro was added for his tenor sax as well as Hammond organ. Carl and Tim Colletti joined the final line-up which disbanded soon after Armstrongs departure.
Long time friends- Dave 'Buck' Balian and Jim Limone aka 'JL City' handled sound/ lighting and roadie duties. An early version of the band featured vocalist Lois Manzi, Multi Keyboardist Steve Coffill and drummer Rich Scovel. Early shows included Coffill, Scovel and Natola dubbed"the Cosmic trio" performing ELP instrumental covers.
A CD is currently being remastered with the best of the original material and a new acoustic track with Armstrong and Antonelli
reuniting for this project.
The CD will be available here soon...