Local Vocals: Easy Street Apothecary

Being able to bring the genres of rock, blues, jazz and funk together is the mark of a great band and Easy Street Apothecary (ESA) does just that! Plus, as band member Carlos Tolbert said, “Our sound is a combination of several genres, but the music is always danceable!”

With just a little over a year of playing local venues, Easy Street Apothecary has found not only their niche with their sound, but a loyal fan following. ESA is made up of five talented artists who have a passion for sharing their music.

Carlos Tolbert – Sax, Flute, Clarinet
Originally from White Plains, NY, Carlos is an expert improviser and can play any style of music. He has played everything from blues, to jazz, to funk, and is now bringing his sax, flute and clarinet to ESA.

Tommy Jackson – Vocals, Guitar
Moving to Winston-Salem from New Orleans, LA, Tommy brought the New Orleans style with him to ESA with his vocals and guitar. His songwriting skills have taken him to recording studios from New Orleans, to Dallas, to London, England and back.

TJ Holt – Upright Bass
As a Winston-Salem native, TJ has played music in bluegrass, rock and punk bands over the years. He also went to school to study sound engineering. TJ’s skills as an upright bass player give him a very unique sound, which blend well with the originality of the band.

Josh Casstevens – Electric Guitar
Hailing from Elkin, NC, Josh has a great ear to listen to the other musicians in the band. His hybrid style, combining rock, funk and jazz, makes him a chameleon with the electric guitar, being able to blend in with any band style.

Jonathan McMillan – Drums, Percussion
As a drummer, Jon has the ability to conform to any room’s acoustics, playing louder, yet tastefully, in larger venues and softly in more intimate settings. He combines the traditional set-up of the drums, along with incorporating percussion instruments as well, giving him a sound not heard very often.

“ESA performs a variety of music from several different genres most closely associated with New Orleans’ styles, combining elements that make our music very danceable and fun to just listen to. When we play music from other bands, we play music from Paul Simon, Dr. John, The Black Keys and Squirrel Nut Zippers, however we strive to create an original style of our own when playing covers to give an experience not seen or heard before,” commented Carlos.

Throughout this past summer, ESA performed weekly at the Second and Green Tavern in Winston-Salem. Other highlights for the band include playing at Ziggy’s for their second anniversary, writing and performing a set of original music composed for the play ‘Elephant’s Graveyard’ by George Brant at the Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance, and playing for a number of local events in the area, both public and private.

ESA looks ahead to going back into the studio to record their new material, as well as their continued weekly performances at the Second and Green Tavern. “We hope to expand our regional following, and are planning to travel to venues in Charlotte, Wilmington and Boone, NC and thereabouts,” Carlos stated.
For more information on Easy Street Apothecary, ‘like’ them on Facebook and also check out www.bandcamp.com page, typing in Easy Street Apothecary to join the band’s mailing list.