What They Say About Steve
COUNT ON STEVE
“TMN Events has used Steve Eaton regularly over the past 5 years, not only for Boise corporate events but also for events in other parts of the country.
Steve loves music and it shows with his performances. He is a true professional. Steve can entertain many diverse crowds with his soulful combination of instruments and vocals. We use Steve’s talents whenever we can. You can always count on Steve to deliver a great show.”
— PAT MALONEY | TMN EVENTS
HIT AFTER HIT
“It’s the atmospherics, the aesthetic as it goes into your ear.”
— ART GARFUNKEL | performer of Steve’s hit Rag Doll
TALENT WITH HEART
“Over the years in Idaho, Steve has played countless benefits for a wide variety of charitable projects and causes. His founding of the Idaho Songwriters Association has brought access and outlet for a giant number of young, gifted, established and aspiring writers, singers and songwriters from all over the state.”
— BILL LABOUNTY | GRAMMY WINNER
A FINE EVENING WITH STEVE
an excerpt from the review “The Martini Bar”
When the Statehouse Inn was renovated last year, Boise got its first luxury boutique hotel and the new Chandler’s Steakhouse and Martini Bar immediately attracted a well-heeled crowd. Adding to the ambience is a jazzy musical venue on the ground floor, attracting top regional talents. Tonight is no exception. Steve Eaton, is playing “Georgia on My Mind” as I walk in.
Well-dressed couples and beautiful lighting complete the mood as Steve launches into “Poison Ivy,” pounding the keys with melodic rhythm, reminding you why the grand piano exists. The key to pleasing this crowd is bright melodies evoking pleasant memories or a wistful remembrance of days gone by. Steve Eaton delivers all this and more, providing a pleasant background while playing and singing in a style worthy of attention. He follows with “Tell Me What I Say,” the Ray Charles sing-along that was fixture at every high school sock hop from 1955 to 1965. Then, he reaches back to the 40s for Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child.”
Steve transfers from piano to guitar, pulling out an old Guild that you can tell has seen a lot of stages and tour busses. He plays guitar like he plays piano, a succession of faultless, rhythmic progressions of chords and melodies. Now he’s really having fun as he sings “Charlie Brown,” and then drifts into Leon Russell’s “Masquerade,” turned into a monster hit by The Carpenters. Bob Dylan and James Taylor tunes round out the set.
Steve plays harmonica on some of these songs, and he does so purely with great tone, overcoming the limitations of those notoriously wobbly harmonica holders. Fellow musicians in the room are astonished at what he can do. He accompanies himself on Sam Cooke’s 12-bar blues song that invented soul, “Bring It on Home to Me” followed by the song he wrote for The Carpenters years ago, “All You Get from Love Is a Love Song.”
As I walk into the night, Steve turns it down a notch with another Cooke song, “You Send Me.” I hear one of the well-dressed couples as they head to the dance floor, “You thrill me, honest you do.”