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Steelin' The Spaceways is a venture launched by Fort Collins-based musician Jesse Bates. Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Jesse has toured as a side musiciarn for many bands over the years, filling the roles of steel guitarist, bassist, drummer, guitarist, and other roles as needed. He currently tours as a member of the instrumental psychedelic band Grails from Portland, OR and fills the drum position as needed for Little Rock-based Amasa Hines. Past bands have included Bobby Bare Jr.'s Young Criminal Starvation League, Quiet Life, Dolorean, and Holy Sons.
Although the pedal steel guitar has led him down the path of Americana/Folk more often than not (his steel guitar can be heard on the latest release by Gregory Alan Isakov "Evening Machines"), Jesse's imagination is sparked by the abstract elements found in prog-rock, fusion, psychedelia, and new age music. Drawing from this limitless source, he seeks to combine the steel guitar with these elements to move towards a territory that the steel guitar is not commonly associated with.
Joining Jesse in this project are Judson Spillyards (guitar) and Ryan Hitt (bass) of the Little Rock-based band Amasa Hines. The three have been musical brothers since their teens, playing in various formations around Little Rock, and are reuniting to bring Steelin' The Spaceways to FoCoMX. Enjoy the ride!