Our Story

Linda Chase (vocals, keyboards) is recognized as one of the finest vocalists in the country, touring nationally in support of Journey, Pat Benatar and many others. After performing on the New England progressive rock scene throughout the late '70s and '80s in bands such as IMAGE and LINDA'S LEAGUE, her band 3-SPEED was signed to MCA records in 1985, with Linda featured on vocals in Jim Carrey's first film "Once Bitten". Linda later toured with SOUL CITY, an R&B band performing at DisneyWorld and across the East Coast. An accomplished songwriter, keyboardist, MIDI programmer, vocalist and producer, Linda has written and arranged songs for over a dozen major feature films. Her work has been featured in Billboard, MTV, and other music video stations in nationwide markets. Linda performs with Yamaha keyboards and considers Aretha Franklin and The Beatles her primary influences.

Tom Yates (vocals, lead guitar) was born in Houston, Texas and now makes his home in Hudson, Massachusetts. After studying guitar and piano at the Berklee College of Music he played on numerous Boston-area recording sessions, including projects with Ric Ocasek, Ben Orr and Greg Hawkes (THE CARS). After touring with the ESTES BOYS in the '70's, Tom played with FAIR, YATES AND BETSCHART, a trio performing an eclectic mix of pop, folk and art rock music to standing-room only crowds. Tom's Gibson 12-string electric guitar is heard on many Paisley tunes, complemented by his fiery solo work on electric and acoustic 6-string. In his collection of over 50 vintage and custom guitars Tom selects a '64 Gretsch 6120 and a custom '72 Fender Strat as his favorites. Tom gets inspiration from the work of Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix and Chet Atkins.

David Lavalley (vocals, guitar) originally from Fitchburg, Massachusetts, returned to Boston after an extended stay in Detroit, Michigan. David's stage experience began in a college production of Shakespeare's Macbeth, leading to regional musical theatre. As lead vocalist and guitarist, he performed with countless bands, including NUMBERS, DANCER, BANDIT and an acoustic duo with BMI artist and songwriter DON HILL David's vocals are heard on recordings by many Boston artists including DIDI STEWART, BELLEVUE CADILLAC, numerous radio and TV commercials, and he continues to produce recordings by new artists. Dave plays a Rickenbacker 360 Jetglo guitar, and his vocal style is influenced by the likes of John Lennon and David Crosby.

Tim Leavitt (vocals, bass) lived his early years in Southborough, Massachusetts. After deferring admission to Berklee, Tim toured New England fronting premier rock act ICE (managed by Tim Collins of AEROSMITH fame) along with Dave Amato, now with REO SPEEDWAGON. Tim also led the band CIRCUS as lead guitarist, keyboardist, vocalist and arranger. An award-winning songwriter, Tim recorded tunes with Boston-based rockers L88 and appears as a vocalist on a soon-to-be-released rock opera, "The Journey of Devon James" In The Paisley Project, Tim plays a Fender Precision bass and uses Gallien-Kruger amplifiers. Inspired by The Beatles, Tim continues to be an avid fan of all Sixties music and maintains a vintage record collection with well over 1,200 classic vinyl recordings by the original artists.

Mark Grasseschi (drums) grew up in Worcester, MA in the Sixties, studying with renowned drummer PHIL SALAH and playing with UNCLE WALLY, STONE SOUP and PANACHE. After touring the U.S. with CRAZY JOE AND THE RAGE he delivered funk and R&B grooves for DECADES BY DESIGN and SOUL CITY. He is featured on a host of local artist CDs. Mark plays Premier and Sonor drums, cymbals by Sabian, Paiste and Zildjian, Drum Workshop pedals. Mark is training to make an attempt at the Guinness World Record for marathon drumming, a feat requiring constant drumming for 47 hours (we are talking Major League ENERGY here)! Mark remembers and admires the drum work of Jeff Porcaro with Toto, Steely Dan.