Chandler is a tireless activist, performing at the G8 Summit, the Annual School Of The America's Watch outside Fort Benning Georgia, and the Sept. 23 anti-war demonstrations on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. as well as countless labor picket-lines and union halls.
David Roe has logged millions of touring miles. DR, as he is known from Singapore to Cape Cod, has played in rock, country, blues, wedding, ethnic, folk, jazz and whatever bands that could sustain a musician who really just wanted to play the joyous songs from the American South; ragtime from the Carolina Piedmont, Memphis Jug Band, Delta Blues and traditional jazz from the Big Easy. He accompanies himself on piano, keyboard rig, his vintage Martin ukulele or the Guild guitar he has carried since 1974.
Between Thanksgiving and Christmas 1963, he figured out how to play "The First Noel" on the piano. By 1968 he was also playing guitar, spurred on by his father's music collection that ranged from Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Louis Prima, Louis Armstrong and Pearl Bailey to Joan Baez, Dave Van Ronk, Dylan, Odetta, Pete Seeger, Leadbelly and Josh White. His childhood was a mixture of deep-rooted family farm life in Upstate New York and a nomadic military life that included stints in Germany, New Jersey, Kansas, Virginia and Hawaii. In the mid-1970s he arrived in New Orleans and began fronting The Halfway to Nowhere Band, formed at the corner of St. Peter and Royal in the French Quarter and forged in an apartment above Tipitina's.
The 1980s found DR crisscrossing the country with Renaissance Faires and Irish Trad Rock bands, Celtic Stone and Napper Tandy. In the 1990s you could hear him fronting The Royal Rounders traditional jazz band on Royal Street and Jackson Square, and at clubs, music festivals bars and coffeehouses in New Orleans and around the world. DR was the bandleader for The Rounders, a group of former Fats Domino, Dr. John and Earl King sidemen and elder statesmen of New Orleans R&B. DR has a repertoire of about a million tunes from country blues and down home folk to jazz, swing, and even a few popular songs from each decade of the 20th century. DR has written songs, and acted as music director for The Hanlon-Lees ActionTheater, Renaissance faires, conventions, recordings, industrials, and when the muse is in the room. With Patti McKenny he wrote songs and sketches for three seasons of Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion."