Tim Easton Sets Two New Releases
From his Ohio roots through stretches in Paris, Prague, NYC, L.A. and Athens, GA, Easton has earned his credentials with a string of highly acclaimed releases and incessant touring, leading to his latest encampment in the high desert country outside of Joshua Tree, CA. With six solo releases under his belt—his most recent being Porcupine on New West Records--he has shared stages in North America, Europe, and Japan with artists/influences Lucinda Williams, John Hiatt, M. Ward and more.
His continuous adventures are evident in the songs on BEAT THE BAND. The recording marks his first entirely independent release since his '98 debut, Special 20, and is also his first effort recorded (and produced) with a traveling band comprising Easton, Aaron Lee Tasjan (guitar & piano, Madison Square Gardeners), Mark Stepro (drums, Ben Kweller), and Alex Livingston (bass, Grand Champeen)--collectively known as The Freelan Barons--during a five day session at Nashville's Club Roar. It was mixed by Grammy® winner Steve Christensen (Steve Earle, Joe Sample) in Houston. Easton's direction and depth of craftsmanship shine on Beat The Band – one foot standing firmly in the history of American folk music, while the other strides deftly into lush pop harmonies and song constructions.
Easton will also release a primarily solo acoustic album featuring 11 previously unreleased songs entitled Since 1966: Vol. 1 that were recorded in a few different locations including: the campfire in his own front yard; in his home; a mountain cabin in Idyllwild, CA; the Travelodge in Yucca Valley, CA; and at Eliott Smith's old "Basement On A Hill" studio in the San Fernando Valley.
Easton comments: "The reason for releasing this album at the same time as the electric band album, aside from the fact that I have a lot of extra songs around, is that when I am traveling as a solo acoustic performer, I like to have an album on hand that reflects more of what I do when I am by myself on stage. I am primarily a folk singer, but like most musicians I like to experiment a bit when I get into the studio, and the outcome is often something that is difficult to re-produce on stage as a solo performer. I can't always travel with a band, and I am able to perform solo with no problem whatsoever, in fact, some people prefer it. The reason I put Volume 1 in the title is simply because there are a lot more songs where those came from. Remember, I live in the desert, and there isn't a whole lot else to do besides work on your stuff, or go for a hike."
Easton will tour in support of both CDs backed by the Brooklyn-based group, The Madison Square Gardeners.
Tour Itinerary of now:
Thu, June 23 Beat Kitchen Chicago, IL
Fri, June 24 Rumba Columbus, OH
Mon, June 27 Beachland Tavern Cleveland, OH
Wed, June 29 Jammin Java Vienna, VA
Thu, June 30 Northern Star Bar Philadelphia, PA
Fri, July 1 Oasis Pub New London, CT
Sat, July 2 Mercury Lounge, 8PM New York, NY