Tim Easton w/ Maggie Lander
THIS EVENT IS 18 AND OVER.
“Tim Easton is a storyteller through and through, he’s also a student of classic pop songcraft willing to interrupt a weighty narrative with an undeniable hook” – Rolling Stone
Tim Easton remained on the fringes of the alt-country scene for much of the 90s, although by the start of the new millennium he was beginning to be talked about alongside Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and Jay Farrar of Son Volt as one of the genre’s leading talents.
Raised in Akron, Ohio, Easton made his first forays into music at college with the roots rock band Kosher Spears. In the mid-90s, following a spell busking around Europe, he joined the widely tipped, Columbus-based Haynes Boys. Easton appeared on the band’s solitary album, 1996’s terrific Guardian Angel, before embarking on a solo career following their split. He made his debut in 1998 with Special 20, released on his own Heathen Records label. The album lurched indecisively between honky-tonk (‘Just Like Home’), rock ‘n’ roll (‘Torture Comes To Mind’), and folk-rock (‘Troublesome Kind’, ‘All The Pretty Girls Leave Town’), but served notice of a prodigious songwriting talent.
Easton subsequently relocated to Los Angeles where he signed a publishing contract with EMI Records and a recording contract with New West Records. He worked with Wilco multi-instrumentalist Jay Bennett on his debut for the label, 2001’s The Truth About Us, a more cohesive, downbeat set than his debut which helped impart greater resonance to Easton’s literate songwriting. The follow-up, Break Your Mother’s Heart, was recorded with a clutch of west California session veterans, including guitarist Mike Campbell and drummer Jim Keltner.
Easton was nominated for the 9th Annual Independent Music Awards Vox Pop award for ‘Best Americana Song’ with “Burgundy Red”. His album won the 9th Annual Independent Music Awards Vox Pop vote for Best Album Packaging.
In 2013 Easton Released Not Cool which was started after he moved to Nashville and saw a show at Robert’s Western World. The experience inspired him to make Not Cool, which he described as “kind of a 50’s, Sun Studio thing, kind of a rock and roll thing.” On June 23, 2015 the Haynes Boys released their record Guardian Angel on vinyl and kicked off a series of shows together on June 25, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio, culminating with a scheduled June 28 show at Comfest, the annual community festival in Columbus.
Tim’s latest record, American Fork, will be released on July 15th on Campfire Propaganda and Last Chance Records in the US and At The Helm Records in the UK, contributed to compilation albums with Minneapolis’ finest and established musicians, had significant social media and Youtube presence, and is now preparing for a US tour to support their acclaimed debut record. Sleep Study’s unapologetic dedication to their modern take on a 70’s pop sound has them earning continued press from news outlets in their home state as well as The Austin Chronicle during SXSW.
And that’s just the first year…