Tim Easton

Tim Easton is a consummate traveling songwriter. From his Ohio roots through stretches in Paris and Prague, Tim grew his credentials with stints in NYC and LA, leading to his latest encampment in the high desert country outside of Joshua Tree, California. This contemporary troubadour, in the strictest definition of the word, continues to make the rounds in a business where traveling is both the inspiration and the reward.

His continuous adventures down roads both easily traveled and not are evident in the songs on his latest effort, BEAT THE BAND, an independent release from Easton's own label, CAMPFIRE PROPAGANDA. Another revolution for Easton's songwriting, the observation and introspection on BEAT THE BAND marks his first entirely independent release since his '98 debut, Special 20. The album is also his first effort recorded with a traveling band since his college days with Columbus, Ohio's short lived Haynes Boys. Since those days Tim has shared stages in North America, Europe, and Japan with artists/influences Lucinda Williams, John Hiatt and M. Ward.

"This is a unique batch of songs – not just everyday stories," says Easton. "Some of these lyrics are brand new, some of them I've carried with me for the better part of 10 years."

BEAT THE BAND was recorded and produced by The Freelan Barons during a five day session at Nashville's Club Roar, and mixed by Grammy winner Steve Christensen in Houston. Easton's direction and depth of craftsmanship shine fully 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. The effect propels listeners from the melancholic soul searching of a night where Nobody Plays Piano in Athens, Georgia, to the redemption and hope stirring through the protagonist of Daily Life.

The bristle of Porcupine, Easton's prior release (New West, 2009), is still present in BEAT THE BAND, but it has gained the polish and shine that come only with a band that has developed a strong collaborative rapport. The songs were worked over prior to entering the studio by The Freelan Barons on a three week tour of the Midwest. The discipline inherent to band sets gave the folksinger with an aversion to doing things the same way twice a good reason to pin these arrangements down.

Knowing Easton's catalog didn't hurt either – both Mark Stepro (drums, Ben Kweller), Aaron Lee Tasjan (guitar & piano, Madison Square Gardeners) used to sneak into the music clubs of Columbus, Ohio to hear Tim play. Alex Livingstone, from Austin, TX's Grand Champeen, rounds out the rhythm section on a Rickenbacker bass. The talent present and time spent bashing these songs out in clubs has given a distinct edge to BEAT THE BAND.

The White Cheddar Boys

Philadelphia songwriter boog has opened the doors to his Rock and Roll citadel with his newest EP, Regency. A sonic departure from his eponymous 2011 solo album, Regency brings together fuzz-drenched drums, slapping vocal echoes, and spring-loaded guitar lines in a cowpunk-meets-doo-wop saga. Lyrically, the record explores warring concepts—guilt and freedom, power and longing, ambition and fear, success and ethic— through a courtly lens, mindful of the most magnificent king, the lowliest serf, and all hands in between. Lo-fi in sound, feudal in content, and Rock and Roll at heart, Regency follows the model of boog's previous work, only in that it follows no model but its own.

boog will support Regency solo in concert through summer and fall 2012.

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Tim Easton with The White Cheddar Boys, Boog

Wednesday, October 16 · 9:00 PM at Ortlieb's