The Problems (acoustic), Tim Easton
Nathan Corsi, Elaine McMilian, KALEIGH BAKER
1531 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO, 64108
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
The Problems (acoustic)
Originally from New York, and now living in Kansas city, Mike Borgia has already made a noticeable dent in the local music scene. From a national touring artist to one of the most prolific and underrated artists of our time.
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.
My name is Nathan Corsi.
I play in Not A Planet.
I like to Rock & Roll.
Elaine McMilian writes and sings songs that come straight from her life as a woman, a daughter, a sister, mother, lover, and friend. She uses her vocal versatility to interpret every song uniquely, while keeping the lyrics out front and clear.
Kaleigh Baker is a Blues/Rock/Soul fireball with a sound as raw as the struggle itself. Capturing audiences with supreme vocal talent and emotional performances, Kaleigh has solidified her presence in the touring scene. A versatile vocalist and blossoming songwriter, Kaleigh can put shivers down your spine with her whisper, and send you to your knees with her roar. Kaleigh's broad musical influences are showcased amongst an array of deep gut moving originals with a sprinkle of solid covers. Artists with control of their instrument don't come around this often, and Kaleigh is bound to be with us for a long while. Soulful music is internationally recognized and it's only a matter of time before Kaleigh's is carrying her voice across the seas. Ms. Baker currently performs (and is continually booking) at local venues all across America.