Tim Easton offers "Porcupine"
Monday, March 2, 2009
– Rootsy musician Tim Easton will be back with his fifth album, "Porcupine," April 28 on New West Records. The Joshua Tree, Cal. resident's sound is rooted in blues, rock and. Easton will be on the road with a band, including a stop in Austin for South By Southwest.
Easton returned to Alex The Great and Club Roar studios in Nashville to work with Brad Jones and Robin Eaton who produced his debut album, Special 20. He wanted to "make some noise and get that jagged, midwestern rock and roll sound again" so he hand-picked the Ohio-based rhythm section - Sam Brown on drums (Gaunt, New Bomb Turks, RJD2) and Matt Surgeson on bass and backing vocals (he also played on Easton's "Special 20"). Guitarist Kenny Vaughn, who Easton met playing in Lucinda Williams' band for her Car Wheels tour, played second guitar.
As for the title, Easton said, "I thought the physical animal called the porcupine was a perfect symbol for the sound of this record in that it appears to be a gentle and harmless creature from a distance but up close it is in fact sharp and potentially dangerous."
Easton previously released 3 albums on New West: "The Truth About Us" (2001), "Break Your Mother's Heart" (2003) and "Ammunition" (2006). He has toured with label mates John Hiatt and The Flatlanders, as well as with The Jayhawks and Lucinda Williams. Living in the village of Joshua Tree between tours has made more time available for other creative endeavours such as painting and writing. "There's not much else to do out here," he said, "so going for long hikes with my dogs or making music, paintings, and stories is what fills my average day at home." A series of 500 individually painted vinyl album jackets will be part of the "Porcupine" release, and the New West CD release will feature Easton's art on the cover.
Tour dates include:
March 18-21 - South By South West including:
Pop Culture Press day party (March 18 at The Dog and Duck Pub)
New West Records day party (March 19 at Club Deville)
Sin City Social Club day party (March 20 at Maria's Tacos)
Ground Control Touring showcase (March 20 at Habana Bar Backyard)
Monday April 27 Fort Wayne, Ind. Brass Rail
Thursday April 30 Chicago, IL The Hideout
Friday May 1 Columbus, Ohio The Rumba Cafe
Saturday May 2 Whitesburg, Ky. Summit City
Sunday May 3 Charleston, West Va. Mountain Stage at Cultural Center Theater
Tuesday May 5 Arlington, Va. IOTA Club and Cafe
Wednesday May 6 New York, The Mercury Lounge 8pm
Thursday May 7 Philadelphia, Johnny Brendas
Friday June 5 Los Angeles, The Mint
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