October 12, 2011
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St, Cincinnati, OH
21+, FREE, 10pm
Beat The Beat is Easton’s sixth release and 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). It was mixed by Grammy® winner Steve Christensen (Steve Earle, Joe Sample). 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 also just released Since 1966: Vol. 1, a primarily solo acoustic album featuring another 11 previously unreleased songs recorded in various 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 Elliott Smith’s old “Basement On A Hill” studio in the San Fernando Valley.
Both CDs are receiving rave reviews and airplay on Americana radio.