Easton plans new disc on Black Mesa
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
– Veteran Nashville-based singer-songwriter Tim Easton will release his 10th solo album in August of this year on Black Mesa Records.
No specific information about a release date or title was given.
Easton also announced that he will perform all five Tuesdays in June at City Winery Nashville. The residency backing band are Nashville newcomers UPSTATE MOJO, who will play their own short set of original roots music before serving as the backing band for Easton. Each week there will be a special guest singer-songwriter from the Black Oak Artists roster as the opening act, followed by Upstate Mojo, then Tim Easton. The opening act will return near the end of the set to perform one John Prine song with Easton and the band.
Raised in Akron, Ohio, Easton has been active for about 25 years in releasing music. At one point, Easton was based in Los Angeles and recorded for New West Roads.
After moving to Nashville and starting his own label, Campfire Propaganda, Easton teamed with Thirty Tigers to release "Not Cool" in 2013. "American Fork" came out with Last Chance Records in 2015, "Paco & The Melodic Polaroids" in 2018. Two years ago, he put out "Exposition," a field recording partly recorded at the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas where Robert Johnson recorded, and partly in Okemah, Okla.
Black Mesa artists also include Travis Linville and John Calvin Abney.
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