Saturday 14 October
8pm – 12am
Tago Mago – 744 High St, Thornbury
‘Tim Easton is a songwriter’s songwriter’ – Jim Lauderdale
American songwriter Tim Easton was born in upstate New York, right across the river from Canada, his Mother’s home country. He grew up in Akron, Ohio and spent three years living in Tokyo because of his father’s job at Goodyear Tire. Traveling early and often, he learned the ways of the road and rails and spent 7 years as a bona-fide troubadour, making his way around Europe, playing the streets and clubs, living in Paris, London, Prague, Dublin, or wherever he laid his hat.
It was this period of time when he developed his songwriting style – folk-based storytelling and personal traveling tales, often peppered with bold confessions or ‘tell it as is’ reality. Rolling Stone Magazine praised him as ‘having a novelist’s sense of humanity’.
Returning to his roots in North America, Easton released five solo albums starting with 2001’s The Truth About Us, which featured Jay Bennet, Ken Coomer and John Stirrat (of WILCO) as the backing band. Invitations from mentors Lucinda Williams, John Hiatt and Steve Earle as a support act followed. Many tours later, after settling in Nashville, Easton recorded an album for THIRTY TIGERS (Not Cool, 2013), which accented the stripped down Memphis & Sun Studios sound of the Tennessee Three. His ninth solo album, American Fork, is a grand departure from his previous efforts, featuring a fully fleshed-out backing band, musicians and elaborate song arrangements. It was released September 2nd on LAST CHANCE RECORDS (North America) and AT THE HELM RECORDS (UK) in September, 2016 and reached to #11 on the Americana Music Association’s Radio Charts in Billboard Magazine. Tim toured Australia in 2016 generating much excitement amongst local audiences and now returns for his second tour (and return show to Tago Mago).
Joshua Seymour is a storyteller, an interpreter, and someone who can hold a captive audience in any situation. Having spent the last few years as co-songwriter in Melbourne-based alt-country band, Cherrywood, Josh has come out swinging with a fantastic set of his own songs. Not to be missed.