Find Your Way, Tim Easton

New Music Tim Easton

Tim Easton – Photo: LTTL

Tim Easton

New Album ‘Find Your Way’

Out May 14, 2024

Nomadic minstrel Tim Easton has had a songwriting career as rich as it has been varied – folk music, rock ‘n’ roll, erstwhile bands and solo songwriting, all the places he has called home, including his birthplace of America. Surviving as a busker in Paris and Prague, living and working on both US coasts, touring relentlessly through remote Alaska or recording with some of the most famous sidemen in rock history, Easton has followed his inspiration to every point on the map.

As an upstart three decades ago, Easton’s vision of melding folk tradition with a little rock ‘n’ roll preceded the music scene his records might fit into today, known widely now as Americana. Easton had a chance encounter in the late ‘90s with the ultimate storyteller, the late John Prine, who instructed Easton to write his own songs. That advice he has certainly followed to the nth degree. (After Prine’s death, Easton penned the gentle tribute “Voice on the Radio” for 2021’s You Don’t Really Know Me – read our review HERE).

Easton’s songs have an uncanny knack for drilling down on relationships and reasoning human experiences and his catalogue has an air of timelessness, which may explain why tracks from his early records Special 20 and Not Cool come in as requests at his shows even now. (Both albums, long out of print, were reissued late last year to appease diehard fans). 

Now, though, Easton’s lens is fixed on a particular one of his homes away from home, the birthplace of his mother and many of his dearest friends. Find Your Way, out in May 2024 via Black Mesa Records, was recorded, mixed and mastered in Canada with an all-Canadian crew of studio musicians: Geoff Hicks, Jeremy Holmes, Jeanne Tolmie, Ryland Moranz and Tyler Lieb.

Produced at Neighborhood Recorders in Victoria, British Columbia by Stagger, a longtime collaborator and one-third of folk supergroup Easton Stagger Phillips, the album zigs and zags through the geography so intrinsic to Easton’s storytelling. This makes the so-called “one-of-a-kindland” topography of Victoria the perfect setting for the new tracks. Find Your Way is said to be full of explorations of turmoil and resolution, of troubled relationships viewed from the outside – and within. Easton calls the songs “feature films inside three-minute chunks of music.” “Find Your Way,” the record’s title track, is what he calls a “cautionary tale with a pinch of hope,” detailing his hindsight of a near-miss tragedy after a long-ago recording session with Austin’s Band of Heathens

Easton has guested on albums by Lucinda Williams and Cory Branan. He’s made his records with most of Wilco, Mike Campbell, Jim Keltner and Aaron Lee Tasjan. Easton is also a published poet, an essayist and a songwriting teacher. Humbly, he says he’s a “decent observer” of humankind and the ups and downs of our behaviour, and he’s always looking for new ways – and new places – to tell our stories for us.

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4 Comments

  1. i have been reading your articles faithfully since before covid. this is the first album release i have ever seen NOT on a friday

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    • Really? It’s not been a conscious decision. Most releases are, in fact, Thursday or Friday, but we generally pump out the articles whenever we get the chance (except for Sundays which we find to be the worst day for readership traction, for some reason). Thanks for checking in, we appreciate it!

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      • sorry rob let me rephrase. i dont mean when the articles are posted, i mean when the albums release date is. every (not just most) albums are released on a friday. i always put them in my calendar. and its always on that friday that i search spotify. btw thanks again for lttl. iits my bible for music. one day you will have to get up to winnipeg for our folk festival

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        • yes, Jeff, you are spot on. there’s a release custom that’s been going for a while. maybe releasing on a Friday is cos people have more time to listen over the weekend? OR it’s a happy day for workers, they’re feeling positive about the weekend and more receptive? thanks for your kind words. Winnipeg Folk sounds fab. Lineup to be announced shortly too!

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