Tim Easton’s Ohio roots form the very heart of Porcupine, his latest solo Rock album. The Akron resident attended OSU in the mid-’90s, formed his first band, toured Europe, honed his craft while street-busking, then returned to Columbus and joined The Haynes Boys. The Boys’ Garage-tinged Americana attracted serious attention before Easton recorded his 1998 solo debut, Special 20, leading to his New West contract. Two years later, members of Wilco backed Easton on his sophomore album, The Truth About Us, reinforcing the Tweedy/Farrar comparisons. Easton’s California relocation informed the more reflective Break Your Mother’s Heart in 2003, and his subsequent Joshua Tree move inspired Ammunition.
After deciding to do some rafter dusting on Porcupine, Easton enlisted former Haynes Boys bassist Matt Surgeson and ex-New Bomb Turks drummer Sam Brown to help him push the needle.
He plays the Southgate House parlour with Billy Catfish Orchestra. Before the show, see him for an 6 p.m. in-store at Shake It Records. Get Sound Advice and show details here.