An Akron Native, Singer-Songwriter Tim Easton to Play Survival Kit Gallery in April


  • Courtesy of the Earnest Tube
An Akron native, singer-songwriter Tim Easton moved out of Northeast Ohio years ago. But he still has strong ties to the musical community here.

He’ll return to town on Friday, April 13, to celebrate the release of his ninth solo album, Paco & The Melodic Polaroids, with a show at Survival Kit Gallery.

The “Paco” in the album’s title refers to a Gibson J-45 guitar he bought in Columbus, Ohio in 1987.

“My dad worked for Goodyear, so I grew up in Akron, and I was the youngest of seven,” Easton says in a press release announcing the show. “That’s one way of saying I had a lot of vinyl records to comb through as a kid. My first big concerts were at Blossom and the Coliseum where I saw the Kinks and my first local band show was the Numbers Band at an outdoor show in downtown Akron.”

Recorded by the locally based the Earnest Tube, the album represents a return to the way popular American music was originally recorded. Over the course of two days last September, Easton worked in the Earnest Tube’s Bristol, Virginia studio and recorded ten solo acoustic tracks direct to lacquer with Clinton Holley III, co-owner of the Earnest Tube. Each song is captured in a single take via a vintage portable lathe that cuts the signal directly to a lacquer acetate disc.

“It’s a very raw and pure process that requires real talent on the part of the musician,” says Holley. “Because it doesn’t involve auto-tune, overdubbing, pitch correction, comping or other audio manipulation, the emphasis is completely on the songs and the performance.”

Easton financed the project through the crowdfunding platform PledgeMusic, and the locally based Gotta Groove Records will press the vinyl version of the album.

Local musician Lawrence Daniel Caswell will open the Survival Kit show and play a rare all-acoustic show.

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