Patrick Sweany, Tim Easton

Patrick Sweany

Tim Easton

Fri, November 9, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Rock Shop

Brooklyn, NY

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Patrick Sweany
Patrick Sweany
Patrick Sweany likes the spaces in between.

On a given night (or on a given album) he'll swing through blues, folk, soul, bluegrass, maybe some classic 50s rock, or a punk speedball. He's a musical omnivore, devouring every popular music sound of the last 70 years, and mixing 'em all together seamlessly into his own stew. Yet, the one thing that most people notice about Patrick isn't his ability to copy - it's his authenticity. Like his heroes, folks like Bobby "Blue" Bland, Eddie Hinton, Doug Sahm, Joe Tex, Patrick somehow manages to blend all of these influences into something all his own.

It's no wonder that as a kid he immersed himself in his dad's extensive record collection: 60s folk, vintage country, soul, and, of course, blues. Patrick spent hours teaching himself to fingerpick along to Leadbelly, Lightnin' Hopkins, and other folk-blues giants.

In his late teens, Patrick began playing the clubs and coffeehouses around Kent, OH. He quickly gained a reputation for the intricate country blues style he was developing: part Piedmont picking, part Delta slide - with an equally impressive deep, smooth vocal style.

It wasn't long before Pat drew the attention of other notables like Jimmy Thackery who was impressed enough to bring Pat on the road, and Roy Book Binder, who, after hearing Patrick's self-released debut CD I Wanna Tell You, arranged his first appearance at Merlefest in 2002. Book Binder also turned his longtime friend Jorma Kaukonen on to Patrick's music, landing Pat a perennial slot at the legendary Fur Peace Ranch alongside guitarists like GE Smith, Marjorie Thompson, Bill Kirchen and Bob Margolin.

But Pat wouldn't stay in the acoustic world for long. His love of 50s era soul and rock fused with the adrenaline-soaked garage punk revival happening throughout the Rust Belt pushed Pat to form a band.

After 3 critically acclaimed CDs (the last two produced by longtime collaborator Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys), Patrick has expanded his touring radius to 49 states and the UK. He's played premiere festivals all over the U.S., and supported national acts such as The Black Keys, The Gourds, The Wood Brothers, Sonny Landreth, Hot Tuna, and Paul Thorn on tour.

His latest record, That Old Southern Drag, hit the streets February 15, 2011. It was recorded to 2" tape in Nasheville, TN (Patrick's new home) and features contributions from Joe McMahan (Allsion Moorer, Webb Wilder, Mike Farris), Scott McEwan (Tarbox Ramblers), Tim Marks (Will Kimbrough, Taylor Swift), and Chris West (The Dynamites), among others. Southern Drag expands Patrick's roots music palette without losing his signature Deep Blues sound.
Tim Easton
Tim Easton
Tim Easton is a consummate traveling songwriter. From his Ohio roots through stretches in Paris and Prague, Tim grew his credentials with stints in NYC and LA, leading to his latest encampment in the high desert country outside of Joshua Tree, California. This contemporary troubadour, in the strictest definition of the word, continues to make the rounds in a business where traveling is both the inspiration and the reward.

His continuous adventures down roads both easily traveled and not are evident in the songs on his latest effort, BEAT THE BAND, an independent release from Easton's own label, CAMPFIRE PROPAGANDA. Another revolution for Easton's songwriting, the observation and introspection on BEAT THE BAND marks his first entirely independent release since his '98 debut, Special 20. The album is also his first effort recorded with a traveling band since his college days with Columbus, Ohio's short lived Haynes Boys. Since those days Tim has shared stages in North America, Europe, and Japan with artists/influences Lucinda Williams, John Hiatt and M. Ward.

"This is a unique batch of songs – not just everyday stories," says Easton. "Some of these lyrics are brand new, some of them I've carried with me for the better part of 10 years."

BEAT THE BAND was recorded and produced by The Freelan Barons during a five day session at Nashville's Club Roar, and mixed by Grammy winner Steve Christensen in Houston. Easton's direction and depth of craftsmanship shine fully on BEAT THE BAND – one foot standing firmly in the history of American folk music, while the other strides deftly into lush pop harmonies and song constructions. The effect propels listeners from the melancholic soul searching of a night where Nobody Plays Piano in Athens, Georgia, to the redemption and hope stirring through the protagonist of Daily Life.

The bristle of Porcupine, Easton's prior release (New West, 2009), is still present in BEAT THE BAND, but it has gained the polish and shine that come only with a band that has developed a strong collaborative rapport. The songs were worked over prior to entering the studio by The Freelan Barons on a three week tour of the Midwest. The discipline inherent to band sets gave the folksinger with an aversion to doing things the same way twice a good reason to pin these arrangements down.

Knowing Easton's catalog didn't hurt either – both Mark Stepro (drums, Ben Kweller), Aaron Lee Tasjan (guitar & piano, Madison Square Gardeners) used to sneak into the music clubs of Columbus, Ohio to hear Tim play. Alex Livingstone, from Austin, TX's Grand Champeen, rounds out the rhythm section on a Rickenbacker bass. The talent present and time spent bashing these songs out in clubs has given a distinct edge to BEAT THE BAND.
Venue Information:
The Rock Shop
249 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11215