Dolorean + Tim Easton
Fri 19th Nov @ Britons Protection £5 adv
From the ever-great Yep Roc label comes the wonderful Dolorean. What started as a solo folk guitar performance at The Jasmine Tree Chinese Restaurant in Portland, OR in 1999 turned into a group of musicians and friends performing and recording the songs of Al James as Dolorean. In early 2000 a speculative collaboration resulted in the naïve, but oddly addictive “Sudden Oak” – released as a CD-R in 2000. The album is a collection of stark folk pop – 10 songs that capture the excitement of a budding collaboration between friends. In December 2001 Dolorean booked four days at Larry Crane’s Jackpot! Studio, and created 2003 release “Not Exotic” (Yep Roc), which became an underdog favourite for a group of national critics, music writers and music fans. Latest album “Violence In The Snowy Fields” (Yep Roc) finds a more focused, more mature, and more dynamic band. The album draws on the raw parlour soul of Wild Honey era Beach Boys and the lush Jack Nitzche-Neil Young compositions from Buffalo Springfield. The stripped-down folk songs journey down a road as dark and personal as themes explored by Townes Van Zandt. While there were many converts to Dolorean’s debut restraint in “Not Exotic”, nobody will be disappointed by the growth and spirit of “Violence in the Snowy Fields”.
Tim Easton was born in Lewiston, NY and grew up in Akron, OH – with a 3-year sojourn in Japan. In the early Nineties, he left the Midwest to live and work all over Europe before returning to the US and joining The Haynes Boys. In ’98 Tim self-released his 1st solo album “Special 20” (re-released on New West). This brought him to the attention of New West, who went on to release his 2nd album “The Truth About Us”, a record featuring members of Wilco and guest appearances by Victoria Williams and Mark Olson. Latest record “Break Your Mother’s Heart” (New West) definitively stakes his place in the first rank of contemporary rock troubadours. Nearly all of the ten songs were cut in one or two takes, with Tim playing guitar and singing live in the same room as his band of experienced country players. “Break Your Mother’s Heart” is firm testimony that Tim Easton is a unique and identifiable song stylist, an assured and compelling performer whether playing solo acoustic or with a full band. This time out, Tim has made a career record that ought to delight, provoke and engage all who listen.