Tim Easton may live in Nashville now, but he’s still an Ohio boy at heart. The Akron-raised singer-songwriter first made a name for himself as the frontman for Columbus’ Haynes Boys, who recently reissued their lone full-length, but has been going it alone since that band broke-up around the turn of the century. He’s just released a new record, American Fork, and as he’s long been wont to do, has hit the road in support of it. He will be in New York tonight, playing an early show at the Rockwood Music Hall. Check out the first video from the album, “Right Before Your Own Eyes,” below.
Tonight, Halle & The Jilt will be celebrating the release of their new album, Three Roads Home, with a show at the Rockwood Music Hall. The band is largely the vehicle of songwriter and singer Halle Petro, a native of Cleveland suburb Highland Heights who moved to New York City after graduating with a music degree from Syracuse University in 2000. The new record is the band’s second and was produced using funds from a successful Kickstarter campaign. The album, which is streaming in its entirety on the band’s website this week, highlights Halle’s abilities as a singer through a mix of mellow blues, lilting folk numbers, and smoky torch songs. An example of her talents can be heard on “Signs,” the video for which is below.
Tonight, three Central Ohio ex-pats will join forces for a show at the Rockwood Music Hall. Jon Chinn will start out the evening and will be followed by JP Olsen, who will be joined by Aaron Lee Tasjan (pictured above). Tasjan, who put the show together, will headline with a set of his own. The guitarist, who is originally from the Columbus suburb of New Albany, has put together an impressive resume since leaving home less than a decade ago. He was a founding member of Semi Precious Weapons, has toured with the New York Dolls and Kevin Kinney (Drivin’ n’ Cryin’), and recorded one of his songs, “Streets of Galilee,” with Pat Green, which reached number 15 on the US Country Billboard Charts. He also fronts the Madison Square Gardeners, which features three other Central Ohio transplants, and plays in BP Fallon & The Bandits, which also includes former Blondie members Clem Burke and Nigel Harrison, and Small Faces keyboardist Ian McLagen. Additionally, he has a side project, Enemies, with a few of the Gardeners, and has recorded on his own. This past November, Aaron released The Thinking Man’s Filth EP; check out a song, “Everything That I Have Is Broken,” from the record below.
Tonight, Aaron will be backed by drummer Anton Fier (the leader of the Golden Palominos, a former member of The Feelies and Pere Ubu, and a Cleveland native) and bassist Chris Morrissey.