Tim Easton – Not Cool (Rating 4 out of 5)

notcoolAn Americana singer songwriter with a soul right out of Sun Records. With a voice that floats between the man in black himself and Roy Orbison, this album is pure fun. From name checking Elmore James on “Little Doggie (1962)” to “Troubled Times” that has a bit of a Rock-A-Billy meets The Righteous Brothers vibe, every song is a charmer. The New Grass flavor sprinkled selectively gives the album a contemporary feel, and the song “Crazy Motherf*cker From Shelby, Ohio” pretty much tells it like it is.

Raised in Akron, Ohio growing up influenced by The Beatles, Kiss, Doc Watson, and John Prine, Tim Easton left to pursue his dreams in Nashville starting out in a rock band before gradually honing his style to take adavantage of all the disparate styles of music floating around his adopted city.

Not Cool is very cool. The songwriting is first rate and with Easton painting aural pictures worty of an Elmore Leonard Novel. The upright bass and the vintage sounding guitar give the proceedings that certain air of authenticity, and with songs like the instrumental “Knock out Roses (For Levon)” we get the sense of an artist that has all of his priorities in the right place.