Best kept secret…
A musician who has been labeled “San Diego’s best kept secret,” Hank Easton may not be able to hang on to this moniker much longer. The secret is quickly coming out of the bag. Arguably the best guitarist in the San Diego area, he is rapidly attracting fans worldwide to his unique style of jazz-pop-rock-blues-fusion guitar playing and songwriting. With the release of three new CDs of original music in just the past year, Easton is destined to become a important figure in jazz/rock guitar and composition over the next few years.
Easton has spent nearly his entire life with a guitar in his hands. Originally from New York, Easton began playing guitar at age five. He was classically trained at The Cleveland Institute of Music from early childhood until age 17. During those years he also began playing electric guitar, counting among his influences the premier guitarists/artists of the time—Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Steely Dan, Carlton, Benson, Clapton, Howe, Santana, Frampton, and others.
Already a seasoned club guitarist after graduating from The Ohio State University in 1985, Easton decided to move to Southern California. He continued developing his own style and gaining new fans. While Hank has sustained his love of classical music and acoustic guitar, he is known mostly for his prowess on the electric guitar.
Easton’s artistic fluency and versatility as a guitarist immediately established him as an in-demand performer, sideman and studio musician on the Southern California circuit. In addition to his solo guitar work he has a four-piece fusion band, “The Hank Easton Group,” which displays all facets of his guitar work. Easton is currently the featured guitarist in San Diego’s most popular award-winning tribute band, “The Steely Damned.”
Aside from live performances, Easton continues producing in his studio. The first new recordings since “Show Me A Sign” in 1995, Easton recently released three new CDs: “Snapshots,” “Nylon and Steel” and “Eleven.” Currently, he is also writing and recording for television and film. It has been said that “you can’t keep some secrets for long.” Now you are in on it too.
Snapshots features 12 tracks of Easton’s outstanding soft rock/pop vocal productions. A gifted songwriter, Easton’s moving lyrics and beautiful melodies will linger in your memory. The album has been described as “sheer bliss.”
These songs express a rare personal depth and sincerity. Some of the highlights include: “When You Tell Me ‘I Love You’,” the delightful “This Song,” and the evocative ode to imminent fatherhood, “Little One.” Also included are the fully produced and unplugged versions of Easton’s pop-jazz standard “Show Me a Sign.”
The renditions of five unique and inspiring vocalists appear on the album, including the late, great international talent Warren Wiebe on “Show Me a Sign.” The lineup features some of San Diego’s finest vocalists: Leonard Tucker, Keni Yarbro, John Toomey, and Tony Davis. A self-described perfectionist, Easton wrote, arranged and produced all of the tracks on this disc himself to meet his own exacting standards.
Pictures and words from the official Hank Easton website.
Bun Full Of Honey Music 2007
Tracks: When You Tell Me I Love You, Show Me A Sign, On My Way, Peace Or Pain, This Song, When He Smiles, Will You Stay, Cravin´To Satisfy, Whenever You Need A Friend, Ain´t Doin´Right, Little On & Show Me A Sign (Unplugged).
Musicians on the Snapshot album: Hank Easton, Leonard Tucker, Anthony Smith, Allan Phillips, Richard Sellers, Warren Wiebe, Tommy Arros, Kevin Hennessy, Chris Jones, Bruve Babad, Duncan Moore, John Toomey, Kamau Kenyatta, Gary Taylor, Tony Davis, Kenu Yarbro, Mark Moorhead, Larry Grano & Dave Curtis.
Show Me A Sign
Hank Easton Publishing 1995
Tracks: Show Me A Sign, Suite 448, Peace Or Pain, Pillow Monster, Camila, Cravin´, Jessica & Leylan, Ain´t Doin´Right, Backlash, When She Smiles, Coming Home, Don´t Need No Words, Funk Me & Show Me A Sign (Reprise).
Musicians on the Show Me A Sign album: Hank Easton, Warren Wiebe, Tony Davis, Bruce Babad, Chris Jones, Kevin Hennessey, Tommy Arros, Duncan Moore, Gary Taylor, John Toomey, Kamau Kenyatta, Alan Eicher, Don Anderson, Angel O´Brian, Dave Curtis & Dwight Stephens.