Put a little rock in your week with this Yellow Cab show

Singer-songwriter Tim Easton, who led Columbus-based roots rockers the Haynes Boys in the 1990s, performs at the Yellow Cab Bldg. in Dayton on Thursday, Sept. 21. CONTRIBUTED

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Singer-songwriter Tim Easton, who led Columbus-based roots rockers the Haynes Boys in the 1990s, performs at the Yellow Cab Bldg. in Dayton on Thursday, Sept. 21. CONTRIBUTED

Traveling has been a constant in the life of Tim Easton, performing at the Yellow Cab Bldg. in Dayton on Thursday, Sept. 21. The singer-songwriter grew up in Akron and was a street busker in Europe for seven years before returning to Ohio in the 1990s, where he led Columbus-based roots rockers the Haynes Boys.

Easton recently discussed the ups and downs of life as a troubadour.

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MUSIC AND MOTION

“I do honestly feel like a citizen of the world. I don’t say that because it sounds cool — that’s my life. The normalcy of long-distance journeys started early for me because my dad worked for Goodyear, and the company transferred the whole family to Japan when I was 9 years old.”

CULTURAL EXPOSURE

“I wish American youth was more like Australian youth, where a mandatory part of the growing up process is going on a huge walkabout. If you can view other cultures, you get a better appreciation of what you have at home and it makes you a better citizen of your own country.”

RURAL LIVING

“I love going to big cities — I’m in them all the time — but I’d never live in one again. I prefer the country now. Nashville is not a tiny town by any means, although it feels like it sometimes. I live north of the interstate belt so I feel like I’m in the country. I can hear the frogs at night.”

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ON THE ROAD

“I travel so much it doesn’t feel like I’ve been in Nashville six years. I go to Alaska every year for a month at a time. I’ve been to Australia and Europe four times, all over the continental United States, to Cuba a few times and even down to Bolivia. I’ve been to Ohio three times a year for the past six years. My dad lives up in Akron. Now that I live closer, I can visit my home state more often.”

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LONESOME ROADS

“For me to earn a living and continue my job as a traveling musician, I only travel solo acoustic so there’s a lot more solitude for me on the road. I used to think that was a positive thing but now I’ve noticed it has isolated me from my family and some friendships. The lone wolf was a romantic notion for a while but after you become a dad it’s not so doable. That’s why I’m trying to train my daughter to play the drums. She’s 7 years old now and her piano and drum lessons are increasing.”


WANT TO GO?

Who: Tim Easton with local opener David Payne

Where: Yellow Cab Bldg., 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton

When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $10

More info:www.yellowcabtavern.com

Artist info:www.timeaston.com

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