Tim Easton en Balawan?

Homestead bouwt op dit moment een gitaar voor de Indonesische virtuoos Balawan (www.balawan.net) en de singer-songwriter uit Nashville Tim Easton (www.timeaston.com).

Tim Easton

American songwriter Tim Easton was born on the Canadian border in upstate New York and spent his formative years living in Tokyo, Japan and Akron, Ohio. Traveling early and often, he learned the ways of the road and rails and spent 7 years as a bonafide troubadour, making his way around Europe, playing the streets and clubs, living in Paris, London, Madrid, Prague, Dublin, and wherever he laid his hat. It was this period of time when he developed his songwriting style – folk based storytelling and personal traveling tales, often peppered with bold confessions or “tell it as it is” reality. Rolling Stone Magazine praised him as “having a novelist’s sense of humanity.”

Returning to his roots in North America, moving to New York City and then Los Angeles, he signed with New West Records and released five critically acclaimed solo albums starting with 2001’s “The Truth About Us,” which featured three fourths of WILCO as the backing band. Invitations to be a support act from mentors Lucinda Williams and John Hiatt arrived. Easton settled in the burgeoning art and music scene of Joshua Tree, California between worldwide tours. After becoming a Father and re-locating to Nashville, Easton recorded an album for THIRTY TIGERS (“NOT COOL” 2013), which accented the stripped down Memphis & Sun Studios sound of the Tennessee Three. His next album 2016’s “AMERICAN FORK,” was a grand departure from his previous efforts, featuring a fully flushed out backing band with elaborate songs arrangements. His most recent album, “Paco & The Melodic Polaroids,” is a fully stripped down, solo-acoustic album celebrating 30 years of companionship with “Paco,” his trusty Gibson J-45 acoustic guitar. The new project was recorded DIRECT TO LACQUER at The Earnest Tube Studio in Bristol, Virginia. Recently, Easton reached the milestone of having 100 Published original songs which he celebrated by releasing 100 solo performance videos on 100 consecutive days, all posted on his personal YouTube channel.

He currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

I Wayan Balawan

Balinese Indonesian Jazz/Rock/Ethnic guitar player, singer and songwriter. He is better known by a single name; “Balawan”.

He is the first Asia’s guitarist that has developed the touch style technique with 8 fingers a.k.a. the touch-tapping style on a double-neck guitar. The technique uses all four fingers of the right hand to create the melody progression and all four fingers of the left hand to create the bass and rhythmic sounds.

Balawan grew up with traditional Balinese music and started playing guitar since he was 8 years old. When he was 12 years old, he started playing rock music in a band. After graduating from Australian Institute of Music, he went back to Bali and formed Batuan Ethnic Fusion band, combining Guitar, Bass, Drum with Balinese traditional music instruments such as Balinese Gamelan and Ceng-ceng to make Jazz/ Rock/ Ethnic music.

Besides producing a number of solo albums, Balawan also collaborates with two other Indonesian guitar virtuosos; Dewa Budjana, Tohpati and formed a trio group named Trisum. He also collaborates with Fajar Adi Nugroho (bass) and Dion Wardyono Subiakto (drum) and formed the Balawan Bifan Trio.

In order to stimulate the growth of (young) Indonesian musicians, Balawan established the BUMI foundation in Bali, a music and recording school that also has a professional stage for performances.