Tim Easton sings to help Nashville's homeless

Feb 13 2017
Posted by: Staff
Tim Easton sings to help Nashville's homeless

By: Ashley Heeney

Over the course of his persevering career to its recent peaking, Tim Easton’s music has changed, but his love for helping others has not. Lately, he has tried to blend the two, including sharing his love and lust for life through producing and singing tunes for Nashville’s homeless.

“For me, it gets personal when you see someone struggling in your own neighborhood or begging on the side of a freeway on-ramp,” said Easton, a rock n’ roll, folk and Americana singer-songwriter with nine solo albums who is currently signed to Last Chance Records. With the most recent release, he has ascended the charts – Americana’s, in particular. Currently he is working on release number 10. 

His most recent product on the Last Chance label is the full-length American Fork, somewhat of an anti-apathy record.

“But I say Rock & Roll can still change the world, so don’t let your life be wasted on you,” he sings in “Killing Time.” “Don’t hang there like a broken door. Find out what you’re living for. There has to be something more than just killing time.”

“I try not to get too preachy because that can be a drag for live audiences.  [But] most folks know I'm a bit of a Woody Guthrie devotee,” Easton said.

“I try to use my job to help others when I can,” he said, adding that he believes in more than love, to find peace. “It's difficult to pray for those who you are upset with, but we have to try to do it if we are to gain any peace.”

Easton said his passion for advocacy work harkens back to when he was an Akron, Ohio high school student “working in the barrios of Santo Domingo at 16 years old, thanks to a program called Amigos De Las Americas.” 

He credits his family – his father, now 93, older brothers and sisters, and his daughter – for giving and continuing his foundation of love. “We would be lost,” he said. “We don't speak much about love but I know it's there. [And] I'm very lucky in that I live in a community that harbors love and understanding.”

Nearly three and a half decades later, he said he still wants to help the homeless population, and more than just at Christmas.

“I did my first video campaign [in 2015] to assist the [Nashville Rescue] Mission downtown. I'd love to make it an annual thing.”

Easton, and a crew of other local musicians, recorded a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Whatcha Gonna Do?” to raise awareness and funds for the mission.

In 2016, he and fellow players recorded Dylan’s “Rocks and Gravel” to benefit the Southern Alliance for People and Animal Welfare, or “SAFPAW,” a nonprofit homeless outreach organization based in Nashville that aims to serve people and pets often in remote areas.

Easton said if he had the power, his wish would additionally be to see the Metro area provide mental health and substance abuse rehabilitation for the homeless. 

“It is a very difficult situation,” he said. “I'm not a professional in these matters. I just know that we are here to help others when we can.”

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