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Second Cup Café: Tim Easton

Alt-country guitarist Tim Easton has been winning critical raves for several years.

Rolling Stone magazine called him "a student of classic-pop songcraft, willing to interrupt a weighty narrative with an undeniable hook." The Chicago Sun-Times said, "Simply stunning."

Easton visited The Saturday Early Show's Second Cup Café to play some tunes from his third solo album, "Break Your Mother's Heart."

Based in Athens, Georgia, Easton has headlined hundreds of shows, but has also has toured with the likes of Cowboy Junkies, Alison Krauss, John Hiatt and the Flatlanders.

Easton grew up in Ohio, then started traveling, as he began experimenting with music. He made his way back to Columbus, Ohio and joined The Haynes Boys, who released the blues-rock influenced album "Guardian Angel" in 1997. The record didn't do well, and Easton next released a solo album, "Special 20," in 1998.

Soon he was rewarded a publishing deal with EMI, and he recorded "The Truth About Us," which introduced the music world to the rising star. Some critics have compared the singer/guitarist to Paul Simon and Bob Dylan, but with a country twist that combines the Easton's storytelling ability with catchy pop music hooks.

For his latest work, "Break Your Mother's Heart," Easton writes on his Web page (TimEaston.com):

"Not one computer was used during the recording of this album. Zero, none. A computer sat darkly in the corner of Cherokee Studios control room with a post-it on the screen that said 'see you next year, maybe.' We made this record mostly live with my guitar and vocals being tracked in the same room as the band. We were going for more feel than sugar. More mood than strict order."

With several positive reviews already in, it's a sound worth hearing.