In the winter of 2008, Tim Easton (Nashville, TN), and Leeroy Stagger (Lethbridge, AB), and Evan Phillips (Anchorage, AK) got together in a cabin in Girdwood, Alaska to do some recording. The three roving troubadours wanted to capture a collection of songs that had a ‘front porch’ feel. The result was a full length album, ‘One For The Ditch’ and the beginning of a new band, Easton Stagger Phillips.
ESP released their debut album in the fall of 2008, touring Alaska as well as Ireland and Europe. After that, the band went separate ways, each of them focusing on their respective solo and band careers.
Four years have passed since ‘One For The Ditch’ was released. With the band’s personal and professional lives getting busier by the year, it seems there’s no better time than the present to get together and make some more music. That’s why ESP has decided to make a new album now.
In January, 2013 Tim and Evan will pack their things and fly to the barren, windswept prairies of Lethbridge, Alberta to record at Leeroy’s basement studio, The Rebeltone Ranch. Once there, they’ll spend 2 weeks recording and mixing a brand new batch of songs they’ve been writing over the last 4 years. The band’s artistic bar is high, and the goal is simple: to make the best record possible for themselves, and for their fans.
Evan Phillips is locally known as the frontman for the Whipsaws, as well as for his solo recordings and work with Easton Stagger Phillips. Molly McDermott is a cellist and singer who has toured with the Kirtan Choir and June Madrona. Both are songwriters with a keen interest in folk and experimental music, and a mutual love for their home, Alaska.
Created over the course of 5 years, Silhouettes represents a new energy for one of Alaska’s most enduring rockers. From the ethereal melodies of the album’s title track (below), to ambient instrumental “Afterschool Special”, to folk duet lullaby “Guess I Was Just Young”, this album stretches the boundaries of rock and americana genres.
The album features stunning vocal work be Seattle-based songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews, as well as skillful organ and keys by Nasvhille ripper, Matt Rowland. Additionally a host of other great players contributed artistically including Bryan Daste (Portland, OR), James Glaves (Anchorage, AK), and Emma Hill (Anchorage, AK), plusmany more.
If your interest lies in acoustic-driven singer-songwriter material, Easton Stagger and Phillips’s debut is a must own for this year. Don’t wait for one of these guys to show up on a Disney show before you buy the record. One for the Ditch has done its part to keep honest American music alive for one more year. Read More