Marcus Eaton 

Feb. 8, The Big Easy

Idaho native-Seattle based Marcus Eaton has a musical curriculum vitae that reads like that of a musician twice his age. What has allowed Eaton to be successful--both with a band and as a solo performer--is not just his musical talent, though he's got a truckload of that. He's a down-to-earth, intelligent guy, who realizes he's fortunate to be doing what he loves, but also knows that it takes more than luck to stay in the business. It takes hard work.

I caught up with an exhausted Eaton while he was on the road, which is where he seems to spend most of his time. I teased him about being too young to be so tired, and he set me straight: "Try pulling hours and hours and hours of driving plus everything else; loading and unloading equipment, setting up, taking everything down and then more hours on the road. It gets rough." He'd just finished three shows in Montana with Nate Keezer (drums) and Jon Markel (bass), members of his new trio which he'll proudly be showcasing at the Big Easy on Thursday.

I asked if there's a new album in the near future. "Yes," he said hesitantly, "but I'd like to do it a little differently. I think it would be fun to tour a little, and go into a studio and track a song, tour again, etc. Just spend a day or two on a song instead of stopping and recording for two or three months at a time." I asked if he was thinking about doing a live album. "I've definitely thought about it," he said. "I eventually want to document my solo stuff live." He told me about some plans he has for an upcoming project, but he's keeping the details under wraps for now. Hopefully, we'll get a chance to sit down for another interview ... if I can get him to stay still long enough.

--Amy Atkins

Thursday, Feb. 8, 8 p.m., with locals Equaleyes, $10 advance, $12 at the door, the Big Easy, 416 S. 9th St., 208-367-1212.

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