Note: Tim Easton will perform this week in Talkeetna, including at Live at Five in the Village Park on July 28th. This story comes to us through a content sharing agreement between KTNA and Wick Communications. Wick owns the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, Anchorage Press, and Talkeetna Press, and additional local papers in Southcentral Alaska.
by: Matt Hickman – Talkeetna Press
As Nashville recording artist Tim Easton burst through the sliding doors of Ted Stevens International Airport, the music festival portion of the great Alaskan summer unofficially kicked off.
Visiting more consistently and staying longer than possibly any other national act, it’s probably safe to call Easton Alaska’s Troubadour-in-residence. For this, his 17th straight summer up here, he’s staying 24 days, hitchhiking, more or less, and making new friends everywhere he goes. This year he’s adding a ‘Campfire Propaganda Songwriter Camp’ for four days in Talkeetna to the mix, just to give back a little.
“Sixteen summers in a row, and a couple times I came twice in a year, one time three so I’m over 20,” Easton spoke to his Alaskan passport stamps. “I think everybody who lives there knows and understands that Alaska represents an America that was — it’s about the people and the land and that’s really enough. The nature and the people and that should be enough.”