Words & Deeds

Deeds: Fresh off tour of Italy, Marcus Eaton returns for Boise concerts

Marcus Eaton stands in front of Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome.
Marcus Eaton stands in front of Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome.

Marcus Eaton definitely got re-energized by a recent tour in Italy, but he’s thrilled to be home again for the holidays.

The singer-guitarist — who moved from Boise to Los Angeles in 2012 — will headline a two-night stand Dec. 27 and 28 at the Sapphire Room at the Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd. (The first night is sold out.)

Concertgoers flock to the intimate, seated Sapphire Room to listen. Not to text. Not to blab over drinks. Just to see pristine live music.

Eaton got a little spoiled by that sort of attentiveness after five weeks in Italy during October and November. His first album in nearly five years, “Versions of the Truth,” has been released there by Italian label Route 61, which helped organize the tour.

Eaton got lots of flattering press. Professional photographers attended his gigs. Newly earned fans went home and followed Eaton on Facebook.

It was Eaton’s third, and most gratifying, trip to perform in Italy.

“The Italian thing was just unbelievable because you see how it should be,” he says. “People are just totally into it. They get it.”

It’s just one of the highlights of a fascinating last few years for the singer-songwriter. After meeting David Crosby, Eaton wound up joining the folk-rocker’s band as a guitarist and backing singer. Eaton co-wrote songs on Crosby’s 2014 album, “Croz.” Crosby even sings on Eaton’s new album.

Yet the majority of life as a working musician isn’t easy. Italy — as personally rewarding as it was — involved tons of work, Eaton says.

He traveled from gig to gig by train, acting as his own manager and road crew. He’s also his own publicist and webmaster.

Eaton is determined to find a record label in America to release and promote “Versions of the Truth” here. To help relieve some of that do-it-yourself stress.

Either way, fans will be able to purchase the new CD at the two Boise shows. Or they can buy it at marcuseaton.bandcamp.com. Another bonus: His father, Steve Eaton, will open at the Boise gigs. Many Boiseans know Steve Eaton as a jazzy pianist, but he’ll sing original songs and play guitar in this setting: “His old original stuff is amazing,” Marcus says.

Amazing is a word often used to describe Marcus Eaton, too — especially his technical proficiency on acoustic guitar. (Unless, of course, you play yourself. Then “sickening” is more apt.)

One thing is obvious: Eaton’s passion to make music and keep moving forward has never been stronger.

“I hope I can find the opportunity to find my audience in the U.S.,” Eaton says. “... It’s been very, very difficult. But the sun’s kind of breaking through the clouds here, I think.”