"A multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist with multi-tasking abilities." Illinois Entertainer
"An amazing composer and artist." WWOZ Jazz Radio
"Well done!” Jean-Luc Ponty, Jazz Violinist Pioneer

Eaton's New Single Covers Pat Metheny Group’s “Travels”




Brian Eaton's New Single Covers Pat Metheny Group’s “Travels”

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PORTLAND, OR (7 June 2024)  — Brian Eatons new 2-track single, Travels, features a cover of the title track from the Pat Metheny Group’s Grammy-winning live album Travels as a tribute to the late Lyle Mays. The musician/producer’s new single, which is out now on Eatin’ Records, also includes the track “Detour Ahead,” Eaton’s version of the timeless jazz standard as the B-side track.The two tracks will be included in a new album due later this year.

These ballads, with their melodic lyricism, have a beautiful melancholic quality to them and feature Eaton on electric and acoustic guitars, bass, drums/percussion, and keyboards. Between Sound and Space described the song “Travels” as “a laid-back photograph of Americana that is like a rocking chair on the back porch: lulling, and affording an unobstructed vista.” Written in 1980 by both Metheny and Mays during the mixing period of the As Falls Wichita album in Oslo, Norway, the song evolved significantly, according to Metheny, after getting played nightly.

Although Metheny’s acoustic version of the song on his Trio album is very nice,” Eaton remarks, I always longed for a studio version of the live track. But since Lyle’s passing a few years ago, I knew that would never come to fruition. That’s when I decided to tackle the task myself. So I set out to create a version in the spirit of the ‘80s era PMG with many of the elements of the live recording peppered with a few elements from the acoustic version and, of course, a few of my own. I wanted to stay fairly true to the live recording since it was such a staple of PMG’s live setlists and so beloved by fans. I’m hoping listeners will feel this tribute is like an old familiar friend coming home to enjoy that unobstructed vista from the rocking chair.”

“Detour Ahead,” a gem of the jazz standards idiom, was first recorded by Woody Herman and his Orchestra whom Mays toured with in his early career. Eaton’s meld of delicate slow strings and guitar in his instrumental arrangement produces a deeply warm, mellow, and reflective reverie.

The Portland-based Allegra Drums artist and multi-instrumentalist’s recent jazz release, All The Earth Will Mourn, received praise from jazz greats Jean-Luc Ponty, Paul Wertico (Pat Metheny Group), and Frank Catalano. Eaton, with his alluring tone and distinctive musical approach, has also been featured in Bass Musician Magazine, All About Jazz, World of Jazz, and more.

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Artist info

Brian Eaton is an American multi-instrumentalist, engineer/producer, singer, songwriter/composer, and playlist editor at

Genres: jazz, fusion, prog, rock, alternative, metal, industrial

Instruments: drums, percussion, guitars, bass, keyboards, vocals

Location: Portland, OR | Previous: Chicago & Los Angeles (hometown)

Years active: 1992 - present

Label: Eatin' Records

Publisher: BSE Music (ASCAP)

Associated Acts: North, Sanfilip

Endorsements: Allegra Custom Drums

CONTACT: Alma Dickinson |


From sitting in on drums at an L.A. jazz club at age nine to jamming with Gilby Clarke (former Guns ‘N Roses guitarist) in his older brother’s band at 11, Brian Eaton found the spark in a pair of sticks that ignited his passion at an early age. The Allegra Drums Artist, musician, composer/songwriter, engineer, and producer has gone on to be a multi-genre force in jazz fusion, prog, and rock, who uses the studio as the ultimate instrument to wield his imaginative creativity. Eaton has been featured in Bass Musician Magazine, All About Jazz, World of Jazz, and more, and has received praise from jazz greats Jean-Luc Ponty, Paul Wertico (Pat Metheny Group), and Frank Catalano.

Hailed as a “studio wizard” and “diverse performer,” Eaton continues to captivate his listeners with eclectic, sonic intrigue. The Illinois Entertainer called him, “a multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist with multi-tasking abilities,” and WWOZ jazz radio proclaimed, “Brian Eaton is an amazing composer and artist.”


09.12.22 All About Jazz album review: Electric Fusions: Worldly and Wild

09.03.22 All About Jazz article: Brian Eaton Unveils New Album, ‘All The Earth Will Mourn,’ With Help From A Couple Of His Favorite Artists

08.23.22 Quote: "I really enjoyed listening to Brian’s new album. The ambient element in his music made me feel good right from the beginning of the first track, like an escape from all the stressful events we are living through on planet earth. I also like his choice of sounds and the whole production concept. Well done!" —Jean-Luc Ponty, Jazz Violinist Pioneer

08.04.22 All About Jazz Radio & Podcasts: A Mix Of New And Old

07.17.22 Quote: "All The Earth Will Mourn is a beautiful sounding album that will take its listeners on a wonderful musical ride they’ll be happy they made. The concept, compositions and orchestrations, as well as the playing and recording, are all first-rate. Congratulations Brian and Bravo!!!" —Paul Wertico, 7-Time Grammy Winner (Pat Metheny Group)

06.19.22 Quote: "Brian Eaton is an amazing composer and artist." —Duane Williams, WWOZ Jazz Radio

04.25.22 Quote: "The Known Space Project by Brian Eaton is a great album to wake up to in the morning.. A perfect start to the day. Sparse and evocative, a stand-out in the current instrumental music bouquet." James Kibby, All Jazz Radio

09.18.21 All About Jazz article: Rose City Musician, Brian Eaton, Releases An Unexpected & Eclectic Proggy-Jazz, Bass Centric Project

09.08.21 Quote: "'The Known Space Project,' is beautiful music with a lot of vibe that has been taking me on a journey. Exactly what my soul needed." —Frank Catalano, Artist/Producer/Jazz Clinician

07.26.21 Bass Musician Magazine article: Brian Eaton To Release, The Known Space Project


  • Eaton has been featured in Bass Musician Magazine, All About Jazz, & World of Jazz, and received praise from Jazz greats Jean-Luc Ponty, Paul Wertico, & Frank Catalano
  • All 5 tracks from All The Earth Will Mourn & all 9 tracks from The Known Space Project aired on WWOZ 90.7 FM Jazz Radio
  • Allegra Drums Artist since 2017
  • 'Crazy' rated #1 BEST cover version on SecondHandSongs
  • 45K+ Pandora Radio Spins for his band North
  • Recorded/Produced & Released TD Clark’s (Dee Snider guitarist) debut album on his Eatin' Records label
  • Recorded/Produced 5 tracks of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for Carnivore





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Eaton’s new 2-track single features a cover of the title track from the Pat Metheny Group’s Grammy-winning live album Travels as a tribute to the late Lyle Mays. Staying fairly true to the live recording, Eaton’s studio version is produced in the spirit of the ‘80s-era PMG. Both jazz ballads included in the single have a beautiful melancholic quality with melodic lyricism.

Release/Street Date: JUNE 7, 2024

Add Date: May 10, 2024

Produced & Engineered by Brian Eaton

Brian Eaton: electric & acoustic guitars, bass, keyboards, drums & percussion

Genre: jazz, jazz fusion, jazz rock, contemporary jazz, crossover jazz, Americana

RIYL: Pat Metheny Group, Lyle Mays

Label: Eatin' Records

Formats: Digital (downloads & streaming)

Album Artwork/Design: Brian Eaton

UPC: 795987 092338



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(Lyle Mays / Pat Metheny) Lyle Mays Music BMI & Pat Meth Music BMI

2. Detour Ahead (4:40) USP2W2492302

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