Angela Easterling debuts new album at Saturday performance at The Showroom


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Although she was raised in the Taylors area and resides in Greenville, Angela Easterling had another place in mind when it came time to schedule the official CD release show for her latest album, “Beguiler.”

Angela Easterling will debut her new album, “Beguiler,” at The Showroom on Saturday.

“It had to be in Spartanburg,” Easterling said.

“People have asked me, ‘Why are you doing your hometown release show in Spartanburg?’ And I tell them, ‘Because I feel more connected there.’ ”

Easterling will celebrate the release of her Americana-fueled album, “Beguiler,” with a full band performance Saturday at The Showroom on Daniel Morgan Avenue. The $10 admission includes a copy of the new CD, which was recorded in Nashville, Tenn., under the direction of acclaimed producer Will Kimbrough.

Since moving back to the Upstate in 2007 after stints in Boston and Los Angeles, Easterling has immersed herself in the Hub City music scene and is widely considered an honorary member of the community.

Some of the best songs from “Beguiler” and her previous effort, “BlackTop Road,” were publicly debuted in Spartanburg at the Sunday Songwriters showcase held weekly at Brickhouse Fresh Pizzeria and Grill (formerly Sonny’s).

“I love Spartanburg and how they support original music and local musicians there,” Easterling said. “You’ll see some of the same people at every single show, and I think that’s a really cool thing.”

Easterling’s backing band, the Beguilers, includes Brandon Turner of Spartanburg on guitar and Jeff Hook on drums.

In the past few years, Easterling has blossomed into a highly respected figure on the Americana circuit, not just locally but nationally.

The immensely talented singer-songwriter is a two-time Kerrville New Folk Finalist and, last month, traveled to Colorado as a Telluride Troubadour Finalist.

“Beguiler,” like her last two albums, 2009’s “BlackTop Road” and 2006’s “Earning Her Wings,” is a blissful mix of traditional country and folk tinged with subtle rock ‘n’ roll and pop influences.

Saturday’s CD release show promises to feature special guest appearances by such artists as Spartanburg-based vocalist Fayssoux McLean, who sang on “Beguiler.”

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