More Praise for BlackTop Road

More Praise for BlackTop Road
“Angela Easterling – Black Top Road – Roots/Rock sweetheart with a folk sense of cultural activism” TwangNation Best CD’s of 2009 (December 18, 2009)

“Borrowing Will Kimbrough from Todd Snider’s band to produce and play on Blacktop Road was a stroke of genius for Angela Easterling. Kimbrough surrounds Easterling’s gutsy vocals with some whip-crackingly smart country power-pop on the title track and offers sympathetic sounds even on the more emotional ballads… A pretty voice and poignant songwriter surrounds herself with A-list players and puts out a great alt-country album.” Kevin Oliver, Free Times Favorite CD’s of 2009 (January 7, 2010)

“Angela Easterling isn’t just one of the finest singer-songwriters in the Upstate, she’s also one of the best in the entire Americana field. “BlackTop Road” features everything from Steve Earle-like angst to Gillian Welch-type introspection.” Dan Armonaitis, Spartanburg Herald (January 14, 2010)

“Easterling’s mix of “gee-whiz” stage presence and solid songwriting and singing was one of the most rewarding, surprising sets of the weekend” Curtis Lynch, Playgrounds Magazine Review of 2009 Americana Music Festival (October 2009)

“Lovely (and theater-trained) vocals, penetrating songs, and a restless heart that always finds its way back home with stories to tell.” –á Rick Cornell, Country Standard Time (July 31, 2009)

“I produced Angela Easterling’s record, but all I had to do is show up for class and play along. -áShe is a powerful, focused artist who has done her homework: -árock n roll, country, bluegrass, literature and French pop.” –Will Kimbrough

“Highly recommended release from one of our favourite artists.” – Smart Choice Music, UK (July 14, 2009)

“If “Earning Her Wings” announced Easterling’s arrival, “BlackTop Road” shows that she’s here to stay. Easterling handles soul-searching topics fearlessly and gracefully, weaving stories that entrance as much by her warm, inviting voice as by her heartfelt lyrics.” – Craig Ostroff, Montgomery News (Jun 25, 2009)

“A heartfelt album of personal experience, adding youth to tradition. An intelligent and Introspective writer.” Larry Kelly, Maverick UK, (January, 2010)

“Angela has just about the prettiest voice to come out of the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. While she claims Emmylou Harris as an influence (and wears it quite well), there’s also a spark of youth in her voice more reminiscent of someone with a rock background, like Jenny Lewis. She can also knock out an Appalachian rocker that sounds like early Steve Earle, such as the title track from her album BlackTopRoad” – Tug Baker, Free Times Columbia (Jun 11, 2009)

“Easterling is a songwriter who makes listeners feel, think and see.The world can be ugly, but somehow her voice can make anything softer, easier to manage. Harsh stories have beauty. ” – Otis Taylor, The State (Columbia, SC) (Jun 11, 2009)

“The songs are thoughtful and well-crafted stories that will resonate with a deep intensity with many listeners on a variety of different levels. Angela Easterling is someone to keep a sharp eye on.” – Bob Gottileb, Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange (Jun 23, 2009)

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