Oxford American

Monday, June 15, 2009

“Angela Easterling, we now know, is a quietly plaintive singer who rewards attentive listening. Her Blacktop Road, with its mandolins, dobros, lap steels, peddle steels, fiddles, etc., is out-and-out “alt. country,” a genre no longer in vogue but still kicking. A lot of the songs here sound like they’ve been around for years—that’s a compliment—including the sweetly yearning cover of a certain Wannabe Southern Man’s “Helpless.” Produced by the agile and sensitive Will Kimbrough.” Oxford American