Seven Days Vermont, 4-22-10
A South Carolina-based Americana songstress interweaves original works with the classic tunes that shape her melodies.
On the surface, South Carolina and Vermont have little in common. But listeners will draw unexpected parallels as visiting Americana songbird Angela Easterling digs into ditties of her home state off her second release, BlackTop Road. With lines like “They’re gonna lay down a blacktop road / Don’t you try to complain / You just do what you’re told,” the album’s title track focuses on her family’s 1791 homestead – and their fight to keep the land. Ring familiar? Themes of family, home and the search for identity further add to the universal relevance of Easterling’s sounds. At a family-friendly solo acoustic show in Jericho this week, she’ll also perform the classic folk, rock and country songs that influence her, and chat about the craft of songwriting. Write on.
Free Times Columbia SC, May 7, 2010:
Greer native Angela Easterling might not be the household name that last weekend’s trio of country music superstars who played Columbia are, but she’s got more genuine country music in her than all three of them put together. Her 2009 disc Blacktop Road, produced by Will Kimbrough (who’s worked with Todd Snider and Jimmy Buffett), is a whip-smart collection of rootsy pop and country folk that earned her a showcase gig at the most recent Americana Music Association conference.
The State, Columbia, SC, May 7, 2010, Picks of the Week:
Angela Easterling and The Beguilers at Rhythm on the River. Angela Easterling, a wonderfully charming singer, now has a backing band appropriately named The Beguilers. We’re used to hearing Easterling, a Kerrville New Folk Finalist for the second year in a row, perform solo around here. This show should only add allure to her music. Otis Taylor