Press Clippings

“Easterling tussles her country ballads as if they were hair, leaving the strands sweetly knotted. Her voice can be a soaring falsetto or a raspy whirl. She’s not your usual country girl and, for her music’s sake, her attitude is very welcome.”
-Otis Taylor, The State (Pick of the Week)

“On “Earning Her Wings”, ANGELA EASTERLING takes a more traditional pop country stance (think Loretta Lynn meets Barbara Mandrell) that is full of fiddles, pedal steel guitar, twang and some heavy emoting. From the fun “Feel Like Drinking” to the somber “Dear Johnny”, Angela invites you to the hoedown. Her voice is airy and fits the style like a sheath. Enjoyable from beginning to end. Angela has her finger (and voice) on the pulse of the style. The final cut is a rollicking cover of “When I Wake Up and Sleep No More”, with more than a hint of gospel handclapping sing-along. Yeah, I liked this one.”
-Robert Barry Francos, Jersey Beat Magazine

“The South Carolina native allows her varied roots to shine through on this excellent release. Conjuring up images of both Saturday night frolic and Sunday morning redemption, Easterling has created an enchanting brand of neo-traditionalist country that mixes hard-edged honky tonk with fetching ballads. Her voice is a gorgeous instrument, capable of extracting nuances from a wide range of country-oriented material.”

Songs like the Carter Family-inspired “River Jordan,” the moving “Long, Gone, True” and the yearning title track evoke the elemental allure of her Appalachian roots. Easterling further taps into her heritage on the old-time gospel sing-along “When I Wake Up To Sleep No More,” a 60-year-old song written by a distant relative. Balancing the album’s mountain sensibility are some terrific honky-tonk numbers that bring to mind such classic performers as Jean Shepard and Rose Maddox. Of note are the steel guitar-driven “Feel Like Drinking,” the rockabilly-flecked “Toy” and the spry “Truck-Driving Man.”

Country fans who like music with deep roots might want to check this one out.”
-Jim McGuinness, Kingsport Times


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