From a press release:
Angela Easterling plays Transylvania Library Amphitheatre, June 20
Angela Easterling & The Beguilers
Friday, June 20, 2014 7:30 PM
Transylvania County Library Amphitheatre
212 S Gaston St, Brevard, NC 28712
Angela Easterling was raised in the South Carolina foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Much of her childhood was spent on the Greer, SC farm that has been in her family since 1791, seven generations. She embraced her heritage in a big way as a writer and an artist on her debut album, “Earning Her Wings”, chosen as “Americana Pick of the Year” by Smart Choice Music.
Her second album, “BlackTop Road,” produced by Will Kimbrough, was released in July 2009, landing in the top 5 for adds to the Americana radio charts and debuting on the Americana top 40 chart in September, where it remained for 7 weeks. It has been highly praised in the press and was chosen as a top pick in both Oxford American and Country Weekly. The title song tells of her family’s struggle to hold onto their farmland in the face of widespread development and represents a bold new step in her singing and songwriting.
She was selected for an official Americana Convention Showcase and also named a 2009 & 2010 Kerrville New Folk Finalist , a 2011 Telluride Troubadour and a 2012 Wildflower Performing Songwriter Finalist. The Boston Herald named her song “The Picture” “Best Political Country Song” in their 2009 Year’s best music. WNCW Listeners chose the album as one of the top CD’s of the year and one of the Top 20 by regional artists.
Angela’s music was featured in commercials (Southwestern Bell) and several of her songs were used in the series “Horsepower” on Animal Planet. She appeared alongside music legend Charlie Louvin on WSM radio’s “Music City Roots Live from the Loveless” show and was invited to appear on the WSM-hosted stage at the 2010 CMA Music Festival/Fan Fair, where her entire set was broadcast live. Angela has appeared on the nationally broadcast public radio program “Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know,” the popular ETV show “Making It Grow” and was also interviewed by noted NPR journalist Bob Edwards. She has received much airplay on Sirius/XM “Outlaw Country” channel and was invited to perform at the Smithsonian Institution’s exhibit New Harmonies: Celebrating American Root’s Music.
Angela constantly tours the east coast, both solo and duo and has appeared with her crowd-pleasing band The Beguilers at numerous town fairs and music festivals throughout the Southeast. She has opened for, among others, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Sarah Jarosz, Robbie Fulks, Mary Gauthier, Elizabeth Cook, Ray Price (at the Birchmere), Suzy Bogguss, Ellis Paul, Radney Foster, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Lori McKenna.
Angela has released 2 albums in the past 3 years: “Beguiler”, produced by Will Kimbrough and recorded with her band plus special guests Byron House (Band of Joy) and Fats Kaplin was released July 19, 2011; it was favorably reviewed in American Songwriter, Maverick, Vintage Guitar, No Depression and more. Her latest album, “Mon secret” (My Secret) was released February 14, 2012. This album is notable as it is her first to be entirely in French, with original songs by Angela and her co-writer, Marianne Bessy. In 2013, Angela released a new single, “Arkansas Murder Ballad”, and welcomed the birth of her first child, Harrison. She is currently getting ready to record her 5th album this summer.
Roger McGuinn, founder of the Byrds, called her “a bright shining star on the horizon!” and went on to say, “Her gift is so special. Her CD BlackTop Road brought me back to the time the Byrds recorded “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” – tradition meets youthful exuberance.” For more info on Angela, including bio, tour dates and more, please visit www.angelaeasterling.com.