Arkansas Murder Ballad, New Single, Out Today!
It's my birthday and I wanted to do something special by sharing a little new music with you. As you may know, I am expecting my first baby, due in the next couple of weeks, and while I'm taking a little time off for maternity, I wanted to leave you with a little sample of what I've been working on.
Today, I am releasing a new single, "Arkansas Murder Ballad", recorded a couple weeks back by Matthew Knights at County Line Studio in Chesnee, SC and produceed by Brandon Turner. You can stream it for free and download it for 99 cents on Bandcamp: http://angelaeasterling.bandcamp.com/track/arkansas-murder-ballad
You can also listen on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1ojGFSoM-U
And Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/angelaeasterling/song/16248897-arkansas-murder-ballad
I will be working on getting it up on a few other sites soon. Please feel free to share and repost!!
Even though my song was only released this morning, It already got a great write up by Dan Armonaitis: http://soundobservations.blogs.goupstate.com/11054/
"Unsurprisingly, given its title, “Arkansas Murder Ballad,” is a hauntingly melodic song filled with stark lyrics that might be the best Easterling has ever composed.
"It’s hard not to get goose bumps while listening to the chorus, in which she achingly cries, “Pay heed, that old north wind is howlin’ low/And she seems to say, ‘hey girl, where you gonna go?’”
"Thematically and sonically, Easterling’s new song is like a cross between such traditional 19th century murder ballads as “Omie Wise” and “Poor Ellen Smith” and more contemporary folk-rock material such as Neil Young’s “Down by the River.”
Hope you enjoy the song & have a great day!
Happy New Year 2013!
Lots of exciting things to come this year as we await the birth of our first child in March. I will be taking some time off from performing & touring, but stay tuned because I am working on some new songs and will be posting some new tunes online for you to check out. I hope to have a new album ready to record late this year.
It's the New Year, but the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting still need our help. You can help out by downloading this compilation CD, with 20 songs all chosen for reflection on this event. I'm honored to have my song "Field of Sorrow" included. I and every other artist involved in thsi project have donated our songs. 100% of money raised goes to the Danbury, CT Hospital, for providing 24 hr. care and counseling to the family members affected by this tragedy. So far, over $2000 has been raised from our music!! Please check it out and pass it on! http://songsforsandyhook.bandcamp.com/album/songs-for-sandy-hook-volume-1
Brandon and I had a couple of fun TV appearances late in 2012. If you missed them, you can still check them out online. We especially enjoyed getting to play on the popular ETV show, "Making It Grow".
You can stream it live here: http://www.scetv.org/index.php/making_it_grow/ Click on the "Dec. 11' show.
You can also check out our appearance on the CW's "Carolina Now": http://www.carolinanow.tv/video/entry/music-lounge-angela-easterling-and-brandon-turner-perform
My Last Tour for a little while - BIG NEWS!
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 November 2012 17:44 )
Hi Everyone! I'm looking forward to heading up to Ohio, Michigan & West Virginia next week for a few shows. I'm really excited to get to tour to this area of the country for the first time. This will be my last big tour for a while as I have some major changes coming up in my life!
I found out over the summer that Brandon Turner & I are expecting our first child, a boy, due in early March. I am so excited and looking forward to being a mom. I plan to keep playing for as long as I can until the baby is born and to pick up playing again as soon as I can thereafter. But I haven't done this before, so I have no idea what it is going to be like. It will naturally mean that I have to take a little time off the road and play my shows closer to home for a while. But I hope that I can get back to touring soon, maybe by next summer. I will continue to play regional (SC, NC, TN, GA) shows, but may have to put that farther-away-stuff off for the next several months.
My pregnancy has been complication-free, although the first couple of months were difficult, as I was sick and nauseous and exhausted pretty much 24-7 for all of July and August and early September. The constant touring I had during those months was a trial, but I am proud to say that I played every show, no matter how sick I was. Since then, I have felt energized and great. The baby's health is good also and I am very thankful for this blessing.
Up until now, writing and playing music has been the number one priority in my life. I love music and I love playing shows. I love the towns I get to travel to and the great folks I get to meet along the way. I don't want to have to give that up and I don't plan to. It will be a changing and growing and shifting time as I learn how to put all the pieces in place. I hope all my friends and fans out there won't forget about me as I am taking a little time off to do this. I still want to create more music and have so much more to share with you. See you 'round the bend.
Fairview Park Library
Fairview Park, OH
Tue Nov 13 12
Old Worthington Library
Wed Nov 14 12
Beachwood Branch Library
Thu Nov 15 12
Delaware County District Library
Fri Nov 16 12
Trinity House Theatre
Sat Nov 17 12
Lorain Main Library
Sun Nov 18 12
Lunch With Books @ Ohio County Public Library
Tue Nov 20 12
Hi Everyone! Fall is in the air! I am so happy as I had a long, busy summer. Fun highlights were trips to Texas for Wildflower! Festival, a great tour to California and many appearances up and down the East Coast, from Connecticut to Georgia and back. And back again! Unfortunately, I was sick a lot this summer so while I enjoyed all the shows, it was somewhat of a tough time as well. The good news is, I am feeling much better now and gearing up for a busy fall that includes my first tour stops in Ohio and Michigan! Check back on my calendar page as I am getting more dates added daily and hope to have all the tour dates posted soon. The Ohio/Michigan tour will be my last BIG tour for a while, as I will be taking some time off the road to work on some new music as well as other things. I will have big news to post in regards to that very shortly. Stay tuned and thanks for coming out to my shows this summer. Hope to see you soon! XO, Angela
Wildflower! News & Country Fried Rock
Last Updated ( Friday, 13 April 2012 23:23 )
Hi everyone! I got some great news last week that I was named a Top 10 Finalist in the prestigious Wildflower! Festival Performing Songwriter Contest
and will get to perform at the festival in TX this May.
The first week of April I was the featured artist on the international radio show Country Fried Rock. You can stream this great interview plus selections of my music and the artists that have inspired me. Here is the link: http://countryfriedrock.org/1214-angela-easterling/
Outtakes from this interview discussing my mistakes in French, love of baseball and more are posted here: http://soundcloud.com/countryfriedrock/sets/country-fried-rock-episode-1
Check out this video of Brandon & me playing a new song, "Winter's Lie", that I wrote a couple of weeks ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7ouFpiFK9w0
I also recently did an interview with the Peverett Phile. Read that interview here.
Welcome to BandCamp!
I am always trying to find new and better ways of getting my music to people and I recently discovered BandCamp. It is a great site where I can post all my songs from every CD. I have worked on getting my page ready for the last couple of days and am excited to announce it is now live! http://angelaeasterling.bandcamp.com/ This is a fantastic site that gives me the chance to sell my music, both in Physical CD's and downloads, to fans all over the world, and to offer any special discounts and promotions that I choose. You can order CD's directly from me and get them autographed, if you like. Many packages come with bonus material, such as a high-res signature poster and lyric sheets. I'm going to be offering special deals from time to time for my fans via my bandcamp page. Even better, when you buy a copy of the CD, you also get an immediate free download of that album! So you can go ahead and start listening to it and already have it on your computer/ipod while you are waiting for the physical CD to come in the mail.
I am offering 2 really great specials for March. The first is with my CD Beguiler. The 1st 20 folks to buy a copy of the Beguiler CD will get a FREE copy of your choice of any of my other 3 CD's. This offer is limited to 20, so act soon. Get the free CD for yourself or as a gift. You will also get a free immediate download of the Beguiler album to your computer! So for the price of one CD ($14) You get 2 CD's plus one download album! You will let me know at checkout which CD you would like to get for free. To take advantage of this offer, click here: http://angelaeasterling.bandcamp.com/album/beguiler
The other special I'm offering for the month of March is a $5 download for my new CD Mon secret! Download the whole CD for just $5! You can pay more if you want to donate a buck or 2 my way, but that is up to you, all I'm asking is $5! To purchase this deal, go here: http://angelaeasterling.bandcamp.com/album/mon-secret
These 2 offers are available to both U.S. and international customers!
Check out the new song Bien aime
Review for Mon secret in Audiophile
Review for Mon secret from France
"Angela doesn't sing in French just to sing in French, she sings in French as one should do it, with the heart."
Article in Spartanburg Herald-Journal
Great reviews on Mon secret Amazon page
See you soon! :)
P.S. One more great deal for U.S. folks: I just noticed Amazon has Mon secret back on sale for just $9.77! Another great way to get a copy.
This Valentine's Day...My Secret
Valentine's Day has always been a special day to me. Maybe kind of because my birthday is the day after Valentine's, I have felt a special affinity with a day to celebrate LOVE. I always thought it would be neat to release an album for Valentine's Day. I know lots of artists do Holiday CD's at Christmastime, and that's great, but I thought it would be nice to do an album of Love songs to get folks in the mood for Valentine's.
Sometime around October of last year, I was looking at a 2012 calendar and noticed that February 14 would fall on a Tuesday. Since Tuesday is the standard release day for albums here in the U.S., I realized that this might be my only chance in several years to actually release an album ON Valentine's Day. Fortunately, I already had just the project in mind.
Back in 2009, my friend Marianne Bessy and I started collaborating on writing a handful of songs in French. Not only is Marianne a talented writer, she is also a native of France and an assistant professor of French at Furman University, here in Greenville, SC. She was the perfect person to embark on this project with me. I know many of you are probably wondering "WHY" I would want to record in French. The answer is: I love the French language; I think it is so beautiful. The words flow into one another with a musicality that begs to be sung. I wanted to make this album to celebrate the beauty of that. Singing in another language is such a pleasure. It’s like a different flavor. Imagine if all you ever ate was spaghetti, wouldn’t you want some tacos or sushi or a steak sometime? To me, language is like that. I think that here in America, we sometimes deny ourselves the joy of experiencing other languages. For me, trying to communicate my ideas in French seemed to open up a whole other part of my brain. It made me think of different ways I could have expressed myself in English. I think and I hope it will make me a better writer overall, in the long run. And I also felt that the combination of Southern-Americana style music with the lovely French language would be an interesting and unexpected idea.
But it was already late in the year and we had to scramble to make my release date goal. With Marianne's help. I practiced the songs every day before heading into the studio, to try to get the pronunciation right. I had lots of aid from some great folks who worked very hard with me on this project to get it done on time, especially Brandon Turner and Matthew Knights Williams here in SC, David Henry in Nashville and Eva Crawford, who turned out a beautiful package design, practically overnight.
And we did it! I am so very proud of this project as it represents something I would have never thought I would be able to do. A whole album of original love songs, all in French, titled "Mon secret" (My Secret). And the "Secret" is that I really am a sentimental and romantic person, although I try to keep that part of myself hidden because I feel sheepish about it. Singing in French gives me an opportunity to share things about myself that I would probably be embarrassed to say in a language my parents could understand! ;) This is probably my most personal and intimate album, overall.
"Mon secret" is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com and will be up on CDBaby shortly. If you order now on Amazon, you will get the CD shipped in advance so you will receive it in time for Valentine's Day! I hope it will make a great Valentine for you or gift for your Valentine.
And so you won't be in the dark about the lyrics, I also have English translations of all the songs posted and available for free download on the homepage of my website
Here is the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Mon-secret-Angela-Easterling/dp/B006ZCGWMM
I also have two of the songs posted online on Youtube. Click on the links to check them out!
"Mon secret" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1lKu5i8Jjc
"La mer" (The Sea) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nY01_xsQwI
Don't forget to reserve your FREE tickets to our full band CD Release show at the Mauldin Cultural Center, February 17!
I hope you will enjoy this new CD and that you will have a wonderful Valentine's Day! That would be the best birthday present for me.
New CD in Progress!
Last Updated ( Sunday, 11 December 2011 23:59 )
I hope you are all well on your way to a wonderful Holiday Season! I am about to wrap up production on my brand new CD! and really excited about it. I am recording some of it in Nashville and some here in SC. To raise money for the project I am offering some great Holiday gifts! Every donation really helps and is greatly needed and appreciated.
ANGELS (or Angelas?)
I am selling beautiful Angel ornaments, lovingly made by hand by my stepmother, Susan Easterling, out of scraps from my stage dresses and pieces of vintage quilts, plus antique lace, crochet and buttons. Each one is a one-of-a-kind! Suggested donation amounts begin at $25 and are on each Angel. Sold Angels are marked as such. I accept donations via credit card on www.paypal.com to
. Each one comes with a signed photo of me in the dress the Angel was made from! :) Please contact me if you would like one!
To view the Angels click HERE
Holiday Card/CD Package:
I am offering a very special Holiday package for my new CD Beguiler! When you donate to my project, I will send you a copy of Beguiler, along with a special photo Holiday card. You can order it for yourself or as a gift for a friend! The more copies you order, the better deal you get:
(Please note that this is an ACTUAL copy of the CD and not the download cards like I sold last year.)
Donate $15: One CD/Photo card Package
Donate $25: Two CDs/Photo Card Packages
Donate $50: Five CDs/Photo Card Packages
To view the cards, click HERE
They are both 4"x8" in size. Please tell me which one you like (if you have a preference).
I accept donations via credit card on www.paypal.com to
. Make sure to tell me the address where you would like your CD Package shipped. Please email me if you have any questions about it or would like to send a check instead.
Thank you so much for your amazing support of me and my music. You make it possible for me to do what I love!!
New Booking Representation!
Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 September 2011 20:01 )
ANGELA EASTERLING SIGNS WITH JARED INGERSOL MUSIC MANAGEMENT!
Greenville, SC based singer/songwriter Angela Easterling has signed with Jared Ingersol Music Management for booking representation in the United States.
Jared Ingersol represents an outstanding roster of some of the finest artists in folk and Americana music, in booking, management, and promotional capacities. His roster is comprised of award-winning storytellers and musicians that connect with, entertain, and inspire their audiences, and Ingersol is dedicated to helping spread their music and developing their careers with professionalism, enthusiasm and integrity.
Angela Easterling’s songwriting has made her a two-time Kerrville New Folk Finalist and a 2011 Telluride Troubadour Finalist, and has roped in critical lauding from Oxford American, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Boston Herald, a prolific interview with NPR's Bob Edwards, and heavy airplay on Sirius XM's Outlaw Country. Her new CD, Beguiler, is making waves at Americana radio.
Beguiler is Easterling's first album featuring her band, The Beguilers (Brandon Turner and Jeff Hook). It was produced by lauded singer-songwriter Will Kimbrough, currently serving as Emmylou Harris’ lead guitarist and known for his work with folks like Rodney Crowell, Todd Snider and Jimmy Buffett. Also helping out in the studio are bassist Byron House, from Robert Plant’s Band of Joy and noted multi-instrumentalist Fats Kaplin.
Roger McGuinn, founder of legendary folk rock group The Byrds, has called her "a bright shining star on the horizon," going on to say "Her gift is so special….brought me back to the time the Byrds recorded Sweetheart of the Rodeo - tradition meets youthful exuberance."
They are currently working together to plan dates, primarily for 2012 and beyond, in the United States. Dates will be announced on Angela's website ( www.angelaeasterling.com
) as they are confirmed.
Ingersol can be reached at
Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 September 2011 19:08 )
Whew, what a summer! The release of Beguiler brought my most jam-packed, relentless touring schedule yet! I am just now getting around to updating my website. Please visit my PRESS
section to check out all the great reviews and press quotes I've been picking up. More great news: Beguiler has landed on the Alt Root 66 chart for radio airplay as well as getting picked up by SiriusXM Outlaw Country channel. Stay tuned for more!
If you don't have your copy of Beguiler yet, you can pick it up at itunes, CDBaby or my fave, Amazon
(where it is currently on sale for the GREAT price of just $9.86)! Every single CD sale helps me keep going in this indie music world and I so appreciate your support.
To all the folks who came out to shows this summer, thank you so much and I can't wait to see you again very soon!
On to Autumn!
A highlight of our summer tour: a visit to Fenway Park!
With The Beguilers at a CD Release show
In Johnstown, PA (site of the Flood that inspired my song!)
Even though I get to play live on WNCW, I am still a dork! :)