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Live Review of Atlanta Area Friends of Folk Music Show
by Mark Gresham 8-18-2015

Playing the second set of the evening, Angela Easterling made her second appearance in a Fiddler’s Green at Steve’s. Most of Easterling’s selections were drawn from her new album, Common Law Wife, which was released just the day before the concert.

While a recording makes flexible use of desired numbers of musicians, touring on a budget can be a different thing. Easterling performed her songs in duo version with long-time musical colleague and common-law partner Brandon Turner on electric guitar and vocal harmony. Easterling carried the lead vocals, playing acoustic guitar most of the time, picking up mandolin for one song. These duo versions worked well in the space at Steve’s.

Easterling has a bright, clear voice with traditional country inflections, well complemented by Turner’s vocal harmony. Her country-rooted songs are often about personal life experiences, family and that most noble of signature Southern attributes: family connection to the land and hard work over the course of generations. 

The CD’s opening track, “Hammer,” especially speaks to the latter. Easterling and Turner live near Greer, South Carolina, on land that has been in her family for well over 200 years, in a house her grandfather built with his own hands. While a few songs are dark and tragic, those which set forth an underlying optimism are where her songwriting shines best.

- See more at: http://www.artsatl.com/2015/08/review-roots-music-legend-frank-hamilton-performs-folk-music-school-announced/#sthash.Mq94o0Av.dpuf

Playing the second set of the evening, Angela Easterling made her second appearance in a Fiddler’s Green at Steve’s. Most of Easterling’s selections were drawn from her new album, Common Law Wife, which was released just the day before the concert.

While a recording makes flexible use of desired numbers of musicians, touring on a budget can be a different thing. Easterling performed her songs in duo version with long-time musical colleague and common-law partner Brandon Turner on electric guitar and vocal harmony. Easterling carried the lead vocals, playing acoustic guitar most of the time, picking up mandolin for one song. These duo versions worked well in the space at Steve’s.

Easterling has a bright, clear voice with traditional country inflections, well complemented by Turner’s vocal harmony. Her country-rooted songs are often about personal life experiences, family and that most noble of signature Southern attributes: family connection to the land and hard work over the course of generations. 

The CD’s opening track, “Hammer,” especially speaks to the latter. Easterling and Turner live near Greer, South Carolina, on land that has been in her family for well over 200 years, in a house her grandfather built with his own hands. While a few songs are dark and tragic, those which set forth an underlying optimism are where her songwriting shines best.

- See more at: http://www.artsatl.com/2015/08/review-roots-music-legend-frank-hamilton-performs-folk-music-school-announced/#sthash.Mq94o0Av.dpuf

Playing the second set of the evening, Angela Easterling made her second appearance in a Fiddler’s Green at Steve’s. Most of Easterling’s selections were drawn from her new album, Common Law Wife, which was released just the day before the concert.

While a recording makes flexible use of desired numbers of musicians, touring on a budget can be a different thing. Easterling performed her songs in duo version with long-time musical colleague and common-law partner Brandon Turner on electric guitar and vocal harmony. Easterling carried the lead vocals, playing acoustic guitar most of the time, picking up mandolin for one song. These duo versions worked well in the space at Steve’s.

Easterling has a bright, clear voice with traditional country inflections, well complemented by Turner’s vocal harmony. Her country-rooted songs are often about personal life experiences, family and that most noble of signature Southern attributes: family connection to the land and hard work over the course of generations. 

The CD’s opening track, “Hammer,” especially speaks to the latter. Easterling and Turner live near Greer, South Carolina, on land that has been in her family for well over 200 years, in a house her grandfather built with his own hands. While a few songs are dark and tragic, those which set forth an underlying optimism are where her songwriting shines best.

- See more at: http://www.artsatl.com/2015/08/review-roots-music-legend-frank-hamilton-performs-folk-music-school-announced/#sthash.Mq94o0Av.dpuf

Playing the second set of the evening, Angela Easterling made her second appearance in a Fiddler’s Green at Steve’s. Most of Easterling’s selections were drawn from her new album, Common Law Wife, which was released just the day before the concert.

While a recording makes flexible use of desired numbers of musicians, touring on a budget can be a different thing. Easterling performed her songs in duo version with long-time musical colleague and common-law partner Brandon Turner on electric guitar and vocal harmony. Easterling carried the lead vocals, playing acoustic guitar most of the time, picking up mandolin for one song. These duo versions worked well in the space at Steve’s.

Easterling has a bright, clear voice with traditional country inflections, well complemented by Turner’s vocal harmony. Her country-rooted songs are often about personal life experiences, family and that most noble of signature Southern attributes: family connection to the land and hard work over the course of generations. 

The CD’s opening track, “Hammer,” especially speaks to the latter. Easterling and Turner live near Greer, South Carolina, on land that has been in her family for well over 200 years, in a house her grandfather built with his own hands. While a few songs are dark and tragic, those which set forth an underlying optimism are where her songwriting shines best.
http://www.artsatl.com/2015/08/review-roots-music-legend-frank-hamilton-performs-folk-music-school-announced/

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