WHEELING - Angela Easterling will present a performance of her own original songs interspersed with selections of classic folk, roots, country and rock tunes, on Tuesday, Nov. 20 during Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library, 52 16th St., Wheeling. The performance begins at noon and is free of charge. Those attending should bring a lunch. Complimentary beverages are provided.
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. 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, landed in the top 5 for adds to the Americana radio charts and debuted on the Americana top 40 chart. 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. Angela's last album "Beguiler", produced by Will Kimbrough and recorded with her band plus special guests Byron House (Band of Joy), Fats Kaplin and more was released July 19, 2011. She was selected for an official Americana Convention Showcase and also named a 2009 & 2010 Kerrville New Folk Finalist, a 2011 Telluride Troubadour and was recently named 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 picks . 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" and was also recently interviewed by noted radio journalist Bob Edwards. She has received much airplay on Sirius/XM "Outlaw Country" channel and was recently invited to perform at the Smithsonian Institution's exhibit New Harmonies: Celebrating American Root's Music.
Angela recently released her fourth album, "Mon secret" (My Secret), in February. This album is her first to be entirely in French, with all original songs written by Angela and her co-writer, Marianne Bessy. No Depression declared Mon secret to be "Ear ecstasy".
Angela constantly tours, both solo and duo and has appeared with her crowd-pleasing band The Beguilers (Brandon Turner, Jeff Hook) 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, Ray Price (at the Birchmere), Suzy Bogguss, Ellis Paul, Radney Foster, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Lori McKenna.