A singer-songwriter who Vintage Guitar Magazine calls a female version of Steve Earle is performing June 25 at the Fredericksburg downtown library for its "Music on the Steps" program.
Angela Easterling, an Americana/Roots singer-songwriter based in Greenville, S.C., released her fourth album on Valentine's Day called "Mon secret (My Secret)—and it's all in French. No Depression Magazine said the album is “Ear ecstasy." Her second album, "BlackTop Road" was produced by Will Kimbrough and debuted on the Americana Top 40. Kimbrough also produced her last album, "Beguiler."
Easterling was named a 2009 and 2010 Kerrville New Folk Finalist and a 2011 Telluride Troubadour and a 2012 Wildlfower! Performing Songwriter Finalist.
The show begins at 7 p.m.
Here are some recent reviews Easterling has received from other publications:
“This singer-songwriter’s latest, Beguiler ranks as her best effort to date. Some of her original songs have an epic scope while others are tiny, elegantly illuminated vignettes. Her disarmingly non-histrionic soprano heighten’s her performances emotional impact while Brandon Turner’s guitar provides some extra dollops of electric energy to the mix.” —Vintage Guitar
“What’s an honest girl doing singing about all these lies? Telling the truth about them, of course, in a voice that is strong and clear, backed by The Beguilers. Will Kimbrough, who produced the record, has taken this very strong cast of players and found just the right combination of instruments for each song, resulting in the impression that each song is recorded just as it should be, nothing missing and nothing extra.” —No Depression
“Innocence and clarity so fresh as to be dangerous.” —Maverick
“The percussive ode 'Manifest Destiny' is an easy nod to Carrie Rodriguez or Alison Krauss with its bleak, piercing fiddles and Easterling’s spotless vocals – which emulate those of Krauss – as she sings of the inevitability of land theft and development. Easterling takes Beguiler into deep water as she sings about infidelity, morality and urban sprawl, and she won’t write a breakup song without wheedling out the most complex aspects. McGuinn describes Easterling’s sound as “tradition meets youthful exuberance,” but it’s more than just tradition; snappy youth is why Beguiler sparkles. But wizened lyrical depth is what could make it last. “ —American Songwriter
“Angela Easterling is a bright shining star on the country/folk/alt music horizon! Her gift is so special. I loved listening to her CD! Brought me back to the time the Byrds recorded “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” – tradition meets youthful exuberance!"—Roger McGuinn (founder of The Byrds)
“Dynamite honky-tonk singer Angela Easterling brings a tough traditionalist sound to ballads and ravers alike on her fine new CD Black Top Road."—Philadelphia Inquirer