Angela Easterling Plays Tonight at Threadgill’s World Headquarters
Songwriter Angela Easterling grew up in a beautiful place – the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, on a farm that had been in her family since 1791. Granted, she did go away to study at Emerson College in Boston, where she started playing guitar and writing songs, and eventually found herself Los Angeles-bound for other performing opportunties. However, that move to LA was the very thing that reawakened her great love of folk and roots music, the very essence of what she grew up listening to.
The exploration of her musical heritage resulted in her debut album, Earning Her Wings (2007), a collection of songs she wrote while establishing herself as a country and roots music artist on the West Coast. Her second CD, Black Top Road, due for release on July 14, was inspired by a return trip to her hometown – and the road named after her family, where the farm used to be.
“This is a very personal album for me,” says Easterling. “There is so much of my family in it. The themes are family and home, and looking for a home. I think there is also a theme of where the past, present and future intersect and have an effect on each other. Sometimes it seems like the future is trying to destroy the past. But we can’t escape the past; it still haunts us.”
Easterling has a show tonight at Threadgill’s World Headquarters, 301 W. Riverside. Opening the show will be a CD release solo performance by local singer-songwriter Dave Phenicie of Stonehoney. Everything begins at 8 p.m.