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Join the Friends of the Bedford Public Library, Inc. on, Saturday, Aug. 14, at 7:30 p.m. as they host Angela Esterling in concert. The concert held in the Bedford Room of Bedford Central Library is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 per person collected at the door. For more information call 540-586-8911 or visit www.friendsofbedfordlibrary.org.
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, seven generations. 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, was released in July ’09, landing in the top 5 for adds to the Americana radio charts and debuting on the Americana top 40 charts in September, where it remained for 7 weeks. 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. She was selected for an official Americana Convention Showcase and also named a 2009 & 2010 Kerrville New Folk Finalist. The Boston Herald named her song “The Picture” “Best Political Country Song” in their 2009 Year’s best music picks and WNCW listeners chose “BlackTop Road” as one of the top CD’s of 2009 as well as one of the top 20 by regional artists. 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 was also recently interviewed by noted NPR journalist Bob Edwards and has received much airplay on Sirius “Outlaw Country”.
Roger McGuinn, founder of the Byrds, called her “a bright shining star on the horizon!” and went on to say, “Her gift is so special. Her CD BlackTop Road brought me back to the time the Byrds recorded “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” - tradition meets youthful exuberance.” Plans are underway for a new album to be recorded in 2010 with her band, The Beguilers (Brandon Turner, Jeff Hook and Brandon Gilliard). For more info on Angela, including bio, tour dates, and audio downloads, please visit www.angelaeasterling.com.
Brandon Turner, a native of the tiny mill hill town of Pacolet, South Carolina, has been garnering attention and praise for his skilled guitar work since he was a teenager. Growing up in a house where his father always had instruments lying around, Brandon got his first electric guitar at age 9 and began absorbing the musical traditions of the Piedmont and Delta Blues, as well as studying the styles of guitar legends such as Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Jeff Beck. By age 11 he was playing in open jams hosted by his instructors, Gene and Wes Wyatt, and could always hold his own with pickers many years his senior. In his later teens, Brandon began playing with SC music treasures such as Fayssoux McLean (Emmylou Harris’ harmony singer) and Freddie Vanderford (Piedmont Blues Harp Master) and continues to appear regularly with both artists. Brandon is currently co-producing Vanderford’s first solo album, having already played both on stage and in studio with artists such as Harris and Ricky Skaggs while working with McLean.