Fayssoux McClean and Angela Easterling with Brandon Turner
Angela Easterling was raised in the South Carolina foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She lives on the Greer, SC farm that has been in her family since 179 1, 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, landed in the top 5 for adds to the Americana radio charts and remained on the Americana top 40 airplay chart 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. 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." For more info on Angela, including bio, tour dates and more, please visit www.angelaeasterling.com
Fayssoux McClean's beguiling voice was an integral element in some of the finest country music recordings of our time on Emmylou Harris' legendary "Luxury Liner, " "Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town," "Elite Hotel," and "Pieces of the Sky," and duets with Emmylou on "Spanish is a Loving Tongue" and Green Rolling Hills."
Fayssoux sings her own compositions as well as traditional folk songs, old-time gospel, contemporary country-rock and love ballads. "Charm, elegance, whippoorwills and Magnolia dewdrops: these are the things that come to mind when I hear Fayssoux sing," says Rodney Crowell, who first sang with Emmylou Harris in Fayssoux's living room.
Fayssoux's singing has drawn the admiration of collaborators like Crowell, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton and Buddy Miller. For decades , that singing was a secret known only to esteemed musicians and astute liner note readers.
"I've always loved Fayssoux's voice. She's one of my favorite singers," says Emmylou.
A native of the small town of Pacolet, South Carolina, Brandon Turner 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 teen s, Brandon began playing with SC music treasures such as Fayssoux McLean (Emmylou Harris's harmony singer) and Freddie Vanderford (Piedmont Blues Harp Master) and continues to appear regularly with both artists. Brandon recently co-produced Vanderford's first solo album, "Greasy Greens".
Peter Cooper, music writer for the Nashville Tennessean said, "Brandon Turner plays guitar with ease, tone and invention, whether trading bluegrass licks with Ricky Skaggs, dueling on searing electric guitar with Will Kimbrough or creating plaintive acoustic parts for songs featuring Emmylou Harris, Fayssoux McLean or Angela Easterling. Hailing from a region that has given us country-jazz master Hank Garland, blues great Pink Anderson and country-rock kingpin Toy Caldwell, Turner synthesizes his native influences into something unique, fresh and pleasing.
Friday, June 27 2014
8:00pm (doors at 7:30pm)
Conundrum Music Hall (View)
626 Meeting Street
West Columbia, SC 29169
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|