Now Playing: Wyatt Easterling’s ‘From Where I Stand’ 

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Easterling
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Wyatt Easterling has just released a new album. It’s titled From Where I Stand.  But first, for those of you not yet familiar with the artist in question, a bit o’ background.

Wyatt Easterling

Easterling
Wyatt Easterling / Image courtesy of Broken Jukebox Media

Easterling is North Carolina’s own seasoned singer-songwriter and musician. According to his official website, he has been in the music business for over three decades. He has been a songwriter, a publishing executive, a recording artist, and a performer. 

His rockin’ resume includes four previous platters including his premiere platter Both Sides Of The Shore which dropped in 1981.  He has performed live in numerous places and appeared consecutively as a finalist in the well-known Kerrville New Folk contest. He has written such successful songs as “Modern Day Drifter” (Dierks Bentley), “Life’s So Funny” (Joe Diffie), and “This Time I’m Taking My Time” (Neal McCoy).   

Signature Sound

Easterling’s signature sound is a mix of multiple music genres including Americana, country, folk, and pop. 

From Where I Stand 

From Where I Stand is a 10-track album. According to a recent communique, it “was started in 2019 and finished throughout the pandemic.” The work is, however, “not just another ‘Covid album’.”

Easterling noted: “The unexpected arrival of Covid 19 struck the world dumb…and stopped us all in our tracks. If it weren’t for all the suffering and loss of life, I would consider this time a godsend that enabled me to experiment with different approaches for these songs.”  

The songs are all original and written or co-written by Easterling. Here Easterling leads the way on acoustic guitar, classical guitar, and vocals. He is backed by an assortment of other artists including producer Thomas Anderson (electric guitar, acoustic rhythm guitar, baritone guitar, piano, clavinet, congas, and background vocals), Jimmy Carter (bass), Doug Carter (NCB-300), Scotty Saunders (steel guitar), Eliot Wadopian (upright bass), Rivers Guerguerian (jimbe, snare, and percussion), Danny Gotham (mandolin), Chris Rosser (piano), David Henry (cello, viola, and violin), Joe Newberry (banjo), Allie Lutz (flute), Mike Rosado and Paul Scholten (drums), and Lisa Brokop, Abigail Dowd, Paul Jefferson, Jess Klein, and Kara Grainger (Background vocals).

Track by Track

The album opens with “From Where I Stand.” It is the deserving title track and first single. Co-written by Easterling and Thomas Anderson, it is the first example of how well both artist and producer work to present a finished piece. In a recent missive, this song is about how people should “appreciate the small but important aspects of life.”  

Easterling also added: “I believe if you take away someone’s right to free speech then you’ve robbed them of everything. This song was written during the summer of 2019 when we were being told to shut the f*ck up and toe the line.”  

The second selection is “I Know Who You Are.” For new listeners, it is the first example of what Easterling can do as a solo songwriter. More importantly, it is a song dedicated to someone special.  It works quite well too.  

The next number is “This Old House.” This one is also written by Wyatt Easterling. This is a reflective, personal piece about the past and the future and how it impacts us on a personal level.  

“Love Says It Best” is also an Easterling composition. Easterling noted the song was “dedicated to my friend Chuck McDowell, a teacher by example.” It is deceptively simple in terms of musical presentation and tunefully touches upon an old but still relevant moral tenet.   

“So Have I” is the result of effective collaboration between Jonathan Richardson, Logan Aggles, and Easterling. It almost has an early Seals and Crofts quality to it.     

The sixth selection is “That’s How She Moves Through This World.” It was co-written by Eric Bannan and Easterling. If you listen carefully you might even detect the slightest trace of a flamenco feel to it. 

The seventh songful serving is “Where This River Goes.”  The song focuses on personal loss, but with hope for growth. It’s a new take on an older song and a fan fave focused on the uncertainty and spontaneity of life and was co-composed by Celeste Krenz, Rebecca Folsom, Liz Barnez, and Easterling.  

“Bigger Than Dallas” follows. This is another tuneful team-up; this time between Paul Jefferson, Porter Howell, and Easterling. This song is about a failed relationship and ultimately persevering. It undoubtedly works well in Dallas and even south of the border. 

Also included here is “Throw Caution To The Wind.” Anderson aided Easterling in fleshing out this one. The industry-experienced artists work well together.  

The closing cut is “Traveling Light.” It is another example of what Easterling can do working with Bannan and, more importantly, an apt album endnote. Easterling’s signature sound has remained solid to the end.   

Overall… 

Overall, the songs here are generally personal reflections on subjects that are familiar to us all. The actual melodies are also comfortable and yet sometimes unexpected, adding another interesting and oft’times intimate facet to his work. Easterling’s musical messages remain clear and effective throughout the disc.  

His industry experience is evident in terms of his songwriting, collaborations, and even production. As noted in a recent email, this record is essentially Easterling’s way of letting listeners travel with him “on an emotional and glaringly human experience.” So “Throw Caution To The Wind” and check out Wyatt Easterling’s From Where I Stand  because it could just be “Bigger Than Dallas.”