Four-time Kerrville New Folk Finalist Angela Easterling comes to MCC on Saturday August 3 at 7PM.
We weren't familiar with Angela's music when she first contacted us in July, 2016, about doing a show at MCC. We listened to her music a little online and liked what we heard, so we agreed to stay in touch. But, it wasn't until last summer that we finally had a chance to see her live, performing in Cecil County with her partner - and lead guitarist - Brandon Turner; we were pretty impressed with Angela's songwriting and beautiful voice, along with Brandon's guitar chops, so we offered to host a show for them.
Angela and Brandon are not quite country, not quite folk, but all together unique and engaging. Angela, Brandon, and their two young sons live on the South Carolina farm that has been in her family since 1791.
In addition to her Kerville recognition, Angela is a Telluride Troubadour and a two-time Wildflower Performing Songwriter Finalist. The Boston Herald named her song “The Picture” “Best Political Country Song” in their Year’s best music.
Angela has released five solo records; her most recent release, 2015’s Common Law Wife, went all the way to number 1 on the Roots Music Report Americana Country Airplay Chart, and remained in the top 5 on that chart for nearly 2 months, closing the year out as #12 on the top 100 albums, and earning much praise in the press. Roger McGuinn, of the Byrds, called her “a bright shining star on the horizon!” and went on to say, “Her CD brought me back to the time the Byrds recorded “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” – tradition meets youthful exuberance.”
We're excited to welcome Angela & Brandon to MCC for their first appearance.
When we first hosted Jaimee Harris at MCC in January, 2018, her first record still wasn't released, and she had only appeared in a few shows on the east coast. Our email invitation included the line "While Jaimee has been performing around Texas since she was in high school, she's just starting to become known more broadly". But we knew when we first saw her perform in Austin that she was a special talent.
How things change. Since January 2018, Jaimee's record Red Rescue has won critical acclaim, she was recognized by Austin's Black Fret Society, and she has performed across North America and Europe pretty much non-stop. Jaimee is now splitting her time touring solo and with her band, and touring with Mary Gauthier. Along the way, she has shared the stage with Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Eliza Gilkyson, Gretchen Peters and others, at iconic venues including the Ryman and the Troubadour. And, somehow, she found time to show up here in March with Mary Gauthier for a private concert at MCC.
Eliza Gilkyson, who we hosted at MCC a few weeks ago, says of Jaimee, “There’s so much passion in Jaimee’s voice that you just want to climb inside it and hang out there forever. She is unafraid to channel the dark side of her own being... the woundedness is there, as well as the strength required to overcome it and redeem us all. That’s what good music can do.”
We are so happy for Jaimee and all that she's accomplished.
We're excited to welcome Jaimee back to MCC for her second (third?) appearance.