Wyatt Easterling review…September 23, 2017….

WYATT EASTERLING

DIVINING ROD

PHOENIX RISING RECORDS  PR-002

STUMBLING TOWARDS THE LIGHT–IT WAS YOU ALL ALONG–AN AMERICAN DREAM–PACING THE CAGE–SCARS–CAME TO BELIEVE–DON’T CRY FOR ME–SOME DAYS–JOSEPHINE’S LAST BREATH–SURE SMELLS LIKE RAIN–STAY IN THE BOAT–SOMEWHERE DOWN THE ROAD

Wyatt Easterling has darn near done it all in the world of music.  He’s headed up the A & R portion of Atlantic Records,  signing artists the likes of Tracy Lawrence and Neal McCoy.  He’s written songs for other artists as well as having been a producer, but he’s always been a folksinger at heart.  That’s the Wyatt Easterling we get on his latest solo offering, “Divining Rod.”  He lends his comfortable,  “fireside-chat” vocal style to twelve cuts that pull you in, especially the more you listen.

His characters are a little bit of Everyman–friends, lovers, schemers, Dreamers, converts and true believers.  The way our lives are shaped by the choices we’ve made is the theme of the opening cut, “Stumbling Towards The Light.”  Similarly, an old flame is given a second chance to burn as our hero finally realizes, “It Was You All Along.”  He gets it when it’s all over, too, with cuts such as “Don’t Cry For Me,” with April Verch on fiddle, and “Sure Smells Like Rain,” with Todd Breck on the harp.

Our favorites were all over Wyatt’s musical palette.  Chris Rosser’s guitar adds a Latin flavor to the Spanish “corrido,” or “hero ballad,” of a Spanish mother and her two little dreamers who try, but, sadly, fail, to cross the border and meet her husband in “the Promised Land,” entitled “An American Dream.”  And, hey–who doesn’t like a good ole “muder ballad?”  This time, it’s the two-timin’ wife about to get what’s coming to her from the scorned “other man,” “Josephine’s Last Breath.”  A friend contemplating suicide calls to mind something ol’ Willie once said–sometimes, it’s nobler to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune than to cash in and check out, so, please, “Stay In The Boat” and “tear up that note!”

Wyatt Easterling  has had a hand in virtually every aspect of the music business, but always answers the call of his inner troubadour Muse.  Like the mythical “Divining Rod” that sought treasures for its owner, listeners will find a veritable trove of excellent stories-in-song with this collection!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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