A multiplatinum songwriter, Wyatt Easterling is no stranger to the craft of music, having spent thirty years in Nashville as a producer and publisher. Wyatt first came to Nashville as a folk singer hoping for a record deal but after signing on as a writer with a publishing company, he then built a career in A&R at Atlantic Records. Later he partnered with Miles Copeland to launch Bugle Publishing Group, where he signed a number of talented artists, including Paul Thorn and Keith Urban. After shifts in his professional and personal life, Easterling decided it was time to return to the very thing that drove him to Nashville in the first place—folk music.
Wyatt Easterling is a compelling storyteller, and nowhere is this more apparent than on his latest release, Divining Rod. Divining Rod shot to #5 on the Folk charts the month following its release in 2017 and captures Easterling’s folk roots: carving hope from heartache while spinning tales of return, redemption, and reclamation.
Divining Rod is Wyatt’s third album, preceded by Where this River Goes in 2009 and Goodbye, Hello in 2013. A true troubadour, Easterling carries his stories and guitar with him, having toured extensively through the US, Canada, and Europe Always at home on stage, the audience feels at home in his presence. With his smooth vocals and gritty lyrics, punctuated by intricate guitar work, Wyatt knows his way around a song and how to deliver it. The art of folk is the story of the song. In telling his own stories, Easterling tells those of us all. He is rooted back where it all began, writing toward his next album.
Deemed iconic among acoustic songwriters, Louisa Branscomb has been a pioneer for women performers, songwriters, and as one of the first women to front a band while playing the banjo and writing most of the bands repertoire. Her distinctions include 3 International Bluegrass Awards, Grammy cuts by Alison Krauss and John Denver, 2014 IBMA Song of the Year (Dear Sister, sung by co-writer Claire Lynch) and 1991 SPBGMA Song of the Year, Steel Rails, sung by Alison Krauss. Her some 200 songs recorded by herself and other artists have numerous chart distinctions. Her genre-shaping work recently earned her the coveted high honor of 2017 IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award.
Louisa (mandolin, guitar, vocals) teams up with award winning vocalists and songwriters Jeanette Williams (bass, vocals/guitar vocals) to present a stage experience that is at once powerful, visionary, and down to earth — whether they are serving up a rediscovered vintage tune or a road/tested original. Both claim many nominations for vocalist of the year, an honor which Jeanette has walked away with an impressive 5 times (SPBGMA). Together with Louisa, theirs is a smooth, honest blend with contemporary refinement honed by roots and bluegrass sensibility that leaves audiences entertained and inspired.