Wyatt Easterling | Goodbye, Hello

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Goodbye, Hello

by Wyatt Easterling

The songs here are about endings and beginnings, some about living and some about dying, and in the end finding new love and how that brings out the best in us all.
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1. Why Did It Take so Long?
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2. That's What I Said
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3. If a Tree Falls
3:55 $0.99
4. A Shot in the Dark
4:06 $0.99
5. My Brand New Love
3:34 $0.99
6. Right Before My Eyes
3:42 $0.99
7. That Day Will Come
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8. Teach Me How to Say Goodbye
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9. Help Me Find My Way
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10. A Soldier Comes Home
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11. Somebody Prayed
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Album Notes
Producer, songwriter, singer, and session musician Wyatt Easterling grew up in Chapel Hill, NC, where he recorded his debut album, Both Sides of the Shore, on Moonlight Records (an imprint of Warner Bros.) After the release Easterling moved to Nashville and began striving to make his way in the country music business in whatever way he could. While looking for another record deal, he worked for song publishers. In 1990, he became head of A&R at the Nashville division of Atlantic Records signing John Michael Montgomery, Neal McCoy, Tracy Lawrence and Michael Johnson. The same year, he sang on and contributed the song "This Time I'm Takin' My Time" to Neal McCoy's album At This Moment. Like many Nashville songwriters, Easterling nearly always collaborated on his songs, his co-writers including Liz Barnez, Paul Thorn, Robby Hecht, Seth Alley, Clay Mills, Jessi Colter Jennings, Don Goodman, Mike Graham, Porter Howell, Paul Jefferson, Celeste Krenz, Nelson Larkin, Sonny LeMaire, John Scott Sherrill, Johnny Slate, Sharon Vaughn, Pam Wolfe, Drew Womack, and Easterling's wife, Stacey Slate-Easterling.) In 1991, his song "If the Jukebox Took Teardrops" became a Top 40 country hit for Billy Joe Royal. Easterling served as producer and played acoustic guitar on John Michael Montgomery's 1992 album Life's a Dance, which reached the country Top Five and went triple platinum. Two of Easterling's songs, "Wrap Me in Your Love" and "All Because of a Baby Boy," were featured on Joe Diffie's 1995 album Mr. Christmas, which reached the country Top 40, and within months he also contributed the title track to Diffie's Top 40, gold-selling album Life's So Funny.

Easterling's jobs on the business side of the music business, notably at Bugle Publishing Group and Firstars Management, seem to have occupied him in the late '90s and early 2000s. While at Bugle he signed and produced Paul Thorn and Keith Urban garnering both artist their first major record deals. Eventually, however, he began to return to songwriting. Four of his songs were featured on Hilljack's 2004 album Stand-Up, which he produced, and the same year he placed songs on Pastor Ronald Williams' Natural Thing, Drew Womack's Drew Womack, and Brittany Wells' Loving Every Minute of It. In 2005, he had songs on Derryl Perry's All Just to Get to You and Clear Blue 22's Right Now, but his greatest success for the year was his title song for Dierks Bentley's country chart-topping, million-selling album Modern Day Drifter. That song was featured, along with "Life's So Funny" and some new originals, on his long-awaited second solo album, Where This River Goes, released by High Horse Records on May 4, 2009.

Easterling is currently setting up the release for his new cd Goodbye/Hello on Rising Phoenix Records.



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Len Jaffe

Best album for me in 2013!
Wyatt Easterling's music was introduced to me by way of a mutual friend, Celeste Krenz, when they were putting together a new label in Nashville in 2009. Wyatt's last album, "Where This River Goes", was on that label, and it gave me serious comfort and pause at the time, as I was going through a horrible breakup with someone I expected to be with forever. I never forgot how that album affected me, and immediately wanted more material from this master craftsman. Four years later, Wyatt has released his follow up, "Goodbye, Hello", and like its predecessor, it also touts new beginnings, rediscovering love, and sticking with what works. There isn't one bad track on the set, but some of the standouts for me are the joyful "Why Did It Take So Long", the pensive "A Soldier Comes Home", and the reflective "Teach Me How To Say Goodbye", a song I could not listen to all the way through until the third attempt. Wyatt, a veteran songwriter and producer in the Nashville ranks for years, is now plying his trade exclusively as a singer/songwriter, and based purely on this and the previous album (you need to have both of them, by the way), I think we have a landmark artist here that's about to become a household name. There are very few singer/songwriters I have heard in the last ten years who have gotten my attention the way this guy has, and believe me, I've heard quite a few. If Wyatt comes to where you are, you owe it to yourself to go hear him live. That's one pleasure I hope to have in the not-too-distant future myself.


Highly recommend
I've known Wyatt since our childhood days, and am so proud of his accomplishments. I love the heart and soul you can tell he put into each of the songs on this cd. Take a listen, and buy the cd. You'll be glad you did. Great job Wyatt!