Songwriter Showcase featuring Wyatt Easterling, Rebecca Newton, and Joe Newberry
Nightlight (with the help of our good buddy, Joe Newberry) will showcase three North Carolina songwriters who have made names for their work across the U.S. and around the globe. Modeled after the famed “songwriter pulls” at Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, the Nightlight will welcome Wyatt Easterling, Rebecca Newton, and Joe Newberry as they share stories and songs from the road, and their lives.
$20 / doors @ 7:00 / music @ 8:00 / seated show / all ages
details about the performers below:
After many years of working all angles of the music business in such diverse roles as amulti-platinum producer and songwriter, to Chief of A&R for Atlantic Records in Nashville, Tenn., to signing on as a staff writer in Nashville, Wyatt Easterling has had the opportunity to work with some of the finest songwriters and artists from around the world. Artists he has worked with include Sting, Keith Urban, and John Michael Montgomery, to name just a few. He also worked with Miles Copeland, manager of the Police, to establish Bugle Publishing Group. His experiences in so many parts of the music industry have influenced his craft as a songwriter and performer. His intricate guitar work and smooth voice easily draws in the listener into his world of Contemporary Folk and Americana.
A North Carolina singer/songwriter for more than 45 years, Rebecca Newton’s official music career began in 1975 with the bluegrass, country and gospel band, "Mother Country.” In 1982 she and co-writer Keith Guile put together the 8-piece newgrass/swing/r&b band known as "Rebecca & the Hi-Tones," a North Carolina institution since the early 1980s. Rebecca had a brief career writing music for plays and feature music for film and National Public Radio. Since 1987 Rebecca has also performed as half the famous duo 'Pinky Wyoming and Duke LaCrosse', with Jim Watson, founding member of the Red Clay Ramblers. She is currently a member of the folk/americana band “the bennys” and in her spare time, she is the CEO and President of The Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc.
Known around the world for his clawhammer banjo playing, Joe Newberry is also a powerful guitarist, singer and songwriter. The Gibson Brothers’ version of his song “Singing As We Rise,” featuring guest vocalist Ricky Skaggs, won the 2012 IBMA “Gospel Recorded Performance” Award. With Eric Gibson, he shared the 2013 IBMA “Song of the Year” Award for “They Called It Music.” A longtime guest on A Prairie Home Companion, he was a featured singer on the Transatlantic Sessions 2016 tour of the U.K. with fiddler Aly Bain and Dobro master Jerry Douglas, and at the Transatlantic Session's debut at Merlefest in 2017. In addition to performing solo, he plays in a duo with mandolin icon Mike Compton, and also performs with the dynamic fiddler and step-dancer April Verch.