Singer and songwriter Stewart Eastham announced on July 24 the upcoming release of his debut solo album, The Man I Once Was, on September 24, 2013. The album will be released through Long Bar Music. This is his first solo record since fronting the country-rock band, Day of the Outlaw. His debut is expected to “capture some of his most honest and personal lyricism to date.” These moments are significant in his singles, “Idyllwild, CA,” “Crawl Up In Your Bottle,” “It’s Understood,” and “The Lights of Tennessee.”
After battling with a personal and artistic conflict, he decided to make his roots in Nashville and says the album, “It’s my ‘L.A. to Nashville’ album. As the song ‘Born in California’ exemplifies, my life has always been based around a series of dichotomies: city vs. country, intellectualism vs. street smarts, freedom vs. security. With the move to Nashville, that dichotomy became literal, snaking its way through many of my songs as well as determining the album’s title and cover art.”
Eastham joined with producer and former bandmate, Burke Ericson for The Man I Once Was, and the album was recorded in Burke’s self-built studio in Los Angeles with other talented musicians, including bassist Ted Russell Kamp and exceptional pedal steel player, John McClung.
Eastham explores many facets of the Americana genre on his impending release, from the old-school country to southern rock, to the dreamy and multi-layered arrangements of each song. Stewart is a man of prolific and poetic talent who has an honest and sincere capability of telling great stories through words and music.
Eastham was born and raise in the Butte County region of rural Northern California, and grew up on the sounds of classic country, outlaw country and California country. The music of Merle Haggard is continuing inspiration for him. Eastham also has a love for rock n’ roll, along with hip-hop and heavy metal. Stewart has roots in metal, as he started out in a satirical thrash metal band who had been looking for a drummer, and he answered their ad. After graduating college with a degree in Computer Engineering, Eastham decided to attend film school in Los Angeles. While there is when he really developed his skills for storytelling through his acting, directing, and writing in films. His influences during this time were Hank Sr., Jimmie Rodgers, and Lefty Frizzell, then progressing to John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, Mickey Newbury, and Terry Allen.
Stewart played drums for a few years in the Los Angeles band, Minibike, with him eventually becoming the lead singer, and the band morphed into Day of the Outlaw, who released two albums; 2009’s Black Mountain Majesty and 2012’s The Retribution Waltz.
Check out his music video for his award-winning single, “Across The Sea” by clicking play on the video tab located at the top left of this article. It’s a gorgeous single with emotion and sincerity.
Eastham has a tour in the works for The Man I Once Was; stay tuned!
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