Don Eidman

Don Eidman

 Kannapolis, North Carolina, USA
BandAmericanaAcoustic

I'm a writer who takes on writing as a challange and willing to work.practice and sacrafice . I realize the importance of both suggstions as well as rejection to help me toward my goals. "A good tune makes you tap your foot. But A great tune forces you to Think, Feel & Move"

Biography

As a child Don's start into songwriting was just a few words and humming a tune. It was not until he turned 14 that he discovered that his brother's Gibson was much cooler than his clarinet that he played in school. In those days the young girls seemed to go for the guitar players more than the clarinet guys. Don recalls his first song being inspired by a tragedy (a stray dog injured on a busy street in Baltimore). So from the jump, Don already was into the darker and more edgy side of writing. Don is also quick and proud to admit his liberal beginnings as he recalls his mother marching in the groups while he was in his "blue baby stroller with whitewalls" as his mother marched against the segregation in the local school districts. Since these beginnings, Don has always been a fighter for the less fortunate. He has always tried to share some social content in most of his writings. As a young aspiring artist in Baltimore, Don always believed that he was blessed to not only live in a city that was so rich in talent, but to also have the opportunity to steal licks and pay his dues while observing some of Baltimore finest guitarists. He remembers Wayne Carlisle of the Detrichs, along with guitarist Larry Vogel whom Don, to this day, feels ever so thankful for Larry taking time out of his busy days to sit down and encourage and teach him techniques and some theory. After Don completed his obligation with USAF, he then stayed in Charleston, SC where he was lead guitarist for a short-lived, but successful run with the Rooty Toot Bogie Band. Don still admires the styles and music of what he refers to as the Texas Troubadours, the likes of the great, late Townes Van Zandt, Blaze Foley, Guy Clark, David Olney and, of course, Steve Earle. Don spent two hours with Steve Earle on a trip from Charlotte to the MerleFest, but can string the tale to four hours. Don has had one tune picked up by Joel Lindsay, a three time Dove Award winner, who then turned the tune over to Tom Snell for a two-year single song contract. (Sunset Gallery Music (BMI) "Lord in the Morning, a gospel tune can be found on Don's first CD, Straight from the Glass, which is available through Reverbnation Digital. Don's last CD project "Above The Fire," is a collaborative effort produced and engineered by ex-NYC Punker Leroy Lewis of the band TrainWrecker. Several members of the local music community shared their talents on this project. The CD was recorded at TrainWrecker Studios, Lake Norman, NC and is available through TuneCore Digital.
When asked to comment on his music, he says - "I do hope that my tunes stimulate thought even if you totally disagree with what I have to say. If I can stimulate thought - then these projects have found success and I certainly appreciate the privilege of sharing my tunes with you."

http://www.ourstage.com/
http://blogs.myspace.com/doneidman
http://www.folkalley.com
http://www.reverbnation.com/doneidman
http://iacmusic.com/artist.aspx?id=110445
http://www.americansongspace.com/

Lyrics

Last to fall

Written By: Don Heath Eidman

LAST to Fall

Who will be last to fall?

Does it really mater at all?
And who will remember their name
Brave to answer the call
Name engraved on a marbled wall
Still Wars always end in vain

Will we ever learn?
Before the bodies burn
And another young
Soul moves on
We Fight for freedom and
Fight for God
Stand alone or with our squads
And some never make it back home

Then history will repeat it’s self
As we forget those who fell
It ends then starts
Over Again
Why must some insist?
To resolve problems with sword and fist
A man of PEACE could never comprehend?

Why it does always seems
Those who call for war
Will never lead
AND the battle left for our young and poor,

Say we fight for freedom
And Fight for God
As they feed us lie
With winks and Nods
But still we all charge on

In battle
The brave will fall
With there backs against the wall
As Our leaders tell us were at war

So we gather troops
Arm the bombs
Convinced that there God is wrong
As the blood of innocence
Still pours\

Once again those who decide
Will never hear the battle
So who’s to say?
Which God is right or wrong?

Why is it that those who preach?
Believe that war’s a way to peace
Don’t they ever listen to their own songs?

We got to battle
As we fight between Gods
But don’t ask why
Every warrior is told that Gods on their side
How can they lie?
Lead

After we lose count of the dead an enemy will raise its head
And the battle flag will fly once again
Then those who choose the war
Will send out young and poor
As the blood flows
Will never end

Not Until we realize
THE WAY TO PEACE
Is not losing lives
To ideas of weapons and swords

When will we ever turn?
Before the bodies start burn
And whose God will be last to fall

Don Heath Eidman

Discography

We have completed the new CD more in the flavor of Country, Bluegrass and Americana. This CD was produced and engineered by Leroy Lewis, a singer/songwriter in this area, who re-located to N.C after a successful career as a Punk-Rocker from New York. This CD project is an example of how the fellowship and networking of the local musicians and music supporters can put egos and differences a side and participate to help each other in our projects.. Leroy has put some real Hard-Core work and sweat into this project along with some of the local singer/songwriters. I am really blessed to have such friends as these folks. So this CD will be more lighthearted, and with less social emphasis However I have added two political tunes as a bonus track from Tom Eure's Simple Tunes Studio, if this CD is purchased digitally from Dittomusic.com But again I must mention and I will always be grateful and could never than Thank Leroy Lewis/Train-Wrecker Studio enough for all his support and hard work.

Also like to thank Sam from Salisbury NC for the artwork and patience.

I consider it to be my privilege to have the opportunity to share my tunes with you and hope that if these tunes provoke thought and emotions then I feel I have been a success.

Don has 2 completed CD projects:

STRAIGHT FROM THE GLASS:
This CD has 13 original tunes that was recorder at Simple Tunes studio in Indian Trail NC with the sound engineering by Tom Eure,
Don Eidman: Guitar Vocals and Harmonica
Tom Eure: Bass,Mandolin,Fiddle,Dobro,Banjo keyboards, Electric and Acoustic Guitar,
Marie Powell: Harmony Vocals
Stuart Sullivan: Drums and Percussion
Anthony (Tex Santos) Santoni: Harmonica
Lori Eure &Cary Scope: Harmony Vocals on "Lord in the Morning"
This CD was a dedication to Don's fallen friend Mark (STRAW)Jeffers.

ABOVE THE FIRE:
This CD has 9 original tunes, completed at TrainWrecker studio in Lake Norman NC,Engineered and produced by Leroy Lewis
Don Eidman: Guitar and Vocals
Leroy Lewis: Electric Guitar
Frank Hack: Bass
Hank Hack: Percussion
Mike Aleck: Lead Guitar
Charles(Chas)Willimon: Lead Guitar
Scrod Porter: Keyboards.

* note available by download only/website several tunes completed at JLR studio in Lincolnton NC

Tunes also available:

http://www.ourstage.com/
http://blogs.myspace.com/doneidman
http://www.folkalley.com
http://www.reverbnation.com/doneidman
http://iacmusic.com/artist.aspx?id=110445
http://www.americansongspace.com/