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"Dallas Observer - CD Review"

What's impressive about Eastwood's sophomore release is the band's total lack of interest in following any alt-country trend whatsoever. Not comfortable playing some punk/country hybrid (a la genre godfathers Uncle Tupelo) nor going hard-core Americana like so many folks who are content picking and grinning their way to marketplace irrelevance, David Heidle, Kevin Minihan and the rest of this punchy quintet fall contentedly into an agreeable middle ground.

That's not to say Eastwood's music lacks bite. Songs such as "Giving Up, Giving In," "I Can Only Remember the Good Times" and a tasty hayseed overhaul of "Come Together" show a band well-suited for mainstream country success—not the slick Nashville stylings of the über-patriot mullet brigade, but the more genuine Bakersville sound of Buck Owens and Dwight Yoakam.

Certainly, more closely associated with The Eagles than Gram Parsons, Eastwood is a band that understands, and seemingly relishes, its limitations.

Detailing the standard tales of lost loves and missed opportunities, Everything's Personal is exactly that, a dozen well-played cuts that resonate with the honest grace of a guy telling you his problems at the nearest watering hole. Eastwood may not be groundbreaking, but it's nice to hear a band content plying its craft in such well-traveled, yet still-vital, waters. - Dallas Observer


"Twangville - CD Review"

I have made no secret about being a proud Texan, and to be even more specific, a proud Dallasite. What is also anything but a secret is the sizable amount of emerging and quality Folk, Country (”Alt” or otherwise) and even Bluegrass acts that are coming from the D/FW area and it’s neighbor to the north, Denton. Acts such as Sarah Jaffe, The O’s, Blackbird Harmony, 1100 Springs and Doug Burr are prime examples of the excellence that has become rather standard to the area. Dallas’ own Eastwood are also a great example of the great roots tradition in North Texas as evidenced with the release of their new LP, Everything’s Personal.

Much of the disc revolves around the Cali-Country style harmonies of Kevin Minihan and David Heidle. The harmonies are not where the similarities to the solid gold 70’s vibe ends however. Gently emotive cries from the steel in “Right Place Wrong Time” and the harmonizing on “Giving Up, Giving In” lend themselves beautifully to remembrances of Buffalo Springfield and the Meisner-era Eagles. There is a good dose of variety in the collection as well. The amps and the rhythm get cranked up a notch in “Big Blue Sky”. When the song opens with the lyrics “Destination nowhere” followed by pedal steel and distorted guitars, you can visualize an updated Peckinpah Western rolling its intro. The disc closes out with a southern-fried “Come Together”. I am never totally sure it’s well-advised to cover a Beatles song, but at least they make it their own, and fittingly, the upbeat tempo that the Eastwood boys infuse the tune with reminds me of the Eagles hit “Life in the Fast lane”.

Next time you are in Texas for SXSW, ACl or Fun, Fun, Fun Fest, make a little time to stop in Dallas to catch a show. Austin may have to bring all the talent in (joking), but in Dallas, we can just go down the street to the nearest club to catch a prime set. - Twangville


"Bonafide Darling - CD Review"

So, I've been diggin' the hell out of the new Eastwood album, Everythings Personal. It's an album that combines the many elements of the band. Their sound can't really be described very easily, a little rock, a little country and little pit of pop sensibility and a dash of that sweet Bluegrass sound. Songs like "Givin' Up, Givin' In" has the countryfied-pop sound that is very reminiscent of The Eagles.


Their sound is approachable and very easy to get hooked into. The stand out track on Everythings Personal is "Right Place, Wrong Time." It's a situation a lot of couples find themselves in with the person they are in a relationship with. 'I love you, I really do. But, I really hate putting up with your shit. We've had this talk 100 times, remember?' If you have any questions about the tone of this song, just listen to that sweet, sweet steal guitar and you'll know this song was meant for lookin' back. Or forward, just depends on which side of the relationship your on.


Another stand out track is "They'll Never Take Me Alive," a nice little rocked up tracked about breakin' out of the hooskow and, well, they ain't gonna take him back alive. And, then there's "Natalie"--the I'm sorry for cheatin' on you song that is actually sweet and makes you want to forgive the guy for doin' 'er wrong.


Yep, Eastwood carries on the strong Dallas tradition in the Americana, Alt-Country and Roots-Rock that sounds just a great in the car as it does on stage. Whether they make music a full-time career or just for shits and giggles Eastwood are a damned good band.
- http://bonafidedarling.blogspot.com


"Quick - CD Review"

Eastwood's

'Everything's Personal'

Details: After building a following on the strength of its 2005 debut album Die Tryin', this Dallas country band has made a couple of changes to its lineup and released the sophomore CD Everything's Personal. Like its predecessor, Personal was recorded at Salim Nourallah's Pleasantry Lane studio.

How it sounds: Eastwood's shows should become a destination for fans of Pat Green and Texas country at large. With the exception of a couple of tunes (one about a prison break and the other a downhome cover of the Beatles' "Come Together"), the lyrics focus on the ups and downs of love. Sample lyrics: "Two passionate hearts are great in the bedroom/But they're not so great together in the rest of the house." Songwriters David Heidle and Kevin Minihan have sharpened their skills since the debut album, tightening up arrangements while keeping the melodies easy and breezy. The guitar playing's strong throughout, but these guys could stand to have a fiddle in the band – they are, after all, in Texas.

Best enjoyed while: Knockin' back too many Lone Stars with those guys your girlfriend doesn't trust.

Key tracks: "Right Place Wrong Time,"

"I Can Only Remember the Good Times," "Come Together"

Buy it: On the band's Web site, eastwoodband.com.

See them live: Acoustic show Friday at Opening Bell Coffee's South Side on Lamar location. CD-release show Dec. 5 at Barley House. - http://www.quickdfw.com/sharedcontent/dws/quick/localmusic/spotlight/stories/DN-music--roadtest_1120


"DC9 at Night"

“Dallas has no shortage of great alt-country bands in our little scene, and now you can add Eastwood to that list.” - DC9 at Night, Dallas Observer Music Blog


"Jayson Bales"

“Eastwood is what would happen if Townes Van Zandt, the Bellamy Brothers, and the Eagles got together in a backyard somewhere and had a cookout and drank beer. Great harmonies and melody. Eastwood makes good Americana music.” - Jayson Bales, award-winning singer/songwriter


"Salim Nourallah"

“Let me introduce you, my little friends, to Eastwood… High, soaring harmonies, gentle acoustic guitars and melodies you swear you’ve heard before not because you have but only because they’re just too damn catchy.” - Salim Nourallah, award-winning singer/songwriter/producer


"Bonafide Darling"

“Their {Eastwood’s} set was as good live as it is on the record. For guys who hold down day jobs and get their rock and roll jollies out on the weekend they are blessed with a lot of talent.” - Bonafide Darling Music Blog


Discography

Die Tryin' (2005) - independent

Lycanthrope (2006, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Teddev Records

Everything's Personal (2008) - independent

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Eastwood officially began in the spring of 2005… a product from the hearts and minds of Kevin Minihan and David Heidle. But the foundation of Eastwood was formed years prior, when the two friends would often find themselves at party or campout, guitars in hand, working out songs that lent themselves well to the duo’s natural harmonic chemistry. Minihan and Heidle quickly discovered that their vocal styles fit together like “peas and carrots”, so in the spring of 2005 they gathered up their songs and headed off to Salim Nourallah’s newly formed Pleasantry Lane Studios in Dallas. The result of those initial sessions with Nourallah was the debut album from Eastwood, Die Tryin’. During the next two years, the band performed in support of the album while going through a couple of lineup iterations. In 2006 Tommy Bennett joined on bass and ended a longtime revolving door at that position, which even including a period where Minihan and Heidle would swap the instrument between them during live shows.

After a hiatus from playing live in late ‘07/early ’08, Eastwood teamed again with Salim Nourallah to record their follow-up effort, Everything’s Personal. Armed with matured songwriting and Eastwood’s signature vocal harmonies, the album also includes guest appearances from the likes of Ken Bethea and Phillip Peeples (Old 97’s), Ward Williams (Sorta), Daniel Hopkins (Radiant*), and Nourallah himself. With Everything’s Personal, Eastwood reaches beyond its country roots and displays an eclectic sound… but remains entrenched in heartfelt lyrics and strong vocal harmonies.

The band also emerged from recording Everything’s Personal with a stronger lineup. Added to the core of Minihan, Heidle, and Bennett was drummer Todd Unruh (formerly of Cowboys and Indians). The band was also joined by longtime friend and accomplished solo artist J.D. Whittenburg on keys/guitars. These additions brought Eastwood back to its rightful place as a five-piece, where they can more effectively demonstrate the full sound that their music demands.