Van Eaton and Friends

Van Eaton and Friends

 Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Singer/Songwriter. Americana with a capital "A"

Biography

Influenced by the infamous Muscle Shoals Sound along with Elvis, Townes Van Zant, Hank Sr and more, Alabama born, Van Eaton, found his love of music at a young age, but didn't approach the music industry as a career until much later in life.

Always a songwriter, he started that age old process of writing songs and recording the demos. As interest in his writing grew, and having gone into the studio with such luminaries as Nanci Griffith's famed Blue Moon Orchestra, Pat McInerney, Ron Della Vega, Clive Gregson and more, one of his demos caught the attention of Bluegrass chart topper, Del McCoury. From that recording, McCoury found the title to his new CD “Its’s Just the Night” which was released in 2003 and became the biggest selling Bluegrass album of that year.

With this success Van was invited to the Butcher Shoppe studio in Nashville,Tennessee to record again. Joined by friends and reknown musicians, Ronnie McCoury, Robbie McCoury, Jason Carter, Alan Bartram, Bobby Wood, Leroy Troy, Stu Bassore and Robert Richards, Van Eaton's new release, "Blood On The Ground" was born and boasts 11 original songs and one written by acclaimed poet/musician Jake Berry! Produced by Daviid 'Fergie' Ferguson of Johnny Cash fame, this cd already has critics and fans talking.

5 Stars ! Best We've Heard In 2009. Americana with a capital "A"

A Phenominal Americana/Bluegrass/Blues Cd Altcountryforum.nl The Netherlands

"This is AMERICANA music the way it should be...brutally honest lyrics, sizzling hot playing and something to say...destined to become a classic." Tony Butler-intergraph, Huntsville AL.

“When you start with songs this good, the rest is easy. Van is wonderful to work with and we look forward to doing more soon."-members of The McCoury Band

"On the first play, listeners started calling in asking where they could purchase the cd. The response has been 100% positive. Clearly this cd is something people want to hear more of." -Dennis Double, Co-host, Writer's Block. Knoxville, TN

Lyrics

Given My Reputation

Written By: Van Eaton

Lord I’ll never understand ,
how you could still love a man
That’s let you down so many times before
You know all that I’ve done wrong, and I know the list is long
And before I’m through I know I’ll do some more

But you never give up on me ,
and the reasons why is something I can’t see

I have cursed your name in anger
and I am weak when faced with temptation
But you love me anyway, and all that I can say , is it’s a miracle,
Given My Reputation

I’ve never took the time I could,
or given you the thanks I should
For all the blessings that I receive

Sometimes I feel so ashamed , Lord it seems I only call your name
When there’s something troubling me

But That don’t bother you ,
You’re always there to help me make it through

I have cursed your name in anger
and I am weak when faced with temptation
But you love me anyway ,and all that I can say, is that’s a miracle,
Given My Reputation

you love me anyway, and all that I can say, is that’s a miracle,
Given My Reputation

copyright 2008 by: Van Eaton

The Fire Room

Written By: Van Eaton

born owing for somebody’s sins
I couldn’t pay enough
a man too proud to pray
till things got really tough

I’d never count on a fathers love
or a fight I couldn’t win
now I believe in heaven Lord
and I’m dying to get in

keep me from the fire room
when my time has come
I don’t deserve your mercy
but I could sure use some
let the blood wash over me
forgive the wrong I’ve done
keep me from the fire room
when my time has come

my hands were always idle
my heart was like a stone
the path of least resistance
is the road I’ve traveled on

I've failed so many times
when temptations came along
I’ve kissed the lips of Jezebel
and followed her home

keep me from the fire room
when my time has come
I don’t deserve your mercy
but I could sure use some
there ain’t nobody perfect
'cept the father and the son
keep me from the fire room
when my time has come

I know the days are numbered
my time on earth will end
but if God forgives the sinner
maybe I can still get in

I’m not owed any favors
but my faith is strong
shine a light on me Lord
when my last breathe is gone

keep me from the fire room
when my time has come
I don’t deserve your mercy
but I could sure use some
let the blood wash over me
forgive the wrong I’ve done
keep me from the fire room
when my time has come
keep me from the fire room
when my time has come

copyright 2008 By: Van Eaton

The Promised Land

Written By: Van Eaton

I've been struggling on earth
I've been biding my time
The Gate is narrow I know
so I've been walking a line
I've been down on my knees
Lord Whenever I can
I'm only trying to make it
to the promised land

I see blood on the cross...
I feel the spirit move
this road is rocky and long
I'm trying make it through
I've been running from satan
just as fast as i can
I aint going to run no more
in the promised land

Oh the promised land ,
the promised land
I aint going to run no more in
the promised land

I've been reading the scriptures I've got an open heart
the way is clear for me
if I can do my part
I've been dipped in water, drank the blood of the lamb
when my life is over I'm gonna rise to the promised land

Oh the promised land , the promised land
when my life is over I'm gonna rise to the promised land

copyright 2008 by: Van Eaton

Two Wheels

Written By: Van Eaton

I SEE THE OPEN ROAD AND I'VE GOT SOME TIME
I 'M GONNA PUT MY WINGS IN THE WIND
TRY AND CLEAR MY HEAD FROM THE TROUBLES I'VE SEEN
AND RIDE THAT CHROME PONY AGAIN

I'VE BEEN PLAYING A GAME AND I'VE REACHED A PLACE
WHERE MY MEMORIES ALL LOOK THE SAME
I NEED TO BREAK OUT OF THIS PRISON I BUILT
AND FREEDOM IS CALLING MY NAME

(I'm putting)

TWO WHEELS ON A HIGHWAY
I'M LEAVING MY CARES BEHIND
TWO WHEELS ON A HIGHWAY
I'M LOOKING FOR SOME PEACE OF MIND

I'VE GOT SOME MONEY SAVED FROM WORKING
AND I'VE WORKED MORE THAN MY SHARE
I'VE BEEN STUCK IN A RUT AND I'VE HAD ENOUGH
THERE MUST BE SOMETHING BETTER SOMEWHERE

I WANT TO CAMP OUT BENEATH THE OPEN SKIES
LET THE MOON HAVE IT'S WAY WITH ME
MAYBE IN THE QUITE I WILL HEAR GOD'S VOICE
AND HE'LL HAVE SOMETHNG GOOD TO SAY TO ME

(I'm putting)

TWO WHEELS ON A HIGHWAY
I'M LEAVING MY CARES BEHIND
TWO WHEELS ON A HIGHWAY
I'M LOOKING FOR SOME PEACE OF MIND

TWO WHEELS ON A HIGHWAY
I'M LEAVING MY CARES BEHIND
TWO WHEELS ON A HIGHWAY
I'M LOOKING FOR SOME PEACE OF MIND

copyright 2008 by: Van Eaton

Hell To Pay

Written By: Van Eaton

theres a yellow sun in a blue sky
hey what if jesus came today?
would you be riding a northbound bus
or going down the other way?

sinner please wont you listen
don't you waste another day
well if you don't get right with Jesus Christ
there's gonna be hell to pay

a rich man living in a mansion
he's got money to spend
but he can't buy his own redemption
if he should go down in his sin

sinner please wont you listen
don't you waste another day
well if you don't get right with Jesus Christ
there's gonna be hell to pay

life is kind of like a frieght train
and time is just a one way rail
make sure your train is bound for glory
if not you're headed straight to hell

sinner please wont you listen
don't you waste another day
well if you don't get right with Jesus Christ
there's gonna be hell to pay

copyright 2009 by: Van Eaton

Blood On The Ground

Written By: Van Eaton

Theres a hot sun beating on the desert sand,
I'm looking through bloodshot eyes
part of my body is the gun in my hand,
I'm only trying to survive
this isn't a fate of my own choosing,
I'm stuck in a combat zone
I can't even tell which side is loosing
and I can't trust the side that I'm on

blood on the ground, blood on the ground
another sunset and another man down
too soon the world stopped spinning around
all that's left of a hero, is blood on the ground

there's another bomb shaking the ground under me
and I'm remembering a brother I lost
he asked me once what would victory mean,
if you can't justify the cost
this war is hell ,a hell on earth
and the devil's got control of me
I'm doin my part whatever it's worth
but my hands might never come clean

blood on the ground, blood on the ground
another sunset and another man down
too soon the world stopped spinning around
all that's left of a hero, is blood on the ground

this rich mans war is a poor mans plight,
a weekend job gone astray
a widowmakers gun, an angry young wife,
a father gets blown away

I've got grit on my toungue,
and I'm the the salt of the earth,
but what does being a hero bring ?
a flag draped casket ,and a purple heart,
a chance to hear the angels sing ?

blood on the ground, blood on the ground
another sunset and another man down
too soon the world stopped spinning around
all that's left of a hero,
is blood on the ground

blood on the ground, blood on the ground
another sunset and another man down
too soon the world stopped spinning around
all that's left of a hero,
is blood on the ground

copyright 2008 by: Van Eaton

It's Just The Night

Written By: Van Eaton

The daylight fades
and the evening darkness falls
Tree’s look just like creatures
In shadows on the wall
I can see how it might scare
A woman who’s out alone
Don’t you worry none
Cause I could walk you home

It may seem a little spooky
But it’s all right
Don’t you worry now
It’s just the night
It’s just the night

The bats come out
When the moon is in the sky
You hear a hoot owl in the distance
And you tremble inside
When the moon is full
Some say it’s a sign from hell
You could wind up a victim
Under some kind of evil spell

It may seem a little spooky
But it’s all right
Don’t you worry now
It’s just the night
It’s just the night

A wicked wind blowing
Makes the shadows dance around
The cracks in the sidewalk
Look like snakes on the ground
You see lightning flash
And you hear some thunder roar
You walk a little bit faster
Trying to make it to your door

It may seem a little spooky
But it’s all right
Don’t u worry now
It’s just the night
It’s just the night

copyright 2002 by: Van Eaton

Discography

"BLOOD ON THE GROUND" CD (2009) Eyetune Music

Set List

Original songs most Of the Time
unique versions of any cover songs done.