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Blood On the Ground

by Van Eaton

Americana with a Gospel Soul and a Bluegrass Heart
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2. What Could Have Been
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3. The Fire Room
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4. Sweet Misery
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5. Tow the Line
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6. Blood On the Ground
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7. Given My Reputation
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8. Two Wheels
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9. Hell to Pay
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10. Room to Run
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***** 5 Stars! The BEST so far in 2009 !
from www.CtrlAltCountry.be in Belgium!

A Phenominal Americana ,Bluegrass ,Blues CD !
from www.altcountryforum.nl The Netherlands

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.

"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

For additional information, visit http://www.MySpace.com/vaneatonfriends
http://www.eyetune music.com

Review At: http://www.ctrlaltcountry.be/

VAN EATON & FRIENDS "Blood On The Ground" (Van Eaton)
(5 *****) FIVE STARS !


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Alicia

copied from a review wtitten by: Nelson Worth
About a month ago, I noticed that Dennis Double (co-host of WDVX's Writer's Block program) seemed to be pretty worked up about a new CD he had heard that week from a local songwriter named Van Eaton. He was passing out copies to everyone at the station (except me), and excitedly sharing the songs on Writer's Block. I'd hear Dennis talking to other people at the station about the copies he had given them and hear them give their enthusiastic reviews back.
A few weeks ago, I finally got a copy for myself and figured out what everyone else was so excited about. Blood on the Ground from Van Eaton & Friends is a solid Americana album that branches out from strong bluegrass roots to deliver a group of songs that bring a little polish to the traditional back porch picking session.
Speaking of pickers... I should probably mention that the "And Friends" who play on the album include Ronnie McCoury, Robbie McCoury, Jason Carter, and Alan Bartram of The Del McCoury Band. Eaton first crossed paths with the band when he wrote the title track to their 2003 album It's Just the Night, and was able to enlist their services for his debut effort. Even with such bluegrass luminaries on board... it's Eaton's songs that take center stage throughout.
On his myspace page, Eaton describes his music as, "Americana with a Gospel soul and a Bluegrass heart," and it's true that his songs do draw heavily from both southern music traditions. It's also important to note, however, that Blood on the Ground is not strictly a bluegrass album or strictly a gospel album. There's more going on here as well.
In "The Fire Room," the protagonist of the song finds solace in prayer, but he may be doing so for the wrong reasons. He lived his life with a stone cold heart, let the Devil control his idle hands, and fell to temptation at every turn. Now, at the end of his life (and the end of his rope), he turns to the Father he never counted on before for a last minute pardon. It's up to the listener to decide if the narrator has truly repented.
The album's title track tackles the subject of war with a brutal honesty not often found in bluegrass circles. This time, the narrator is a soldier who has lost friends and has blood on his own hands. He is charged with being a hero, but knows all too well the dangers his bravery exposes him to.

Jake Berry

Simply a Masterpiece
Over the last century American roots music has never lost it's authenticity or appeal. This is because it connects to each of us in the way that we live, our joys, heartbreaks and aspirations. It does so without sounding phony or pretentious usually because it is written and performed by people who live the lives they sing about. The masters are well known from the Carter Family to Hank Williams to Townes Van Zandt, from Charley Patton to Robert Johnson to Muddy Waters. The spirit of the music has never died even when we occasionally lose track of it in the polished product the music industry churns out. We have to be reminded from time to time that authentic American music does not come from factories and the bottom line is life itself, not the glamour of fortune and fame.

This is why Van Eaton's music is so important. Like all the master songwriter-poets and musicians before him the music he makes is as real as life itself because for him music is life itself. You can hear it in every word, in every hard wrung note. The characters that fill the songs on BLOOD ON THE GROUND are people like ourselves. They are humbled by their failings and struggle for redemption in ever way known to them. They ride high during good times like the fellow in "All My Money's Gone" but wake up sober and alone, crying out for some reason to hope like the characters in "The Fire Room" or "Given My Reputation." They are devoted and loyal like the soldier in the title cut, but smart enough to recognize that for all the talk of heroism in the end we all have to face the reality that what remains of the hero is blood on the ground. And that blood cries out as surely as Abel's blood did after that first murder, for someone to answer - whether God or country or our brothers and sisters in spirit and blood.

Backed by the extraordinary Del McCoury band and a few other musicians of similar calibre, Eaton and friends bring these characters to life so vividly only the dead are unresponsive (and I wouldn't rule them out). The songs are a pleasure to listen to again and again. The music is full of interesting and unexpected twists on the time honored themes. Fiddles, banjos, and mandolins ring and sing while a double bass and Eaton's steady rhythm guitar anchor the tunes - for good measure a peddle steel and classic B3 organ deepen and enrich the tracks.

For those of us who have been listening to Van Eaton's music for years this is yet another chapter in a legacy of songs that can stand alongside any in American music. But Eaton has refined his skills so well over the years that they capture you immediately and leave a deep and lasting impression. These songs will ring in your ears from the first time you hear them and never fade. They are a rich and abiding gift by a master of the art. He has given us more songs from the great American story that will surely take their place alongside all those we have known and loved all our lives.

Don't let this music pass you by. To do so is to remain ignorant of the story we are all telling every day with one great difference. You can tap your feet, sing along, pick up an instrument and play along. Everyone is invited, no one is turned away. If Van Eaton is new to you then you are abut to discover one of the great treasures of roots based music, be it American or any other. Come listen to a master songwriter and his friends doing what they do best and making it sound as pure and refreshing as mountain spring water on a hot summer day. In a world in need of revival of spirit and hope this is great place to start - with music that you will never forget.

Jake B.

Come Listen to a Master American Songwriter
Over the last century American roots music has never lost it's authenticity or appeal. This is because it connects to each of us in the way that we live, our joys, heartbreaks and aspirations. It does so without sounding phony or pretentious usually because it is written and performed by people who live the lives they sing about. The masters are well known from the Carter Family to Hank Williams to Townes Van Zandt, from Charley Patton to Robert Johnson to Muddy Waters. The spirit of the music has never died even when we occasionally lose track of it in the polished product the music industry churns out. We have to be reminded from time to time that authentic American music does not come from factories and the bottom line is life itself, not the glamour of fortune and fame.

This is why Van Eaton's music is so important. Like all the master songwriter-poets and musicians before him the music he makes is as real as life itself because for him music is life itself. You can hear it in every word, in every hard wrung note. The characters that fill the songs on BLOOD ON THE GROUND are people like ourselves. They are humbled by their failings and struggle for redemption in ever way known to them. They ride high during good times like the fellow in "All My Money's Gone" but wake up sober and alone, crying out for some reason to hope like the characters in "The Fire Room" or "Given My Reputation." They are devoted and loyal like the soldier in the title cut, but smart enough to recognize that for all the talk of heroism in the end we all have to face the reality that what remains of the hero is blood on the ground. And that blood cries out as surely as Abel's blood did after that first murder, for someone to answer - whether God or country or our brothers and sisters in spirit and blood.

Backed by the extraordinary Del McCoury band and a few other musicians of similar calibre, Eaton and friends bring these characters to life so vividly only the dead are unresponsive (and I wouldn't rule them out). The songs are a pleasure to listen to again and again. The music is full of interesting and unexpected twists on the time honored themes. Fiddles, banjos, and mandolins ring and sing while a double bass and Eaton's steady rhythm guitar anchor the tunes - for good measure a peddle steel and classic B3 organ deepen and enrich the tracks.

For those of us who have been listening to Van Eaton's music for years this is yet another chapter in a legacy of songs that can stand alongside any in American music. But Eaton has refined his skills so well over the years that they capture you immediately and leave a deep and lasting impression. These songs will ring in your ears from the first time you hear them and never fade. They are a rich and abiding gift by a master of the art. He has given us more songs from the great American story that will surely take their place alongside all those we have known and loved all our lives.

Don't let this music pass you by. To do so is to remain ignorant of the story we are all telling every day with one great difference. You can tap your feet, sing along, pick up an instrument and play along. Everyone is invited, no one is turned away. If Van Eaton is new to you then you are abut to discover one of the great treasures of roots based music, be it American or any other. Come listen to a master songwriter and his friends doing what they do best and making it sound as pure and refreshing as mountain spring water on a hot summer day. In a world in need of revival of spirit and hope this is great place to start - with music that you will never forget.

Ray Dj

Honest music
It still excists, just listen to this great record !!