American folk & old-time country singer-songwriter WESLEY RANDOLPH EADER has family roots all over Tennessee, but he was born and raised among the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. His storytelling songs showcase a broad understanding of American roots music: country ballads, bluegrass stompers, talking blues, old time gospel camp tunes, topical songs. One article from No Depression placed Eader’s distinctive voice and songwriting style within the more mythical tradition of American folk music: “Eader sings each song as if he’s been singing them forever, as if they were passed down like precious heirlooms, or discovered on one of A.P. Carter’s song expeditions”.
Eader’s latest album “Highway Winds” sounds like a long-lost songwriting classic. It was recorded entirely on a 70s tape machine and features, among others: National Old Time Fiddle Champion Luke Price and Eric Earley, producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and frontman of Blitzen Trapper, Rachel Ann Dial, vocalist and guitarists in indie rock band Mero, as well as legendary Portland enginner & producer Danny O’Hanlon on drums. This strong cast of players has helped take Eader’s songs, which stand so strongly by themselves, to an even higher level of interest to the listener. Nostalgic ridden Americana music lovers are sure to find “Highway Winds” a more than suitable soundtrack for the road.
Eader has toured regionally along the west coast and in the Pacific Northwest and has played in legendary Portland venues such as Mississippi Studios, Landmark Saloon, Aladdin Theater, Alberta St Pub, The Old Church, Al’s Den, White Eagle, Secret Society. He has shared the bill with prestigious acts and friends such Josh Garrels, Liz Vice, Eric Earley (of Blitzen Trapper), Anna Tivel, Holly Ann, The Wild Reeds, The Grahams, Josh Harmony, Evan Way (of the Parson Red Heads), Joshua Powell, Branches, Bevelers, Derek Webb, Josh White, Mary Marquis (of Blitzen Trapper, Tow’rs, Charlie Shaw, Michael Hurley, Jeffrey Martin, Kevin Lee Florence, Hip Hatchet, The Show Ponies.
“A traditionalist with a taste for Willie Nelson and early Bob Dylan, handles both ballads and barn-stormers with charm” — The Oregonian
“Highway Winds follows his 2012 debut, Of Old It Was Recorded, and it’s a pitch-perfect tour of various old-timey styles, from folk to country to traditional gospel music, with tasteful touches of slide guitar, piano, and basic percussion, but only when necessary. Recorded entirely to tape, the record captures a warm and intimate performance that sounds like Eader’s playing just for you in your living room. It’s hard to imagine a better way to hear him.” — Portland Mercury
“He plays his version of old-fashioned folk completely straight, with not a wink or a trace of irony to be found – he’s like a time-traveling third Louvin Brother …he has a special sympathy for the down-and-out, and a Townes Van Zandtian knack for the poetry of the hardscrabble” — Spirit You All
“Eader sings each song as if he’s been singing them forever, as if they were passed down like precious heirlooms, or discovered on one of A.P. Carter’s song expeditions” — No Depression
“I see visions of that lost highway again when I listen to Wesley Randolph Eader’s new record, Highway Winds. I see Woody Guthrie riding a boxcar. I hear Townes Van Zandt singing stories in an old saloon. I see mountain ranges in the far distance and desert stretched out all around. I am swept up in the mystery of the road.” — Let Us Make A Record
“Highway Winds is an excellent set of traditional country, folk and bluegrass inspired music. Standout tracks include: the bluegrass thumper ‘Carry On Down the Road’; ‘Talkin’ Walmart Texas Blues’ – a nod to Dylan’s ‘Talkin’ World War III Blues’; the gorgeous ballad ‘Eliza (The Saint of Flower Mountain)’; and the riverboat inspired ‘Big Steam Wheel’” — The Record Dept.
“Wesley Randolph Eader from Portland might still be fairly unknown, but he is an incredible folk songwriter. Highway Winds should get a lot of recognition. This contains some of my favorite songs of the year. Actually five of these ten songs could be candidates for the songs of the year list. ” — One Chord To Another