Wyatt Easterling still enjoys performing in front of an audience, and he relishes the opportunity to write music. He also loves to share his gift for songwriting with others.
The veteran country and folk music singer will perform in Estevan on April 25 through the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum's After Dark concert series. His show will start at 8 p.m.
He'll also lead a songwriting workshop the following day at 2 p.m.
Easterling said there are several teachers and professors in his family, and he enjoys teaching others, particularly when it comes to writing music.
“Somebody was quoted as saying that 'A teacher, in order to teach, has to learn, and you learn more by teaching than just about any other occupation,'” said Easterling. “I always get something from it (the workshops).
“Not to sound selfish, but I love imparting what I've learned over the years, but I always get something out of each workshop.”
Songwriting is a craft, he said, and if he shares how he does writes music, then his songwriting skills will improve, too.
The best advice he has for people is to sit down and write as much as possible.
“If you try a little bit a day, even if it's just five to 10 minutes, you will noticeably see some improvement over the course of a month or so,” he said.
He said he recently attended a short story workshop, and the instructor encouraged participants to write a little each day, even if there isn't a common, unifying theme.
“It's amazing the ideas that you look back on after you finish writing,” said Easterling.
Music has been his lifelong passion, he said. He started playing the guitar when he was 14 or 15, and he can't imagine having a career outside of the music industry.
He moved to Nashville in 1980 for music, and within a year, he was working in the industry.
“I thoroughly enjoy the production aspect of taking a written song into a studio, and creating the actual song that most people will hear,” said Easterling.
Easterling's debut album, Both Sides of the Shore, was released in 1981. He has collaborated – as a songwriter, producer, executive or session player – on numerous gold and platinum-selling albums.
Easterling isn't the only musician who will be part of the After Dark weekend. Dustin Ritter and Tyler Gilbert will be performing on April 26 at 8 p.m.
Their concerts will be the last through After Dark this year.