Eastwood to play at Country Music Festival in Logan
By Paul McManis
Commoner Journal staff writer
McARTHUR — Local country band Eastwood is seeking the support of the community and surrounding areas as it competes for an opportunity to open for McGuffey Lane and Easton Corbin.
Chris Bethel, Shawn Avery and Troy Howdyshell only have been playing together in public venues since September, but the members of the band Eastwood have made short work of building their name and gaining notoriety in the area.
Now, the band is working for the opportunity to play with bands that are well-known throughout the state and country.
Eastwood is selling tickets to the Country Music Festival, held May 26 at Kaeppners Woods in Logan. Eight acts are competing for the opportunity to perform directly before McGuffey Lane and Easton Corbin. The more tickets an act sells, the later in the afternoon it will perform.
Eastwood said it finds this to be an opportunity to continue to build the reputation it has been building since September.
Howdyshell, the band’s bass player, said the band has received very positive feedback since it began with its first performance in Logan, followed later by appearances at various Vinton County locations. The band’s first Vinton County performance was at the VFW in McArthur, and it also played at this year’s Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival. Howdyshell said the festival was by far the band’s largest act.
Howdyshell said the public responded to all of the band’s performances with positivity.
“It’s just been better than we ever expected. It’s almost overwhelming,” Howdyshell said. “When people come up after the show and tell us that they liked it, it kind of makes it worth it.”
Howdyshell said the band performs a number of songs, but it is some of their originals that attracts fans more than anything else. He said the original songs were written by the band’s guitarist, Bethel, who has only been playing guitar for about three years.
“I think the big thing that’s pulling people is Bethel. His writing, a lot of people like it,” Howdyshell said.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by messaging Eastwood’s Facebook page or by calling 740-649-6419.
Howdyshell said the band will be selling tickets Saturday at the Vinton County Relay for Life. Eastwood will perform some of its new songs later that night.
Tickets for the Country Music Festival are $30 if purchased at the gate. Other acts include Austin Hicks, Karla Perretta, Jared Bartow, the Lee Gantt Band, Charlie Tatman, Jack Lewis & 104 South Band and the Rockweiller Band.