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Eddie Eastman

  • Inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010
  • Birth: July 15, 1949 - Terra Nova, Newfoundland

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BIOGRAPHY:

The youngest of ten children, Eddie Eastman was born Eddie Rowsell in Terra Nova, Newfoundland in 1949 to a music-loving family.

When he was nine, Eddie performed an impromptu living room concert for the construction crews building the Trans-Canada, who showed their appreciation with two-dollar bills, urging Eddie to keep playing 'til the wee hours of the morning. When young Eddie wasn't playing, he was listening to the radio or gramophone and the sounds of country masters like Ernest Tubb, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard.

In 1971, Eddie decided to explore the Trans-Canada on a full-time basis as the lead singer of the Country Ducats. In 1972, the group headed for Nashville to record an album, where Eddie was introduced to Elvis Presley band members Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana (who played on the record).

After getting married in 1976, Eddie moved to Toronto, found management with Bob Cousins and recruited his new back-up band the Terra Nova Express. At Cousins' prompting, Eddie adopted Eastman as his professional name, which soon became a household name in Canada and scored numerous accolades including two ‘Top Male Vocalist’ Juno Awards along the way.

Eddie has recorded eight albums and has had 30 single releases which led to his own CBC TV program: "The Eddie Eastman Show". Eddie and his family now reside in Tennessee where he continues to write and perform songs.




Eddie Eastman Photo Album




Photo Credits: Denise Grant Photography and Grant Martin Photography

 
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