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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

New Music For 2018: Encore - Anderson East (12th January 2018)

Encore - Anderson East
Produced by Dave Cobb
Released 12th January 2018

The Playlist doesn't contain the whole album but selected songs performed live* or are a Promo Video**.
On the Playlist is:
King For A Day*
This Too Shall Last*
House Is A Building*
Sorry You're Sick*
All On My Mind**

Side 1
 Sorry You're Sick is a Cover Version of a Ted Hawkins song from the 1982 album Watch Your Step.

Side 2
Somebody Pick Up My Pieces is a Cover Version of a Willie Nelson song that he performed with Emmylou Harris.


So, the first album of 2018 that I'm giving some props to comes from Anderson East. I was aware of him a little as he co-wrote a couple of songs and sang on Miranda Lambert's latest album (The Weight of These Wings) and also has connections with Chris Stapleton and Holly Williams.
His own music I have to confess I am quite unaware of before this latest album (he has two self-released albums and his major label Debut Delilah from 2015).
What drew me to him at first was I had heard a cover of Sorry You're Sick, which is an old Ted Hawkins song (and I love the music of Ted Hawkins) and was struck by how soulful it was and how it sounded almost borderline like "Wicked" Wilson Pickett! For a guy who is connected to the world of Country Music to sound that good meant I should further investigate.
Hopefully from the short Playlist above you'll get a bit of a feel for how good this album is. It's a real combination of sounds ranging from Southern Soul, R&B, Country, blues and folk roots rock. It's fascinating stuff and I think even from the first month of the year that this is going to be an album that is going to get a lot of play in our house.

Great songwriting and musicianship and another feather in the cap for producer Dave Cobb, who has produced Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Zac Brown Band and Amanda Shires (to name but a few) and also he produced the excellent Southern Family album that was released in 2016.
Anderson East, remember that name!

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