The sweet, Southern soul of Athens Alabama's Anderson East
has been firing off in our ears a lot of late. If you haven't heard Anderson's debut Delilah
, do yourself a favor and give it a spin. Dave Cobb, who made massive records with Jason Isbell and Chris Stapleton earlier this year, produced the album and it's got all the pop and crack of all those dusty old Muscle Shoals vinyl records of yore. Without a doubt, one of the finest listens available in American roots music this year.
No surprise then that Anderson's intimate, solo performance was one of the finest sessions we filmed all year. Though Delilah
favors a more robust variety of soul between the grooves, the three songs the now-Nashville-based songwriter brought by Baeble are clearly entrenched in roots, rock and country folk. And while there aren't many ingredients to be found here - just a voice and a guitar - I'm telling you, everything
is here. "Devil In Me", "Only You", and "Satisfy Me" suggest Anderson's an artist who does his living hard, fills up his heart, and wrings it out into the chords and stories that make up his music...only to head back out into the world and do it all over again. So do a little living yourself and take our session for a spin. It'll hit you where it hurts...and that's a mighty good thing.