Not sure what our expectations were going into our session with Anderson East
. Our ears were mighty perked after hearing a few tracks from the Athens Alabama native's forthcoming album, Delilah
. That album lives in an electric Southern soul setting; the rhythms light a fire under the feet, the horns offer exuberant pops of joy, all while Anderson yelps, hollers, and croons in a pebbly, Southern draw. We were intrigued.
But in the three song offering here a shift occurs and the results are nothing short of spectacular. Though Anderson favors robust soul on the stage, these are songs clearly entrenched in roots, rock and country folk. There might not be much here...a voice and a guitar. But 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.