Originally from Athens, Ala., Anderson East is a singer-songwriter and musician from Nashville. East self-released two albums and two EPs before being signed to Elektra's Low Country Sound label in 2015. Dave Cobb produced Delilah, East's debut album, with Low Country Sound, which was released in July of 2015. The album peaked at No. 7 on the US folk chart, No. 2 on the US Heatseekers chart and No. 28 on the US rock chart. Two songs from Delilah, "Satisfy Me" and "Devil in Me," were top 40 singles on the US Adult Alternative chart. In 2018, Anderson East released Encore. The album produced three top 40 Adult Alternative singles, "All on My Mind," "Girlfriend" and "This Too Shall Last." "All on My Mind" went to No. 1. East was nominated for Americana Music Honors Emerging Artist of the Year in 2018. He was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Americana Roots Performance in 2019.
From Sound Engineer to the Stage
Anderson East is a self-taught musician, and he wrote his first song in the seventh grade. He studied sound engineering at Middle Tennessee State University for a few years but eventually moved to Nashville to pursue songwriting. East was a session musician and sound engineer before being asked to sing harmonies and play guitar on the road with Holly Williams. He also toured with Sturgill Simpson. East brought together a band of session musicians he met in the studios of Nashville and recorded Closing Credits for a Fire and Flowers of the Broken Hearted. In May of 2019, East released his third album for Low Country Sound, Alive In Tennessee. The recording captures 18 tracks of East's first appearance at the Ryman Auditorium, including a hard-rocking cover of "Hold On, I'm Coming" by Sam & Dave.
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Is Anderson East coming to a city near me?
Anderson East is currently on tour in the US playing at festivals and major venues such as the Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Fox Theatre. East will be playing in California, Colorado, Tennessee, Georgia, New Hampshire, Maine and Virginia.
What can I expect from an Anderson East concert?
Anderson East and his six-piece band play a passionate, driving show full of horns, dueling guitar solos and audience sing-alongs. He plays about a dozen of his own songs from Delilah and Encore. East also plays three or four covers from artists as varied as Willie Nelson and Mariah Carey.
Who are some of Anderson East's influences?
Anderson East grew up 50 miles from Muscle Shoals, but he has said that his earliest musical influences were jam bands like the Grateful Dead and music from skateboard videos. Later, when working in a record store, he discovered R&B greats like Marvin Gaye, Wilson Pickett and Sam Cooke. East is also a big fan of Oasis and Ben Folds.
What is an example of an Anderson East concert setlist?
On his current tour, Anderson East is playing a setlist of 14 to 15 songs. He starts the set with either "Sorry You're Sick" by Ted Hawkins or Willie Nelson's "Somebody Pick Up My Pieces." He usually closes the set with "This Too Shall Last" and plays "House Is a Building" as an encore.