Anderson Brings Encore West

Anderson East, like many others recently making their way through or coming to St. Louis in 2019, was slated to play LouFest. It’s easy to feel robbed by the festival’s last-minute cancelation, but 2019 is shaping up to be a great year musically—for instance, just take a look at February’s lineup around town.


East’s R&B stylings have a distinctive gospel feel. Hailing from Athens, Ala., he relocated to Nashville and, while dating Miranda Lambert, co-wrote two songs: "Getaway Driver" and "Well-Rested" for her 2016 album, The Weight of These Things.


Since then Lambert and East have parted ways, and East released his fourth studio album, Encore. It’s a leave-it-all-on-the-table album. He’s dead-set on bringing the sweaty R&B and soul legacy back to Music City. On this album he’s proved that he can rest solely on his vocal ability alone—listen to his rendition of Ted Hawkins’ “Sorry You’re Sick.”


East’s “All on My Mind” from Encore has everything to make a bluesy soul tune radio-friendly—similar to that of St. Paul & the Broken Bones and Nathaniel Rateliff. The song is filled with vibrant vocals spilling out through a backtrack of various string instruments, a cocktail drum set heavy on the kick drum, and even a bit of synth during the chorus. The gritty vocals are comparable to an excited Ray LaMontagne.


I could wear wing tips to a wedding / 501s to bed / A full suit to the party
And we'll dance 'til all that's left / And I kiss my baby with a sweetness
That only she could bring / And I love how my baby touches me
So play our lover's game


East also made Barack Obama’s exclusive “Favorite Songs of 2018” list with “King for a Day.”


Ok. I’m sold. So, you want to clap? You want to dance? Do you need to recollect and shed a tear? Familiarize yourself with Encore and don’t miss Anderson East when he plays Delmar Hall on Feb. 19. Lucie Silvas opens.


--Cory Weaver