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Rock - Released March 10, 2015 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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Pop - Released July 10, 2015 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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The trouble with blue-eyed soul singers, especially in the 21st century, is they usually seem convinced that in order to prove they're worthy of singing R&B in the classic style, they have to try three times as hard as the folks who inspired them, and as a consequence they sound histrionic and over the top rather than honest and passionate. Thankfully, Anderson East (aka Mike Anderson) is smarter than that; on his 2015 album Delilah, the man clearly knows that dynamics are his friend, and in the manner of Joe South and Tony Joe White, he's embraced the great Southern tradition of sounding committed and laid-back at the same time, an excellent fit for his rough but sweet vocal timbre. Delilah was produced by Dave Cobb, on a run after helping Sturgill Simpson and Jason Isbell make career-defining albums, and he's done a splendid job with East on Delilah, setting him up with a studio band whose slightly swampy groove evokes the sound of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section or the Fame Recording Studios crew, steeped in the traditions of vintage soul but sounding tight and aware of the notions of the present day. As a songwriter, East reveals himself as a good but not great talent on Delilah; most of these tunes sound like the work of a guy who loves Southern soul of the '60s and knows how to emulate the sound, but the finished product suggests the songs were sometimes built from a kit providing the requisite melodic tricks and lyrical tropes rather than drawing from his heart, soul, and inspiration (there's a reason why his cover of George Jackson's "Find 'Em, Fool 'Em and Forget 'Em" is a standout here). But if East tends to follow a template as a writer, the work is good despite the familiar building blocks, and when he sings, it's easy to forgive his minor flaws as a tunesmith. East is clearly a talent to watch, and if you're looking for retro-soul with a smoky Southern flair, Delilah is well worth your time and attention. © Mark Deming /TiVo
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Rock - Released July 10, 2015 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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Pop - Released December 18, 2015 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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Country - Released January 15, 2016 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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Country - Released February 19, 2016 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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Country - Released March 4, 2016 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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Country - Released March 18, 2016 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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More than a concept album, Dave Cobb's 2016 compilation Southern Family is a clarion call: the definition of a new south for a new millennium. This new south -- one with a reverence for the past, as defined by old tunes and handed-down traditions, but one unbeholden to conventions -- has been essayed by Cobb on his productions for Jamey Johnson, Chris Stapleton, and Sturgill Simpson, records that refurbish outlaw country for a new century. Outlaw itself looked toward the past, stripping back Nashville productions to their bare, burly bones, but Cobb's sensibility goes slightly further, treating that intersection of country tradition and rock modernism as ground zero. On the acclaimed albums by Johnson, Stapleton, and Simpson, this manifests in an easy swagger, but Southern Family is understated, a series of vignettes that combine to form an Americana mosaic. Much of the record plays like quiet confessions -- songs that feel whispered as much as sung -- but it's impossible to convey the south without tapping into the deep reservoirs of soul, blues, and gospel, sounds that give the album an underpinning of earthiness. It takes a while for those tunes to get there, though. Southern Family crawls into focus with John Paul White's "Simple Song" and Jason Isbell's "God Is a Working Man," tunes that function as keynotes for the album. The album is devised of nothing but songs that seem simple but are slyly layered, something Isbell's tune makes plain: the clean lines camouflage how he plays and inverts conventions, turning the traditional fresh. It's a trick repeated throughout the album, usually done so subtly, the impact is felt more than recognized (an exception to the rule is a bluesy crawl through "You Are My Sunshine" by Morgane and Chris Stapleton). Certain themes are cycled through -- usually family, loss, and love, sometimes arriving in a tangled ball -- but what resonates on Southern Family is how each singer/songwriter is faithful to their own voice within the grander tapestry Cobb has devised. It's a trick that telegraphs just how rich and complex this modern Southern Family actually is. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Country - Released March 18, 2016 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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Pop - Released August 15, 2017 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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Pop - Released November 3, 2017 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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Pop - Released November 13, 2017 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

"[L]ead single 'The Joke' showcases some of Carlile’s finest lyricism and singing yet. Written for children born into this trying time, Carlile urges triumph over division." © TiVo
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Pop - Released December 1, 2017 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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Pop - Released December 8, 2017 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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Country - Released January 5, 2018 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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Country - Released January 12, 2018 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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This seems like a crucial moment for Anderson East. With Encore, the artist born in Alabama leaves the keys of the production to the excellent Dave Cobb and entrusts the writing of some titles to experts such as Chris Stapleton (King For A Day and If You Keep Leaving Me) and Ed Sheeran (All on My Mind). His Southern roots solidly surface in his blend of country and soul music (If You Keep Leaving Me will make you think of Otis Redding) or blues (Somebody Pick Up My Pieces). At the heart of this fusion of classic American music, Anderson East even slips covers of Ted Hawkins (Sorry You're Sick) and Willie Nelson (Somebody Pick Up My Pieces). With a perfect balance between vintage country soul sonorities and a still very contemporary approach, Encore is an endearing mainstream disc. It’s a work that most of all proves that his music is there to last. And what a voice he has too! © CM/Qobuz
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Pop - Released January 12, 2018 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

This seems like a crucial moment for Anderson East. With Encore, the artist born in Alabama leaves the keys of the production to the excellent Dave Cobb and entrusts the writing of some titles to experts such as Chris Stapleton (King For A Day and If You Keep Leaving Me) and Ed Sheeran (All on My Mind). His Southern roots solidly surface in his blend of country and soul music (If You Keep Leaving Me will make you think of Otis Redding) or blues (Somebody Pick Up My Pieces). At the heart of this fusion of classic American music, Anderson East even slips covers of Ted Hawkins (Sorry You're Sick) and Willie Nelson (Somebody Pick Up My Pieces). With a perfect balance between vintage country soul sonorities and a still very contemporary approach, Encore is an endearing mainstream disc. It’s a work that most of all proves that his music is there to last. And what a voice he has too! © CM/Qobuz
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Pop - Released January 19, 2018 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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Pop - Released February 2, 2018 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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Country - Released February 16, 2018 | Low Country Sound - Elektra

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Brandi Carlile does not lay idle. Between her new life as a homosexual mother which she openly displays or her activism with the association War Child, she has found time to return to the studio for the sixth time. As a mother, the hallucination of an America at the edge of cracking infused the story of what she considers the most intense of her career. By The Way, I Forgive You, entwined by the evangelical theme of forgiveness, co-produced by Shooter Jennings (the son of the late Waylon) and Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton and Lori McKenna) succeeds the country folk of The Firewatcher's Daughter (2015). Ten tracks totalling 43 minutes, touching on topics such as Carlile's family, politics, identity and the faithful twin Hanseroth (Fightings Machinists). The strings were arranged by the late Paul Buckmaster (Elton John, David Bowie, Rolling Stone or Leonard Cohen) and its all packed into an emotional style of country made for a broad audience. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz