Live Music: Edward David Anderson
Edward David Anderson is one of music's modern makers, a rock and roll veteran who spent his formative years fronting the revered Midwest band, Backyard Tire Fire. Known for infectious melodies and memorable messages, Anderson penned eight albums for the band and played countless shows across the US and Canada.
Their eventual hiatus fostered his solo debut, Lies & Wishes (2014, Royal Potato Family) working with friend and Grammy winning producer Steve Berlin of Los Lobos. A serendipitous move south in 2013 introduced him to 'Lower Alabama' where he found the culture and beaches provided reprieve from life on the road and a second home. He quickly immersed himself into the rich and welcoming LA music scene where he met producer Anthony Crawford (Neil Young, Willie Sugarcapps) and recorded "Lower Alabama: The Loxley Sessions" over the winter of 2014. The album floats melodiously on rivers of fiddle and clouds of pedal steel, on gentle acoustic guitars and hints of piano, dusted with some ghostly guitar from Will Kimbrough and striking vocal harmony by Crawford's wife, singer Savana Lee.
The nine-song collection steps firmly into the Americana world and was hailed a wonderfully soulful record by David Dye (NPR's World Cafe) and "a simply infectious album by No Depression. Anderson is an artist on an existential quest who seeks and searches through song. Writing is in his bones and music in his soul. He's a lifer who's happy when he's learning, creating and performing and restless when he's not. The Chicagoland native, influenced by blues, rock and roll, folk and bluegrass creates a sound uniquely his own. He plays a variety of instruments while happily kicking a bass drum and singing songs that evoke an emotional and spiritual connection with listeners in venues large and small.