The new release culminates a breakout year for East since the release of his widely praised album, Delilah, which is available now on Low Country Sound/Elektra Records (iTunes). In celebration of the record, Anderson and his band will embark on an extensive headlining tour next week, including sold-out shows in New York, Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, Nashville, Birmingham and more. Tickets are now on-sale at andersoneast.com.
“Learning” is the third track unveiled from Southern Family—a new compilation produced and conceived by Producer of the Year Grammy Nominee Dave Cobb—which will be releasedMarch 18 on Low Country Sound/Elektra Records and is now available for pre-order. Each pre-order comes with an immediate download of “Learning” as well as Miranda Lambert’s “Sweet By and By” and John Paul White’s “Simple Song.”
In addition to East, Lambert and White, Southern Family features an all-star line up of artists including Jason Isbell, Zac Brown, Morgane and Chris Stapleton, Jamey Johnson, Holly Williams, Brent Cobb, Brandy Clark, Shooter Jennings and Rich Robinson. Recorded in Nashville throughout the fall of 2015, the album features ten original songs and two covers including Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton’s rendition of “You Are My Sunshine.”
Comprised of songs rooted in country, blues, folk and rock, the record is inspired by the Civil War concept album White Mansions, written by British performer Paul Kennerley, produced by Glyn Johns and featuring musicians like Waylon Jennings and Eric Clapton.
Of his vision behind the project, Cobb comments, “Somebody said, ‘You should make a concept record, ’ and I kind of giggled about it for a second. But, then I thought, man, wouldn’t it be amazing to have all my friends on one record and really find a common thread? Southern Family, about their mothers, grandparents, kids, siblings, these detailed stories about how they grew up and their families and the things that make them who they are.” He adds, “This really encapsulates Nashville right now. There’s something to it. There’s something in the air. There’s a lot of great things about Nashville. There’s something here that doesn’t exist anywhere else in my lifetime. I’m sure this happened in London in the ‘60s and California in the ‘70s and maybe New York in the late ’50s or early ‘60s. But I think, right now, Nashville is the home of music.”
Based in Nashville, Cobb has produced records for some of the most influential artists over the last few years, including critically acclaimed releases from Stapleton, Isbell, Johnson, Jennings, Lindi Ortega and Waylon Jennings. In addition to being nominated for Producer of the Year at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, Cobb is also nominated for Album of the Year (Stapleton’sTraveller), Best Country Album (Stapleton’s Traveller) and Best Americana Album (Isbell’sSomething More Than Free). Previous awards include the 2015 CMA Award for Album of the Year (Stapleton’s Traveller) and the 2014 Americana Music Award for Album of the Year (Isbell’s Southeastern) as well as previous Grammy nominations in 2011 and 2007 for Best Country Album (Johnson’s The Guitar Song and That Lonesome Song).
1. John Paul White “Simple Song”
2. Jason Isbell “God Is A Working Man”
3. Brent Cobb “Down Home”
4. Miranda Lambert “Sweet By and By”
5. Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton “You Are My Sunshine”
6. Zac Brown “Grandma’s Garden”
7. Jamey Johnson “Momma’s Table”
8. Anderson East “Learning”
9. Holly Williams “Settle Down”
10. Brandy Clark “I Cried”
11. Shooter Jennings “Can You Come Over”?
12. Rich Robinson (featuring The Settles Connection) “The Way Home”
February 4—Richmond, VA—The Broadberry*
February 5—Baltimore, MD—Sound Stage Baltimore*
February 6—Charlottesville, VA—The Southern*
February 9—Vienna, VA—Jammin’ Java* (SOLD OUT)
February 11—Philadelphia, PA—World Cafe Live*
February 12—New York, NY—Bowery Ballroom* (SOLD OUT)
February 13—Boston, MA—Brighton Music Hall* (SOLD OUT)
February 14—Northampton, MA—Pearl Street*
February 16—Pittsburgh, PA—The Club at Stage AE*
February 18—Cincinnati, OH—20th Century Theater*
February 19—Indianapolis, IN—The Hi-Fi* (SOLD OUT)
February 20—Milwaukee, WI—Shank Hall*
February 21—Evanston, IL—SPACE* (SOLD OUT)
February 23—Minneapolis, MN—Varsity Theater*
February 24—Des Moines, IA—Vaudeville Mews*
February 25—Kansas City, MO—The Riot Room*
February 27—Denver, CO—Larimer Lounge† (SOLD OUT)
February 29—Salt Lake City, UT—The State Room†
March 3—Spokane, WA—The Bartlett†
March 4—Seattle, WA—Tractor Tavern†
March 5—Vancouver, BC—The Cobalt†
March 6—Portland, OR—Mississippi Studios†
March 8—Sacramento, CA—Harlow’s†
March 10—Mill Valley, CA—Sweetwater Music Hall†
March 11—San Francisco, CA—The Independent†
March 12—West Hollywood, CA—The Troubadour† (SOLD OUT)
March 13—Solana Beach, CA—Belly Up Tavern†
March 19—Nashville, TN—Basement East‡ (SOLD OUT)
March 24—Louisville, KY—Headliners Music Hall*
March 25— Atlanta, GA—Terminal West at King Plow Arts Center*
March 26— Birmingham, AL—WorkPlay Theatre* (SOLD OUT)
June 9-12—Manchester, TN—Bonnaroo
July 15-17—Louisville, KY—Forecastle Festival
*with special guest Andrew Combs
†with special guest Dylan Leblanc
‡with special guest Brent Cobb