Anderson East made a big impression on me around the time of the release if his previous album Delilah. I caught him a few times between early 2015, when he performed at the Bowery Ballroom opening for Sturgill Simpson, and early 2016 when he headlined the same venue. He just released the follow up, Encore, on January 9th and it has been getting some fairly positive reviews. It sticks close the the musical path Delilah carved, as PopMatters notes, “the album’s soulful collection of tunes… [is] delivered with confidence and poise.” However, I’m not as keen on it as the previous one as a few songs sag it down while the previous album was strong throughout (if not entirely cohesive).
But, he’s still a really great live performer and when he came to New York for two shows, including a release date show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, I knew I had to check it out. His interactions and energy with his band, and guitarist Scottie in particular, are just awesome. They are a family having fun. Photos from his set are below — I decided not to move around the venue and get a variety of shots as I was able to get a spot close to the stage, and in-between Anderson and Scottie, early so I didn’t want to leave and miss a moment. And there were many between the two, including the Scottie leaning back on Anderson and just general playing off each other while jamming.