Edward David Anderson returns with his second solo album, Lower Alabama: The Loxley Sessions. The nine-track effort is the most stripped-down and roots-based album to date by Anderson who's also known for his work with the late great midwest rock band Backyard Tire Fire. To capture the songs and sounds he was hearing this time around, he recruited producer Anthony Crawford—former Neil Young and Steve Winwood bandmate and current member of Alabama alt-country band, Willie Sugarcapps. Together they'd work at Crawford's Admiral Bean studio in the rural town of Loxley, Alabama, close to the Gulf Coast where Anderson, a Bloomington, Illinois native, spends his winters writing and performing.The resulting collection 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 from Crawford’s wife, singer Savana Lee. Listen to the opening strains of "Firefly" and be transported to a lonesome highway, the endless fields stretching out ahead. There's"Sentimental in the Morning," a porch shuffle that knows it can rock with the best of them, but displays self-restraint, or the vintage outlaw rock 'n' roll storytelling of "Jimmy & Bob & Jack" that holds on to his Chi-Town accent, but rolls out like Southern Gothic. Hear the easy breeze of "Sadness" rustle through the trees, having picked up a bayou sensibility as it blows through, or the devastating honesty of "Cried My Eyes Dry," a song of loss and carrying on.Music, by its nature, is a migratory creature. It moves as it moves, often powerfully, through people and places, communities and cultures, created and carried on currents of electricity and air. Edward David Anderson is one of its modern makers, a rock and roll veteran from the cornfields of Illinois, who went into the woods of coastal Alabama and found musical serendipity, emerging with Lower Alabama: The Loxley Sessions—a timeless, unvarnished beauty of an album.
Anthony Crawford is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer who has worked with many well-known musicians in the studio, onstage and as a writer.Although born in Birmingham, Nashville became Anthony's home, where he performed live at Opryland, toured with the Sonny James Band, and appeared on television’s Hee Haw and The Ralph Emery Show.After traveling throughout the Southeast playing various string instruments, his opportunities expanded to include tours with Neil Young. In between tours with Young backing bands The Shocking Pinks, International Harvesters, and Electric Band, Anthony also toured with Steve Winwood, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Pegi Young Band, and Nicolette Larson.
Songs.Songs are the key. Miles Nielsen has been writing them for as long as he can remember. Good, bad, great- yeah he's covered all those bases.For some, music is something in the background, or in the corner of the bar, or merely something that lives on the other side of the dial- a magic diversion created to pass the time in the car. For Miles Nielsen, music is as much a part of his life as the act of taking a breath, every experience, every conversation, every dream is a potential song in the making.There are millions of people writing, recording and releasing music in today's world of immediate return. Learn three chords, turn on the computer and you have a worldwide release. There are very few, however, who are writing music that makes you immediately wish there was "more"- another song to make you turn up the volume , another nugget of melody or lyric that you can find some part of to make your own. Miles's songs provide that sense of yearning and ownership. You want to have another record, another song- you want to hit rewind...you want to know more about this world created in song by Mr. Nielsen. A captivating wordsmith, instrumentalist, and creator of hooks- rare indeed, but present in the person of Miles Nielsen.It would be hard to imagine that the years spent honing his craft throughout the bars and music halls of the Midwest, were not leading to something bigger, something permanent. His latest release, Miles Nielsen presents the Rusted Hearts certainly occupies a space of permanence- these songs are not mere throwaway pop songs- but, rather explorations and declarations of a mastery of style and substance, destined to fall into regular rotation on the turntables of fans new and old for years to come.What is next? Like with any other prediction- no one can say. Gifts like Miles's come along very infrequently, and one can only hope that his ability to be so "in the now" -listening for the songs spoken in the everyday world will continue to grow. Then maybe that "more" we are looking for, will be given to us via that very key we yearn for- ...through Songs.
Since 2003, Illinois-based singer-songwriter Dan Hubbard has released five albums and toured extensively through the Midwest and both coasts. In the process, he’s built a strong fan base, become a refined songwriter and earned critical acclaim for his efforts. With its foundation in the classic sounds of Tom Petty, Van Morrison, Neil Young and Jackson Browne, Hubbard’s music incorporates folk, country, blues and even a little funk. With a dynamic and powerful voice, Hubbard carries songs of love, loss and soul searching (and occasionally getting drunk enough to forget it all). Like the influential front-men before him, Hubbard delivers a message that people can relate to in good times and bad.In 2008, the Humadors joined Hubbard on the road. That fall, they released their acclaimed self-titled debut- a collection of songs showcasing graceful lyrics, vibrant melodies and innovative sound. Their 2010 release entitled “See You Again” received national airplay on over 120 radio stations, and climbed to #190 on the AMA charts. Dan Hubbard and The Humadors are currently touring the Midwest, and are set to release their most anticipated album to date entitled “The Love Show” in May of 2011.