Anderson East, 'Satisfy Me'

April 6, 2015 4:00 PM

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Often when young singers connect with soul or blues legacies, they don angels' wings — reaching for transcendent big notes within arrangements as clean and full of echo as a megachurch. Not Anderson East. The Athens, Alabama, native, who's lived in Nashville since his days at Middle Tennessee State University, has a natural rasp in his voice and a predilection for the sexy, gritty side of roots music. East started as an acoustic guitar strummer doing songwriters' round robins near Music Row, but after working with Sturgill Simpson's and Jason Isbell's producer Dave Cobb, he's turned toward the funky sounds that grew up just down the road from where he did. His new recordings come from Muscle Shoals, Alabama — and it's a pretty perfect fit.

"Satisfy Me" is one of five live tracks East recorded at Fame, the same studio where his hero Wilson Pickett laid down classic tracks like "In the Midnight Hour." Working with a stellar band that includes Jeremy Fetzer of Steelism on guitar, Humming House singer Kristen Rogers on backing vocals, Sug...

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