Anderson East delivers amazing performance in Louisville with help from Andrew Combs.
There was a long line of fans excitedly waiting in the rain long before the doors opened at Headliners Music Hall to see the fantastic Anderson East. Tonite’s show was rescheduled from November because of a broken color bone Anderson suffered late last year.
Anderson wasted no time capitalizing on the excitement and energy in the room starting his show with a George Jackson cover of “Find ‘Em, Fool ‘Em and Forget ‘Em” that immediately had the room dancing.
Anderson East is touring in support of his recent album Delilah. His fifteen-song, more than ninety-minute main set was a mix of original songs from the album including “Only You,” “Lonely” and “Learning” and stirring and soulful covers that showcased his incredible vocal talents.
There were a number of memorable show moments including a raw and soulful rendition of “Keep the Fire Burning” from the Delilah album that was a definite show favorite. A wild and energetic cover of “Knock on Wood” by Eddie Floyd had the entire room jumping.
About mid-way thru the set, Anderson, now by himself on stage and with an acoustic guitar around his shoulder starts into a profound and moving “What a Woman Wants to Hear” that was fantastic; it was another great show moment.
Far from done, Anderson jumped into a rocking cover of the Faces song, “Stay with Me,” that drove the energy in the room to another level. A few songs later Anderson, introduces the next song saying, “We recently lost a hero. We want to perform a song by him, for him.” They launched into a David Bowie cover of “Rebel Rebel” that finished with Anderson on his knees, center stage ripping thru the final verses. It was a moving and powerful moment!
Their two song encore started out with Anderson and a handful of roses, which he tossed out to fans in the crowd before starting “All I’ll Ever Need,” which completed an outstanding evening of music.
After the show, Anderson was at the merch table, meeting fans, signing CDs and taking pictures with anyone who wanted one.
Opening the show tonite was the wonderful Nashville singer/songwriter, Andrew Combs. He combined classic country and contemporary pop tunes to fill his thirty-minute that set featured a number of original songs, including the sing-along “Emilyyyy.” Combs closed with a song his Mamma hates, “Too Stoned to Cry,” which proved to be an excellent complement for the evening’s music.