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Anderson East’s highly anticipated new album, Encore, is out today on Low Country Sound/Elektra Records(stream/purchase here).

Anderson East will continue his extensive “Encore World Tour 2018” this fall including his debut headline show at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium with special guest Brent Cobb on September 28. Additional dates include Santa Cruz’s The Catalyst, New Orleans’ Joy Theater, Richmond’s The National and Baltimore’s Soundstage. Tickets go on-sale this Friday, April 20 at 10:00am local time. See below for complete details.

These shows continue a breakthrough year for East following the release of his critically acclaimed new album,Encore—out now on Low Country Sound/Elektra Records(purchase here). Watch recent performances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”

Critical praise for Encore

“…an often lustrous revisiting of raucous Southern soul, rousingly delivered and pinpoint precise. He has a voice full of extremely careful scrape and crunch, but his howls never feel unhinged.” —The New York Times

“…drawing inspiration from the sophistication of Donny Hathaway’s compositions and arrangements, the grandness of Van Morrison’s Caledonia Soul Orchestra and the dashing song interpretation of Joe Cocker.” NPR Music

“On Encore, East’s influences meld seamlessly, stacking the album with Stax-worthy R&B grooves, gospel-blues ooohs and aaahs, surging keys and blasting brass.” Rolling Stone 

“…highlights an exciting singer-songwriter effortlessly able to blend elements of rock, blues, country and soul. East sounds both deeply classic and yet fresh…East’s voice is a thing of wonder, marbled like a slab of beef that’s been drenched in bourbon.” —Associates Press 

“…this remains a sharp, soul-drenched, organically based set that solidifies the R&B roots at the heart of East’s talents…The songs are terrific, East sells them with his gritty, committed vocals and Encore is poised to push the talented singer-songwriter over the top and into the mainstream.” —American Songwriter

“One of Nashville’s most promising new talents.” —Billboard

“Southern R&B maestro” —Entertainment Weekly

“He possesses a marvelous growling tenor that he nestles into comfortably and pushes to its absolute limits when the mood or music pushes him.” —Paste

“…Anderson East ploughs the soulful roots of vintage R&B, taking up the banner that Marvin Gaye, Wilson Pickett and Al Green once held high…there’s little doubt that, somewhere, the Big O himself, Otis Redding, is offering his hearty nod of approval.” —Relix

“A brassy, raspy love-letter to the soul of the late 1960s and the early 1970s…Encore is impressively faithful.” —UPROXX

Encore was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb and recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio along with additional production at House of Blues and Farmland Studio. The album features eleven songs, including “All On My Mind,” “King For A Day” and “Girlfriend” as well as renditions of songs by Ted Hawkins and Willie Nelson.

The release of Encore culminates a series of breakout years for East following his widely praised debut album, Delilah. In addition to “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Ellen,” and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” East has also performed on “TODAY,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” “CBS This Morning Saturday” and Daryl Hall’s “Live from Daryl’s House” and has lent his talents to several notable projects. He’s been featured on Dave Cobb’s Southern Family compilation, contributed a song to Brandi Carlile’s Cover Stories LP and crafted the original song, “What Would It Take,” for the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack.

For more information, please contact Asha Goodman615.320.7753, or Carla Sacks 212.741.1000 at Sacks & Co.

1. King For A Day (Anderson East, Chris Stapleton, Morgane Stapleton)
2. This Too Shall Last (Anderson East, Natalie Hemby, Aaron Raitiere)
3. House Is A Building (Anderson East, Natalie Hemby, Aaron Raitiere)
4. Sorry You’re Sick (Ted Hawkins)
5. If You Keep Leaving Me (Anderson East, Chris Stapleton, Aaron Raitiere)
6. Girlfriend (Anderson East, Dave Cobb, Aaron Raitiere, Tim Bergling)
7. Surrender (Anderson East, Aaron Raitiere, Adam Hood)
8. All On My Mind (Anderson East, Ed Sheeran, Johnny McDaid, Aaron Raitiere)
9. Without You (Anderson East, Steve McEwan)
10. Somebody Pick Up My Pieces (Willie Nelson)
11. Cabinet Door (Anderson East, Jillia Jackson)

*with Devon Gilfillian
†with Mt. Joy
‡with Jade Bird
§with Kaleo
#with special guest Brent Cobb 

BOLD on-sale this Friday, April 20 at 10:00am local time

April 17 /// Lexington, KY /// Manchester Music Hall*
April 18 /// Asheville, NC /// Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall* (SOLD-OUT)
April 20 /// Charleston, SC /// Charleston Music Hall†
April 21 /// Charlotte, NC /// The Underground† (SOLD-OUT)
April 22 /// Raleigh, NC /// Lincoln Theatre†
April 24 /// Charlottesville, VA /// Jefferson Theater†
April 26 /// Macon, GA /// Cox Capitol Theatre†
April 27 /// Knoxville, TN /// Bijou Theater† (SOLD-OUT)
April 28 /// Chattanooga, TN /// Revelry Room† (SOLD-OUT)
May 4 /// Alexandria, LA /// Alex River Fete 2018
May 11 /// Louisville, KY /// Headliner’s Music Hall‡
May 12 /// Indianapolis, IN /// The Vogue‡
May 13 /// Detroit, MI /// The Shelter‡
May 15 /// Madison, WI /// Majestic Theatre‡ (SOLD-OUT)
May 17 /// Minneapolis, MN /// Fine Line Music Café
May 18 /// Chicago, IL /// Thalia Hall‡ (SOLD-OUT)
May 20 /// Gulf Shores, AL /// Hangout Festival 2018
May 29 /// Manchester, UK /// Night & Day Café
May 30 /// London, UK /// The Jazz Café
June 1 /// Paris, France /// Café de la Danse
June 2 /// Amsterdam, Netherlands /// Paradiso Noord
June 3 /// Cologne, Germany /// Stadtgarten
June 5 /// Munich, Germany /// Ampere/Muffatwerk
June 7 /// Copenhagen, Denmark /// Dr Koncerthuset
June 8 /// Stockholm, Sweden /// Kagelbanan Sodra Teatern
June 9 /// Falkenberg, Sweden /// Hvitan
June 12 /// Gothenburg, Sweden /// Pustervik
June 13 /// Oslo, Norway /// Rockerfeller
June 14 /// Bergen, Norway /// Bergenfest
June 15-17 /// Hunter, NY /// Mountain Jam Festival 2018
June 20 /// Morrison, CO /// Red Rocks Amphitheatre§
August 2-5 /// Chicago, IL /// Lollapalooza 2018
August 8 /// Fargo, ND /// Sanctuary Events Center
August 10 /// Saskatoon, Canada /// Louis’
August 12 /// Calgary, Canada /// Commonwealth Bar & Stage
August 15 /// Billings, MT /// The Pub Station
August 21 /// Santa Cruz, CA /// The Catalyst
August 22 /// San Luis Obispo, CA /// Fremont Theatre
August 23 /// Valley Center, CA /// Harrah’s Resort SoCal
August 27 /// Chico, CA /// The Big Room @ Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
September 11 /// Bloomington, IN /// Bluebird Nightclub
September 12 /// Bloomington, IL /// The Castle Theatre
September 14 /// Grand Rapids, MI /// Elevation at the Intersection
September 15 /// Fort Wayne, IN /// The Clyde Theatre
September 28 /// Nashville, TN /// Ryman Auditorium#
October 5 /// New Orleans, LA /// Joy Theater
October 6 /// Mobile, AL /// Soul Kitchen
October 7 /// Tuscaloosa, AL /// Druid City Music Hall
October 13 /// Fort Lauderdale, FL /// Revolution Line
October 16 /// Jacksonville, FL /// Mavericks Live
October 17 /// Augusta, GA /// Sky City
October 19 /// Richmond, VA /// The National
October 20 /// Baltimore, MD /// Soundstage
October 21 /// Ardmore, PA /// Ardmore Music Hall

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“Claws” Season 2 Red Carpet Premiere in Atlanta Ga



Several fans and various media outlets had an opportunity to meet with the cast of Claws for their season 2 red carpet premiere. The Claws cast consist of Niecy Nash, Jimmie Jean Louis, Karrueche and more. The event took place on May19, 2018 at the Regal’s movie theater at Atlantic Station at 6p.m

I had  the pleasure of speaking with both Jimmie Jean Louis who is a Haitian actor and model best known for his role as “the Haitian” on the NBC television series Heroes; and  received  the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor In Leading Role, and is now apart of one of the new and hottest tv shows, Claws. During the Claws red carpet, Mr. Louis gave a bit of insight on the obstacles he had to come over come due to being a black man from another country entering into the entertainment industry, he said he believed this industry was his way out of poverty so he took it.

I also had the pleasure speaking with the gorgeous, Emmy Award winning actress, Niecy Nash. She too expressed her opinion on overcoming obstacles in such a competitive industry. “You have obstacles in any industry as a black woman but you have to have intuitiveness, believe what God told you to do in your life and push forward with that thing no matter what,” Niecy responded. The actress further explained that’s what she did, and then ended with a word of advice by simply stating, “Make sure you know the difference between the call over your life and a hobby.”

In conclusion, both actors were filled with energy and not only gave insight about some of their personal life views but expressed their thrill for the second season of Claws; which, will air on Sunday, June 10 at 9/8c, the network announced on Thursday. Neither actors spoke solely on the new season of Claws to save from spilling the tea. So be on the lookout. It’s a show you don’t want to miss.

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