Anderson East showed fans the depth of his voice recently when he dropped his first official LP Delilah last summer via famed country producer Dave Cobb’s label. The swampy, soulful flavor he gleaned growing up near Muscle Shoals seeps out of the collection, which itself is a beautiful pastiche of American roots music. The same feeling comes across when East, who hails from Athens, Alabama, visits EW’s studio to perform a stripped-down version of his album track “Devil In Me” for out latest Basement Series recording.
“It’s about young lust, and reverence for the Lord. And all the things you shouldn’t be doing, mixing in with all the things you should be doing, I think,” East, who was born Michael Cameron Anderson, tells EW, introducing the sepia-toned soul-burner.
Speaking more broadly about how he creates, the 27-year-old says, “I don’t think there is really any kind of writing process. It’s just, you know, sit around and shoot the s–t with somebody and usually a song will fall out. There’s no real rhyme or reason for why any of it works. But I think people that have their own voice and uniqueness about their voice really inspires me. It’s just something that you try and get a little bit closer to — and I think in doing that you get a little bit closer to your own voice.”
See his bare version of “Devil In Me” above. Check out more Basement Sessions below. East kicks off his Devil In Me headlining tour at the end of January. A full list of dates is available on his website.