At The Melting Point in Athens, the Georgia college town well-known for its music scene, Satellite Farm recently caught up with Edward David Anderson while promoting his solo debut album, “Lies and Wishes,” produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos.
He spoke of the transition from being a part of the band, Backyard Tire Fire, to performing as a solo artist. For now, multi-instrumental Anderson is touring as a one-man-show, which works well with his new sound self-described as more acoustic and direct. “These are the most personal tunes I’ve ever written… I’ve written introspective stuff before, but not like this. This one is it, this one is me.” (AL.com)
It’s no wonder, with the break up of his band, the deaths of both his mother and mother-in-law, that this body of work would be described as confessional songs, “overflowing with real emotion” (No Depression) “combining the historic textures of Americana and folk with a modern approach to rhythm and tempo” (Absolute Punk) “deep, emotional intensity at its core, it’s Nick Drake-influenced finger picking rolling gently throughout.” (The Barn Presents) As Anderson puts it, “The album is a collection of experiences that I had to go through to get here.”
And where is he? As his label, The Royal Potato Family, states: Edward David Anderson “lives a simple life spending winters in an RV alongside the Gulf of Mexico in lower Alabama.” This new beginning – getting away from the familiar, processing difficult memories and finding peace by the beach – may seem simplistic but it has produced an honest, daring and emotionally complex debut album with, as No Depression writes, “(a) very original sound to it, which is refreshing this day in age.” And Satellite Farm looks forward to keeping up with what Edward David Anderson does next. Until then check him out here in this SF Exclusive: