Anderson East will headline North Liberty Blues & BBQ presented Veridian Credit Union on July 8, 2017, organizers announced today. The performance comes between sold-out tour stops with Chris Stapleton throughout the US.
East will take the University of Iowa Community Credit Union main stage at 9 p.m., capping an all-day lineup of exciting blues and blues-inspired music in North Liberty’s Centennial Park. Entry to the festival, including live music, remains free.
East learned to sing and play guitar at 11 years old. He is the grandson of a southern Baptist preacher, while his mother played piano in the church. After spending much of his time touring and engineering records, he was discovered by Dave Cobb at Nashville’s Bluebird Café.
His debut album on Low Country Sound/Elektra, entitled Delilah, was released on July 10, 2015. Before the release, East started touring nationally in January 2015 as direct support for Sturgill Simpson. In addition to his own sold-out headline shows, he has toured with Brandi Carlile, The Lone Bellow, Jason Isbell, and John Butler Trio. “Satisfy Me” was the first single released off the record. It instantly went top 10 viral on Spotify and received regular radio airplay. NPR music called Delilah an “eclectic, fully formed debut album.” Daytrotter wrote, “It’s one of those 10-song records that’s damned near perfect, traveling through the old, smoky bars of older days and down the twisted back roads of love.” On July 15, 2015, East made his television debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and also appeared on CBS This Morning Saturday in support of his album.
North Liberty Blues & BBQ wouldn’t be possible without its wonderful community sponsors including Veridian Credit Union, Adam Schechinger State Farm, University of Iowa Community Credit Union, Junge Ford North Liberty, Shive-Hattery, MidWestOne Bank, North Liberty Optimists, FOX Engineering, Hills Bank and Trust Company, Johnson County Refuse, JM Swank, Rockwell Collins, US Bank, Urban Acres, Casey’s General Store, Port O Jonny and the City of North Liberty.