Edward David Anderson and Chasing Butterflies Reviewed

Read our review of Chasing Butterflies by Edward David Anderson

Edward David Anderson

 

By Rob Dickens

 

 

 

 

 

Edward David Anderson might not be that well known to many of you.

But that should change given what he has been able to deliver with Chasing Butterflies, his third solo studio record (released this October on his own Black Dirt Records).

Anderson has been writing songs, making records, and playing shows for a living for more than two decades.  A gifted songwriter who spent his formative years fronting an American Midwest band Backyard Tire Fire, and penned eight albums for the band.  Since the group’s hiatus in 2011, Anderson has continued to write and tour as a solo artist, with his solo debut Lies & Wishes out in 2014.

It was through a tip from a friend that Anderson connected with Grammy Award winner Jimmy Nutt (The SteelDrivers) from the historic Muscle Shoals region.  A natural rapport between the two developed quickly which led to Jimmy’s NuttHouse Recording Studio in Sheffield Alabama.  Diverging from past albums Anderson used local session musicians for his backing band. “I felt the way to get the most authentic Shoals sound was to play with people who live and work there”, he said.  Nutt played bass and brought in Jon Davis (Dylan LeBlanc) on drums, Brad Kuhnon keys, Todd Beene (Lucero) on pedal steel and Kimi Samson on (violin).

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The core of the ten-track album was cut live in just a few days with minimal overdubbing, making it feel both cohesive and human.  “We brought in strings on a few and pedal steel on one, but didn’t want to get too carried away” Anderson recalls.

The chemistry from the commingling of Anderson with Nutt and then the studio players leaps out from the speakers.  The quick, studied immersion they all experienced in the studio is another bristling, tangible benefit.

It’s easy to picture Anderson totally living the experiences in the narratives here and his wry and candid insights educate and amuse us all.

Key tracks are the disturbing epic tale of race and injustice (with majestic, swirling fiddle) in “The Ballad of Lemuel Penn”, the brutally honest “Bad Tattoos” (“The story of my life’s written on my skin”) and the hypnotic “Crosses” with its rousing and extended instrumental section closing out the track.

On Chasing Butterflies, Edward David Anderson commands our attention with his accomplished songwriting and sublime presentation.  He certainly has mine.  It’s a triumph.

Here’s a sound clip of “Crosses”:

 

 

“EDA has always been one of my favorite songwriters and singers, and on this record he has beautifully managed to capture the elusive dichotomy that is the American South – a combination of mystery, darkness and relaxed geniality. Great album.”Steve Berlin, Los Lobos

 

 

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