While he stands on his own as an artist, Anderson East’s presence in the limelight recently has been due his relationship with Miranda Lambert. His show at the Varsity Tuesday night certainly proves that any glamor that may rub off is well deserved.
First Was Andrew Combs, Nashville singer – songwriter and guitarist. Suffering from a Sinus Infection he told the crowd he was on a regimen of antibiotics and whiskey. His music is a blend of pop and country. His upbeat music takes the sorrow out of some his lyrics. His current album is “All these Dreams”. He also gets the title for the longest pronunciation of the word “Geeeeeetar” I have yet heard.
Anderson East took the stage and blew whatever the expectations the crowd had, right out of the water. The opening music was familiar but……… could it be? A really good cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain” and to top it off, soap bubbles were released from the ceiling. The effect backfired a bit as some soap bubbles got into East’s mouth, “taste like poison” he commented. He told the audience “I hope you brought your dancin’ shoes and plan on using them”. Anderson East certainly did, moving all over the stage and setting a dancing example. His set was a well planned mix of his own material and covers. His interaction with his fans was light, heartfelt and genuine. Overall a very entertaining evening.