Kasey Anderson

Kasey Anderson

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"[The Reckoning] delivers on the promise of 2004's Eric Ambel-produced Dead Roses -- and then some. A versatile and confident songwriter and singer, Anderson nails these hard-luck tales with grit and gumption." - No Depression

Biography

"An emerging and fascinating voice..."
- Copper Press

Previous Releases
Dead Roses (2004)

Current Project
The Reckoning - Release Date: Fall, 2007

After the release of Dead Roses, his 2004 album, Kasey Anderson found himself suddenly on the radar of critics nationwide. Publications from No Depression to Punk Planet praised Dead Roses and listed Anderson as "one to watch in the alt.country scene" (Punk Planet). While such positive critical response was not surprising given the quality of Anderson's work (Matt Ryan of The Village Voice listed Dead Roses as the #5 album of 2004), it did set expectations rather high when Anderson entered the studio to record the follow-up to Dead Roses.

Working once again with producer Eric "Roscoe" Ambel (The Bottle Rockets, Blue Rodeo), who helmed Dead Roses, 27-year-old Anderson's goal was simple and clear: to create characters that would resonate, clearly conveying the hope, rage and fear that Anderson saw in the lives of so many, regardless of culture or geography. The result is The Reckoning, an album that will undoubtedly expand and broaden Anderson's audience and leave a lasting impression on critics and listeners alike. While The Reckoning is not your typical "concept record," Anderson admits to a very strong thematic thread throughout the album. "These characters are all at odds with their circumstances, they're all in a position to make a choice for change," he says. "These songs are about the moments that lead to those choices, and the consequences of the decisions made."

The songs on The Reckoning reflect Anderson's reaction to what he has seen unfold before him in the time since the release of Dead Roses, both personally and in a larger context. From the album's title track, a sprawling, politically charged dirge set against a backdrop of feedback and pounding drums, to the beautifully sparse, piano-driven closing track, "For St. Ann's," Anderson puts a human face to problems too often expressed in rhetorical terms. The Reckoning is a singular songwriting achievement, which highlights Anderson's growth as a writer, and his dedication to weaving evocative, character-driven lyrics into a broad sonic landscape. With the help of Ambel and a cast of musical all-stars including Keith Christopher (Billie Joe Shaver, The Georgia Satellites), Catherine Popper (Ryan Adams and the Cardinals), and Rob Arthur (Peter Frampton), Anderson has crafted an album that expands on the raw intensity of Dead Roses while showing his progression and maturity as a songwriter and musician.

In short, with The Reckoning, Anderson has delivered on the promise and potential shown on Dead Roses; after spending the last few years sharing the stage with the likes of Steve Earle, Jesse Malin, Marah, and the Supersuckers, The Reckoning offers evidence that Anderson is well on his way to earning a place alongside those names. The songwriter Copper Press referred to as "an emerging and fascinating voice" continues to prove he is indeed one to watch, and one we'll be watching for a long time to come.

Lyrics

Buddy Bolden's Blues

Written By: Kasey Anderson

hey tom, you got any whiskey?
this bottle's spent
i been out there in the rain
just tryin' to figure out where canal street ends
i stopped over by emma's
boy, we had a ball
walked in with a handful of money, left two minutes later with nothin' at all
all i got is my horn
hey, tom, let me play you this song
i know it's gettin' late, i won't keep you long

found this horn in a gutter
cleaned it up, made it work
now everybody comes 'round to hear me playin' "pepper rag" down in lincoln park
but my head won't stop poundin'
and death's been bangin' around my dreams
and every time i blow, i swear i hear my little babies scream
and sometimes i can't breath
the air gets thick in my mouth
so open up that window, let the breeze blow out

i can finally feel that whiskey
it's runnin' around my brain
so tonight i'm gonna walk back out into that storm and let it carry me away
tell nora i love her
tell hattie goodbye
and if my mama asks, just tell her i'm doin' fine

Discography

Dead Roses (October, 2004)
The Reckoning (September, 2007)

Set List

Typical set: 40-45 minutes

Typical setlist:

Original Songs
This Old Town (Dead Roses)
Don't Look Back (The Reckoning)
Last Thin Line (The Reckoning)
Red Shadows (The Reckoning)
Long Way Home (The Reckoning)
Hometown Boys (The Reckoning)
You Don't Live Here Anymore (The Reckoning)
Buddy Bolden's Blues (The Reckoning)
Emaline (Dead Roses)

Covers:
To Live's to Fly (T. Van Zandt)
Play it All Night Long (W. Zevon)
I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man (Prince)