An update to the 2021 Sister Cities Smokeout: Anderson East has replaced previously announced The Infamous Stringdusters on Sunday, August 29 and Your Smith has been announced as the final band for Sunday, August 29.
SISTER CITIES SMOKEOUT
SATURDAY, AUGUST 28 & SUNDAY, AUGUST 29, 2021 | 3 P.M. Gates
“Maybe We Never Die”, Anderson East’s third release for Elektra/Low Country Sound takes the Alabama born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter’s seductively vintage voice in a decidedly fresh direction. The 12 tracks flow together with an overarching sense of urgency but maintain distinct musical boundaries. The energy toggles between a hunger for vulnerability in togetherness and a clinging to solitude as a romantic self-defense. There is consternation with the speed and volume at which the world operates and solace to be found in the simple act of getting up and going. And the beguiling title track, with its woozy strings swirling around East’s celestial falsetto as it curls towards the ceiling like smoke is, as they say, a whole mood; a sense of a single night’s dusk-to-sunrise contemplation. Collaborating once again with Dave Cobb along with longtime bandleader and now co-producer Philip Towns, East has found an enticing new avenue, one that maintains a connection to his past but keeps his eyes on the road ahead.
“Maybe We Never Die” is East’s first new music since 2018’s breakthrough album, “Encore”, which featured the Grammy-nominated #1 AAA radio single, “All On My Mind.” Heralded by critics, The New York Times praised “Encore” as, “…an often lustrous revisiting of raucous Southern soul, rousingly delivered and pinpoint precise. He has a voice full of extremely careful scrape and crunch, but his howls never feel unhinged,” while Rolling Stone declared, “On Encore, East’s influences meld seamlessly, stacking the album with Stax-worthy R&B grooves, gospel-blues ooohs and aaahs, surging keys and blasting brass.” Known for his magnetic live performances, East and his band have performed sold-out shows worldwide and have been featured on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “CBS This Morning Saturday,” NBC’s “TODAY” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” PBS’ “Austin City Limits” and more.
Minneapolis native Your Smith (aka Caroline Smith) relocated to Los Angeles after signing to Pulse Recording (DRAM, Miike Snow, Gallant, et. al). Inspired by the history of Laurel Canyon and moving through the city that’s been immortalized in music throughout the ages, Smith concocted her own sound, bringing together funk / R&B “Minneapolis Sounds” of her roots and the classic songwriting of her folk heroes. Your Smith released her debut EP “Bad Habit”, in August 2019 on Neon Gold Records (HAIM, Christine & The Queens, et. al) and concluded a US headline tour in September followed by international dates supporting RHYE.
Your Smith’s latest release is “Wild Wild Woman” (2019). The EP was followed by her first headlining tour selling out shows across the country.
Great tickets are available at JadePresents.com or by calling (866) 300-8300 or at the Tickets300 box office (302 N. University Drive in Fargo; open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday).
Sister Cities Smokeout is part of the exciting 2021-2022 Bluestem Summer Concert Series lineup presented by Essentia Health:
Cody Johnson | August 12
Cole Swindell with Jon Langston | August 15
Sister Cities Smokeout – Lake Street Dive, Anderson East, Whiskey Myers, Aaron Watson and more | August 28-29
NEEDTOBREATHE – INTO THE MYSTERY TOUR with Switchfoot and The New Respects | September 23