Nashville singer/songwriter Anderson East and Northern Irish singer/songwriter Foy Vance are getting ready to hit the road for their stripped-down, doubled-billed “12 Rounds Tour.” The tour will see the duo share the stage, swap songs, and cover each other’s tunes at Walker Theatre on Feb. 21.
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Having made fast friends more than a decade ago when the pair metbackstage at the Edmonton Folk Festival, and within minutes, East joined Vance onstage for his set, the two men have kept close tabs on one another ever since.
“And I always thought, if I ever got a chance to do something with him I’d love to make it happen,” says Vance.
Earlier this year, East floated the possibility of touring together, and Vance immediately signed on.
"Man, I’d love to do something outside of my normal wheelhouse, be a bit more creative, strip it back a bit,” East recalls thinking upon bringing the idea to Vance.
Earlier this year, GRAMMY-nominated Anderson East released his first-ever live album Alive In Tennessee, via Low Country Sound/Elektra. Recorded at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium during his sold out Encore World Tour, Alive In Tennessee captures all the energy and excitement of East’s acclaimed live performances, highlighted by electrifying renditions of songs from his 2015 Low Country Sound/Elektra debut album, Delilah, as well as the complete tracklisting from last year’s breakthrough Encore, including “This Too Shall Last,” “Girlfriend,” “King For A Day”, and “All On My Mind,” which earned a GRAMMY nomination for “Best American Roots Performance.”
The release of Encore was preceded by a series of breakout years for East following his widely praised debut album, Delilah.
In addition to “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Ellen,” and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” East has also performed on “TODAY,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” “CBS This Morning Saturday” and Daryl Hall’s “Live from Daryl’s House” and has lent his talents to several notable projects. He’s been featured on Dave Cobb’s Southern Family compilation, contributed a song to Brandi Carlile’s Cover Stories LP and crafted the original song, “What Would It Take,” for the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack.
Foy Vance just wrapped U.S. and UK/IE tours in support of his two new companion albums From Muscle Shoals and To Memphis, released this summer via Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records/Elektra. While digging through demo tracks, he came across a handful of songs he had labeled ‘Soul’ that provided the genesis for From Muscle Shoals, and ‘Americana’ that formed the basis of To Memphis.
Foy recently shared stunning performance clips of songs including “You Love Are My Only” and “Pain Never Hurt Me Like Love” from FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Al., and “I Won’t Let You Fall” and “Malibu Jane” from Memphis' Sun Studios.
Vance will release a new studio album in 2020, a more traditional follow-up to The Wild Swan, which contained the BBC Radio 2 playlisted singles “Coco”, “Upbeat Feelgood”, and “Noam Chomsky Is A Soft Revolution”, and saw Vance perform on “TODAY” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden”. Vance’s previous album, Joy Of Nothing, won the inaugural Northern Ireland Music Prize for best album in 2013.