Californian singer-songwriter, Eric Anders, released his ten-song anti-Trump album, Eleven Nine, in the Spring of 2017. He also just released his new EP, Recoveries. He is donating all of the album proceeds from Eleven Nine to Lambda Legal. True money-where-your-mouth-is activism at it’s best.
Eric got into writing and recording songs in his late thirties and then tried to make up for lost time by releasing four critically acclaimed CDs in four years: Not At One (2003), Songs For Wayward Days (2004), More Regrets (2005), and Tethered to the Ground (2006). After taking a five year break to get married and have a few children, he released Remains In Me (2011) followed by Big World Abide: The Best of Eric Anders (2016).
Whereas Eric’s early releases were all recorded in Los Angeles, Eric’s later work would all be recorded in Seattle. In 2006, Eric and his producer/guitarist, Matt Brown presented their cover of the Violent Femmes’ “Blister in the Sun” to the song’s writer Gordon Gano. Music critic, Mark Wilson, called the cover “astounding” stating that “With some approved lyric tweaking, Anders’ slowed-down, ethereal take turns the song from an 80’s party anthem to a tale of romantic exhaustion and resignation.”
In addition to Eric’s songs being heard on radio all over the world, his song “So Wrong” from Tethered to the Ground was used in the 2007 Michael Schroeder film, Man In the Chair, starring Academy Award, Christopher Plummer. Eric was inspired by Michael Apted’s 1992 documentary, Incident at Oglala, to write the politically charged songs about Native American’s history of oppression in the U.S.
On 11/9/2016, a day that will live in infamy, Eric, now an established family man in his fifties, knew he had to take a break from promoting Big World Abide and get to work on some new songs to make his third political CD: an anti-Trump ten song LP, which he decided to name Eleven Nine after that day and in reference to that other cataclysmic day for America, 9/11. Read the featured article on our city site, MobAngeles, here.