Every winter, singer-songwriter Edward David Anderson leaves his home in chilly Illinois and lives in an RV along the Gulf of Mexico in lower Alabama. While the climate provides a respite from harsh Midwestern blizzards, the change in scenery also provides Anderson with a creative spark.

This past winter, the former member of Backyard Tire Fire realized there was something serendipitous about his annual journey to the south: he learned that producer Anthony Crawford – former sideman to Neil Young – lived just minutes from where he was staying in Loxley, Ala. “I sort of couldn't believe it, you know?" said Anderson. "I knew this guy, I knew who he was. I had seen him play with Neil and was familiar with his work."

It was an easy decision for Anderson to team up with Crawford for his second solo album, Lower Alabama: The Loxley Sessions. The follow-up to last year's Lies & Wishes, the nine-song album is intensely personal to Anderson but all filtered through Crawford's distinctly southern point of view. "This record is my experiences and my songs, given the Crawford treatment,” said Anderson. “Even the tunes that existed long before the album was recorded have a Lower Alabama feel and were heavily affected by (Crawford).”

Diffuser is proud to premiere the video for "Sentimental in the Morning" – a song on the album that Anderson told us is especially important to him. "I tend to write and reflect more in the A.M.," he said. "And on this particular morning, I was thinking about what's important to me and how everything is temporary. The notion of being 'Sentimental in the Morning' came first and the rest of the song sort of wrote itself.  I love the swampy, laid back feel that our producer, Anthony Crawford, captured on the recording. He also played some incredible lap steel. And Savana Lee's harmony pulls the whole thing together. It’s probably my favorite track on the record."

Check out the video above and find out when you can catch Anderson performing in a town near you below. The new album is due out October 16 via Royal Potato Family.

Tour Dates:
August 21 – St. Charles, IL - Old Towne Pub
August 22 – Joliet, IL - Hopstring Festival
August 28 – Bloomington, IL - Bruegala
August 29 – Oswego, IL - Beats & Eats
August 30 – Tawas City, MI - Blues By The Bay
September 6 – St. Louis, MO - Big Muddy Blues Festival
September 11 – Cincinnati, OH - Crow's Nest
September 12 – Fort Knox, KY - Ft. Knox Blues Festival
September 18 – Saybrook, IL - Farmfest 450
September 19 – Saybrook, IL - Farmfest 450
September 23 – Rochester, MN - Rochester Civic Theatre
September 24 – Faribault, MN - St. Mary's Shattuck School Acoustic Series
September 26 – McHenry, IL - Mackey's Hideout
October 2 – St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
October 21 – Nashville, TN - The Bluebird
October 22 – St. Louis, MO - The Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy
October 23 – Bloomington, IL - The Castle Theatre
October 24 – Chicago, IL - Martyrs'