Meet: Alex Anthony, a singer/songwriter from Newburyport
We can't help ourselves from making comparisons, it's human nature. It's how we reference. With singer, it's especially hard not to. Even singers with as unique a sound as Alex Anthony. Alex has his own mold but, yes, there were those who came before him who certainly were an influence. Folky, Americana, blues- infused, singer-songwriters like Ray LaMontagne and Jack Johnson. So there's your comparison. Gritty, raspy, achy vocals emit from this perceptive songwriter.
When you listen to Alex sing, it's as if the lights are low. There is heartache and hopefulness, worn out vinyl records playing, and whiskey being poured. Damn, that sounds like a country song. I wouldn't categorize Alex as a country singer, and neither would he. But really, what does a country singer sound like? Country music has always drawn from many influences. Some current artists have a more traditional style that many would perceive as "sounding country," like Jon Pardi, Chris Young, Midland or Miranda Lambert. But since it's inception, country has embodied many influences, from Appalachian and Celtic folk to blues. I believe it's the storytelling that makes country, country. So, in that aspect, Alex can absolutely be called a country singer.
Now Appearing: Alex Anthony
Alex Anthony brought a couple of friends by to jam, and share some original music in the Country 1025 studio
Take a listen to the emotional, "Beyond The Breaker"
Another Alex original, here's "Spectrum"
- What lead you to music: Spending time with friends at social gatherings
- How old were you when you started playing: 16
- Instruments played: Guitar
- How would you describe your sound: Indie/folk/Americana
- Who inspires you: Bob Marley, Ray Lamontagne, Van Morrison, and Nathaniel Ratefill
- Awards and accolades: Opened for Jeffrey Gaines at Mission on the Bay, Sold out the Middle East Downstairs, Toured internationally (Italy and Montreal)
- All- time favorite country song: "Jolene"- the cover version by Zac Brown Band
- Favorite country concert: Brett Eldredge with Devin Dawson
- Current Country 1025 favorites: "Tequila" by Dan + Shay
- If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing: Teaching
- Day Job (if applicable): Venue Manager
- Most proud moment: Having my original music featured on "Young and Restless" CBS
- Crazy thing that happened in your career: Meeting people I don't know, and them knowing/requesting my original songs
- Other things you like to do: Paddle Board
- Frivolous fun facts: Self traveled to U.A.E., Italy, Prague, and many other countries. Never have lived in the same place for more than 3 years. Comic Book Nerd
Alex Out And About:
- Jan 11th and 12th: A1A Aleworks St. Augustine, FL
- Jan 18th: Colonial Oaks Park St. Augustine, FL
- Jan 26th: Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo, FL
- Jan 27th: Florida Keys Brewing, Isalmarada, FL
- Jan 30th: Plum Island Grill, Newbury, MA
- Jan 31st: Andiamo, Newburyport, MA
- Feb 2nd: Brick and Ash, Newburyport, MA
- Feb 3rd: Beach Coma, Newbury, MA
- Feb 6th:Plum Island Grill, Newbury, MA
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