Wrapped in a blanket of Americana allure, tugging on a few heartstrings, Rob Anthony’s latest album release Where We Are leaves us with the sense of an artist who reaches into the soul, grabs the struggles of the inner man, and weaves it into a solid personal connection.
“It got spiritual”, Anthony admits, “when energies connect on a musical level, it’s unlike any other experience. I’ve spent a lifetime evolving musically & spiritually, being criticized, being praised. It’s made me weak, it’s made me strong. Here’s to coming to terms with it all, the past, the now & living for the future. Write from the heart, sing from the soul, don’t ever let go…”
“Far From My Heart was the first song I wrote for the new album. I think the title speaks for itself but that was then and this is now. Here’s to coming to terms with it all, the past, the now & living for the future. Peace, love, hope, happiness.”
“I Feel Your Love is dedicated to my love for the ocean and its potion for all sorrows. It’s inspired by Bob Marley and the Reggae Rocksteady movement of the late 60′s & 70′s. I truly hope this Caribbean flavored mix of midwestern love brings a smile and touches the soul. One love.”
“Don’t Ever Let Go was written while in Chicago & feeling a little down, overlooking the city and it’s love vibe inspired me to keep fighting onward after a tough year of healing. This song is a reminder to myself never underestimate the power of words & music as it is the emotional canvas between adversity and new beginnings. On track again.”
‘Is This The Plan, The Essential Rob Anthony’ latest two-album retrospective is no greatest-hits collection; It instead invites you to experience an intuitive songwriter’s evolution with alternate takes of past songs blending naturally with and providing context for more recent material.
The songs are arranged thematically rather than chronologically, an approach that showcases Anthony’s strengths–His soulful style of songwriting showers the listener with intense emotion from the heart stripping songs of faith, freedom, hope and inspiration down to an intimate thought-provoking moment between musician and listener.
Those talents shine through whether he’s wielding an acoustic guitar painting a vivid picture of Americana and the struggles of the American Trucker (Down The Road) or encouraging & inspiring us to be the best we can be during life’s toughest challenges (We All Need).
“This two-album set is a very intimate reflection of the body of music I’ve created with my band & acoustically over the past 10 years with live takes, writing demos & many new songs including “Is This The Plan” which conveys my small town roots to past struggles only to find true meaning through the power of song. Truly hope you enjoy what I put together.” ~ One Love, RA