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Sadler Vaden
Acclaimed solo artist. Songwriter. Grammy-winning member of Jason Isbell
and the 400 Unit. Producer. Studio musician. Modern-day guitar hero. A
professional musician since the age of 18, Sadler Vaden has spent the better
part of two decades on stage, on the road, and in the recording studio, lending
his unique rock & roll approach to highly-revered bands, up-and-coming acts,
and solo albums like his forthcoming Anybody Out There?
The full-length follow-up to his 2016 debut, Anybody Out There? mixes the
hook-savvy sweep of Vaden's songwriting with the supersized stomp of his
electric guitar. It's a modern record that doesn't ignore the past, balancing
frequent nods to Vaden's 20th-century influences — including Neil Young,
The Who, Tom Petty, Joe Walsh, and Oasis — with a contemporary sound
that mixes raw, live performances with digital recording technology. Selfproduced by Vaden, engineered by longtime collaborator (and multi-platinum
producer) Paul Ebersold, and mastered by Grammy Award-winner Richard
Dodd, Anybody Out There? is Sadler Vaden at his most adventurous, stocked
with melody-driven songs that deal with the challenges of creating a true
human connection in a modern, technology-obsessed world.
Raised in North Myrtle Beach and the outskirts of Charleston, SC, Vaden
began playing gigs as a teenager, serving as the frontman of a locally-beloved
rock & roll power trio named Leslie. The band shared shows with headliners
like Drivin’ N Cryin’ and Jason Isbell, both of whom later recruited Vaden to
join their own lineups. During his time with Drivin’ N Cryin’, he produced
the band's series of Songs… EPs while also playing lead guitar on crowd
favorites like "Fly Me Courageous" and "Straight to Hell." He left the group
for Isbell's band in 2013, shortly before Isbell's career-shifting album
Southeastern hit stores, and has remained an integral member of the group
ever since, lending his vocal harmonies and song-serving guitar fretwork to
Grammy-winning albums like Something More Than Free and The Nashville
Sound along the way. Meanwhile, he has also continued releasing his own
material, including his 2016 self-titled debut full-length and standalone
singles like "Monster," the latter of which was hailed by Rolling Stone as a
"T. Rex-evoking jam [that] doubles as a commentary on the U.S.'s negative
political and social climate."
Vaden's diverse career continues with Anybody Out There? The title track
mixes drummer Fred Eltringham's percussive thunder with a monster guitar
riff co-written alongside Audley Freed, while "Next To You" is a highwaybound road song that nods to the Heartbreakers' heartland rock. The guitar
tones and communal themes of Aaron Lee Tasjan co-write "Peace +
Harmony" channel George Harrison, and the nostalgic "Modern Times"
makes room for swirling Mellotron, acoustic guitar, and claves. The album
culminates with "Tried and True," a guitar-heavy love letter to rock & roll
music that concludes Anybody Out There? on an anthemic note.
"It's always been there for me, through the good and bad," Sadler Vaden says
of the rock & roll genre, whose uplift and epic punch first convinced him to
pick up the guitar as a 10-year-old. Years later, he's proudly carrying the
torch, nodding to the rock & roll music that came before him while crafting
some contemporary classics of his own.