Lauren Anderson had recently returned home from a trip to Los Angeles — a trip involving meetings with music industry executives, vocal rehearsals, record contracts, and ultimately a whole lot of empty promises — when she began writing songs for her third EP, Won't Stay Down. She'd been playing shows since 2014, mixing her blues-rock roots with elements of Americana, soul, and country music. She loved the work, but she'd grown frustrated with the industry, particularly the demands thrust upon her as a female artist. Back in her adopted hometown of Nashville, she started writing new material about strength, endurance, and female empowerment, drawing on her own artistic journey for inspiration and gluing everything together with her bluesy belt of a voice.
Inspired by the bluesy, boundary-breaking females who came before her — including Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, and Grace Potter — Lauren Anderson's Won't Stay Down follows previous releases like 2017's The Game, which cracked the Top 50 of the Billboard Blues chart for five weeks straight. It's also a showcase for her supersized vocals and sharp songwriting, which have previously earned the Chicago native a Midwest Music Award for Female Vocalist of the Year, as well as a first-place finish in the 2018 Wing Dang Doodle Competition. Recorded in her adopted hometown of Nashville and largely self-produced, Won't Stay Down is a bluesy battlecry from an artist who has one foot planted in the territory of her influences and the other pointed in an unexplored direction.
“Won’t Stay Down is a battle cry from a songwriter whose powerful, soulful voice and personal songwriting have reached a high-water Mark.” ~ Rock & Blues Muse
"Lauren is a blues belter with finesse and rock power, drafting soul elements when it suits her on songs like Cake." ~ Gonzookanagan
"A superb set of songs, an EP worthy of shouldering its way into your album collection, a fabulous powerhouse voice you can’t ignore." ~ Rhythm & Booze
“Lauren Anderson is a bold, bluesy, free-spirited singer who knows no boundaries, and is Hell-bent on forging her own sounds and doing things her own way.” - Don and Sheryl’s Blues Blog
Anderson is a great package deal, great vocalist, superb songwriter, deeply rooted in blues and roots music and so much more. Truly Me is every bit that...and then some. These songs are not only well written and delivered with power and passion, but the arrangements are impeccable. Anderson and company are exceptional, a band I would recommend without reservation to one and all. ~ Bill Wilson, Reflections in Blue, January 2016
Lauren Anderson played a 1:30 a.m. set in one of the Kansas City showcase rooms. Barefoot with guitar, she busked through several high-energy rock-soul tunes. She has a powerful voice, one that bears some resemblances to Melissa Etheridge or Janis Joplin. According to her Facebook page, she is in a four-piece band that includes drummer Kristopher Schnebelen, formerly of Trampled Under Foot. She bears watching. ~ Timothy Finn, The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO, February 22, 2015