Anthony David has long been inspired by Bill Withers and even compared to him through the years. Withers wrote “I Can’t Write Left-Handed” in 1972 about the Vietnam War. The song resonates with David because of his experience serving in the military during Desert Storm. According to David,
“When I first heard this song, it stopped me in my tracks. I had gone to Desert Storm and the way he described the mentality of young men who go off, I don’t think anyone has ever really described in a song before that was exactly it. The idea that the people that are driven that way, oftentimes are just young guys looking for something to do, and don’t have much of a take on the bigger picture. For me it was a way to do something my Dad did, and maybe travel. For my Dad, I believe it was a way to get out of small-town Florida and see the world, maybe make some money to have a family. It’s not really a political thing. We learn that stuff later. Maybe. I met my best friends in life during that time, and we’re still family to this day.”
David’s cover of “I Can’t Write Left-Handed” is from his forthcoming album of songs by Withers. It is the first single and it will be released on July 4th which is Withers’ birthday and Independence Day. The new album, Hello Like Before will come out in September.