PETE ANDERSON INTERVIEW #3
Pete Anderson Interview #3
(Originally aired on September 19, 2013)
Grammy Award-winning guitarist and producer Pete Anderson first gained national attention for his groundbreaking work with Dwight Yoakam. In the mid 1980s, the duo helped launch the new traditionalist movement in country music, while attracting rock and blues fans to the stripped-down sound of West Coast honky tonk. Anderson produced and played lead guitar on Yoakam's most successful albums, including the acclaimed debut Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. (1986), Hillbilly Deluxe (1987) and Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room (1988).
Anderson has also produced recordings by Roy Orbison, k.d. lang, Flaco Jimenez, Michelle Shocked, Buck Owens, Lucinda Williams, Jim Lauderdale, Sara Evans, Rosie Flores and the Meat Puppets. Anderson's guitar playing is an exciting amalgam of Bakersfield honky tonk, jump blues, rockabilly, and Memphis soul. His solo albums — Working Class, Dogs In Heaven, Daredevil, and Even Things Up — reveal an affinity for old-school R&B, swampy rock, and experimental sonic textures.
In our exclusive interview, Anderson describes recording his new album, Birds Above Guitarland. It's packed with soulful guitar playing and swinging grooves, and his Detroit roots come through loud and clear.