PETE ANDERSON INTERVIEW #1
(Originally aired on July 2, 2009)
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 — 1994's Working Class, 1997's Dogs In Heaven and 2004's Daredevil — reveal an affinity for old-school R&B, rootsy rock and experimental sonic textures.
In our exclusive interview, Anderson discusses his 2009 album, Even Things Up, and offers insights into his tone, technique, gear and musical heroes. We'll also hear cuts from Even Things Up, which features Anderson's spanky guitar, swirling organ, deep grooves and punchy horns.