Pete Anderson Biography

1956, Detroit, Michigan, USA. During his school years Anderson played guitar, mainly contemporary blues, and continued to do this while working full-time in a factory. After spending some time living and playing in Phoenix, Arizona, in the early 70s Anderson moved to Los Angeles, along the way encountering Dwight Yoakam, then a rising young singer, with whom he teamed up for gigs and record dates. In the course of the next few years, Anderson became deeply involved in the recording scene, gaining respect not only as a fiery rock/blues-influenced guitarist but also as a producer. He worked in this latter capacity on several albums with a wide range of musicians, including Yoakam. In particular, Anderson became noted for his association with the emerging Bakersfield sound. He and Yoakam produced Rosie Flores’ debut album for Reprise Records, Rosie Flores.

In 1993, Anderson was co-founder of Little Dog Records, along with Michael Dumas, Barbara Hein and Dusty Wakeman. He continued his association with Yoakam and also made his own-name debut for the new label. Anderson’s music takes a broad view of country, introducing elements of rock, a light touch of folk, a heavy blues influence that reflects his first musical stirring, and also displaying his virtuoso guitar technique. Vocally, Anderson has a tough, gruff sound that brings depth to his interpretation of lyrics. Among musicians who have been in Anderson’s bands are James Christie, Skip Edwards and Taras Prodaniuk. In addition to performing, Anderson writes music and has included some of his own songs on his albums. These songs include ‘110 In The Shade’, co-written with Duane Jarvis, and ‘Feels Like Mississippi’, with Kostas. Anderson remains widely respected as a producer of albums by many artists of country and contemporary pop music.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.