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Pete Anderson "Even Things Up"
When you think of Pete Anderson, you would not be faulted for thinking in terms other than the Blues, after all his long list of accomplishments are anything but Blues related. Pete Anderson is a Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning Producer/Guitarist whose is widely known for his work with Dwight Yoakam, whom he Produced, Arranged, and Played with for 17 years compiling over 25 million record sales. Pete has also championed the Roots-Rock genre introducing us to "Lucinda Williams, Jim Lauderdale, Michelle Shocked, Rosie Flores, and, more recently, Adam Hood", but his accomplishments don't stop there, in fact far from it. Pete is also a renowned band leader whom played on a number of the big name late night shows, including the Tonight Show 19 times over the last 25 years and has been responsible for the Production, and Arrangement of many acclaimed records in the "Country, Folk, Singer-Songwriter, Rock, Pop, R&B, and Red Dirt genres of music". So yes you wouldn't be wrong if you first thought of everything other than Blues, when thinking of Pete Anderson, but when it comes down to it, Blues is right at the top his list when he performs as a solo artist.
"Even Things Up" marks Pete Anderson's 4th Album as a solo artist and consists of 12 tracks, all brand new Originals of which he solely wrote 5 and co-wrote 7 with various artists, Michael Murphy, Steve Moos, William Norman Edwards, Lynn Coulter, Duane Jarvis, Kostas. "Even Things Up" also consists of Pete putting together a brand new blues band whom he will be touring with to promote the Album, and consists of Pete Anderson (Vocals, Guitar, harmonica, Drums, and Percussion), Michael Murphy (Hammond Organ, Electric Piano, Accordion, Key Bass, and Lead Vocals on Track 10 "Room With A View"), Lee Thornburg and David Woodford (Horns), and Maxine Waters (Background Vocals). Additional Artists on various Tracks include Herman Mathews (Drums), Jeff Donovan (Drums), and Bekka Bramlett (Lead Vocals on Track 9 "Still In Love". One should be able to garner the fact that with all these great and diverse musicians, "Even Things Up" is a great musical experience for the senses.
"Even Things Up" starts off with a bit of a rock-a-billy style tune called "Honky Tonk Girl" a song that if slightly arranged differently could easily have Dwight Yoakam slipping in as Guitarist and Vocalist, never the less a good strong track to open the Album and one that shows us right off the bat that Pete Anderson is not only a mighty fine Guitarist, but he is also able to more than hold his own in the vocal department, as well.
Throughout "Even Things Up" you will notice that Pete Anderson, is more than willing to step out of the spotlight throughout to let the other various Artists take their turn to shine. Track 2, "Booker Twine", is of course an excellent example of that, which gets us thoroughly acquainted with the great keyboard work of Michael Murphy, on this very well done instrumental, one of four on "Even Things Up". Two of the instrumentals "Wes' Side Blues" and "Dogbone Shuffle" introduce us to the great horn work from Lee Thornburg and David Woodford and the last instrumental "Blue Guitar", is pure guitar heaven via Pete Anderson.
"Even Things Up" is more of a modern style blues production, with a little Traditional Blues thrown in for good measure, especially the Track "Prophet for Profit", in which Pete Anderson lays down a little magic courtesy of his harmonica playing. "Even Things Up" runs the full gamet of styles from Soulful Blues, to more Jazzier Blues, Shuffle Blues and all the great stuff in between and offers up a mighty fine production that is sure to please everyone.
"Even Things Up" is my first introduction to Pete Anderson and a great introduction it was. I look forward to more Blues from this immensely talented Artist and his immensely talented band.
"Even Things Up" is a really good diverse Blues Album and one I have no problem recommending.
Review by John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network)
1.Honky Tonk Girl
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