HWY 99 DEBUT – AN EVENING WITH LEGENDARY ROOTS/BLUES GUITARIST PETE ANDERSON – spent 17 years with DWIGHT YOAKAM; KING OF THE TELECASTER…PLUS SPECIAL GUEST: LIGHTIN’ WILLIE – TWO TIME WINNER CALIFORNIA BLUES CHALLENGE
Friday, April 7, 2017 8:00PM
Highway 99 Blues Club
1414 Alaskan Way, Seattle, 98101, WA, United States
Pete Anderson is a multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning producer and groundbreaking guitarist, who melds blues and country to forge a style all his own.
Long considered one of the world’s best-of-the-best Tele-twangers, musical pioneer Pete Anderson has never been satisfied with maintaining the status quo. The last 10 years has found Anderson focusing on his solo career – perfecting his craft & honing his musical vision. On “BIRDS ABOVE GUITARLAND” the Detroit native Anderson delivers a set of all-original music — a rich roots music gumbo of blues/funk/swing/country twang with a splash of surf music and a dash of jazz. And TONE — always tone…”
Pete Anderson is most widely known as the musical partner of 17 years to Dwight Yoakam, (a little ‘side project’ that wound up helping to change the face of contemporary country music!) whose records he produced/arranged/and played on from 1986-2003 resulting in sales of 25 Million+ recordings. Anderson is well known as a pioneer in the roots-rock genre and was an early champion of the Americana movement, where he had a hand in introducing the world to artists such as Lucinda Williams, Jim Lauderdale, Michelle Shocked and Rosie Flores. He is also a renowned band-leader who has appeared on “SaturdayNight Live”, “David Letterman” , and “The Tonight Show” (19 times since 1986) and has played over 3,000 live shows in upwards of 15 countries around the world. While Pete Anderson’s work as a producer/arranger/guitarist has resulted in acclaimed records in the Country, Folk, Singer-Songwriter, Rock, Pop, R&B, and Red Dirt genres of music, his focus as a solo artist has always been his first musical love – The Blues.
With years of critical and commercial success to his name, Pete Anderson is focusing on his musical roots. In 2006 he was approached by Guitar Center to help judge and organize their “King of the Blues” guitar competition, the largest in history. Anderson created all of the backing tracks that the contestants used in competition, acted as a judge and bandleader at the finale which featured B.B. King one year and The Black Crowes the next, and a Pete Anderson produced EP was a prize for the winner.
Reverend Guitars now has 4 Pete Anderson signature guitar models. The latest – Reverend Guitars’ PA1-RT – was just introduced at Summer NAMM July 2013 . Its predecessor, Reverend’s PA-1 first introduced in 2010 – received the “Editor’s Pick” from Guitar Player Magazine as well as rave reviews from all other guitar magazines. Also available from Reverend are the Pete Anderson Eastsider S and the Eastsider T.
From the blue collar, mixed race neighborhoods of Detroit to Hollywood’s early roots-rock scene and country music stardom to the new digital music industy and beyond, Pete Anderson’s talent and innovative spirit have not only set him apart from the herd, but ensure his continued presence as a bright spot in the future of the American roots music scene.
Pete is also a renowned bandleader who has played over 3,000 live shows in upwards of 15 countries around the world and has appeared on Saturday Night Live, David Letterman, and The Tonight Show (19 times since 1986). Pete has released 5 critically acclaimed solo records on his own label Little Dog Records with another one in the pipeline.
SPECIAL GUEST: LIGHNIN’ WILLIE – Bluesman Lightnin’ Willie has a distinctive approach to his music. The sound is an irresistible blend of tradition and spontaneous creativity, with a deliciously insidious emphasis on the groove. It is a compelling, hard swinging brand of blues that, whenever he performs, packs the floor—his audience can’t not dance.
A guitarist of impressive facility, a vocalist of coolly stylish authority and a composer of persuasive original blues that both extend and enhance the idiom, Willie’s music has a rare individualistic quality. It is at once airy and full of open space yet also loaded with earthy, intense emotion, and as featured on his new Pete Anderson produced album NO BLACK NO WHITE JUST BLUES, it showcases a master at the top of his game.Lightnin’ Willie operates at a high altitude in the wild blues yonder, and his impressive reach is the result of a near lifelong musical journey. Barely out of his teens, the Texas-born musician toured the Southern chitlin circuit as the only white member of an R&B-funk band, absorbing a powerful dose of deep insider information, rich both in technique and spirit. Gigging as a solo headliner for almost three decades, Willie has gone from low down beer joints to become a staple on the international festival circuit, with plenty of wild stops along the way, from London’s Royal Albert Hall Ignite Series to Willie Nelson’s infamous 4th of July Picnic, where he appeared alongside Paula Nelson, Willie, Bob Dylan and Leon Russell.
BEST HEADLINER WE HAVE EVER HAD…GARY GRAPE / GRAY SKY BLUES FESTIVAL 2016
The always dapper Lightnin’ Willie, consistently genuine, never flashy, boundlessly entertaining, is reliably a high quality blues powerhouse who makes new fans with every performance. He brings an elegantly juxtaposed blend of influences to the bandstand—from T Bone Walker to the Kings, BB & Albert and Muddy Waters, with whom he frequently consorted in Chicago—and in Willie’s hand’s, the blues are a sinuous, lissome, high-voltage force loaded with soulful depth and an almost alchemical appeal.
These attributes have won him stacks of enthusiastic praise from the international press, landed his original tunes on numerous film and television soundtracks and with the arrival of Lightnin’ Willie, his eighth release, expect Lightnin’ Willie and his brilliant Biggest Little Band on Earth, comprised of keyboardist-bassist Michael Murphy (Stevie Nicks, Joe Walsh, Swamp Dogg), drummer Jerry Olsen (Lowell Fulson, Charlie Musselwhite) to elevate the blues into a new stratospheric dimension.