News / Arts & Entertainment

Pete Anderson's 'Even Things Up' Exudes Distinctly Blues Vibe

Pete Anderson
Pete Anderson

Multimedia

Audio
  • Levine report on Pete Anderson's "Even Things Up" Mar 3, 2011

Doug Levine

Pete Anderson rose to fame as a producer, guitarist and backup singer for country superstar Dwight Yoakam.  But Pete’s sound is firmly rooted in the blues, a direction he took on his latest album, Even Things Up.



Pete got his first taste of blues and country at an early age, first listening to his father’s record collection, and then seeing Elvis Presley on national television.

His return to playing blues was only natural since Pete grew up in a city known for its musical legacy.

“Growing up in Detroit when I did was a great opportunity because the music wasn’t segregated or segmented in any way," Pete explains.  "Folk-blues existed with Delta blues [which] existed with field hollers [which] existed with [blues singer] Bobby Bland.  So, I really listened and lived in a wide spectrum of music.

Pete Anderson's "Even Things Up" CD
Pete Anderson's "Even Things Up" CD

“In making this record I wanted to make sure that I represented what I do and how I do it," adds Pete. "I listened to a lot of Chicago blues growing up and saw a lot of those guys, so I kind of wanted to represent everything on the record that I felt was a part of what I do the best.”

His versatility as a producer, arranger, and musician was just what Dwight Yoakam was looking for when the pair joined forces in 1984.  Their partnership lasted for nearly two decades and included best-selling albums and sold-out world tours.

Looking back at their days as struggling musicians on the Los Angeles club circuit, Pete says it was pure chemistry that first brought them together.

“My motive was to play guitar and his was to write songs and sing, so we were a perfect match," notes Pete, "and the songs were definitely a vehicle.  If Dwight felt down about something I was there to say, ‘No, that’s not right, these are great songs.  We’ve got to step this up.  Don’t worry about it.  The material is terrific.’  The two of us having the same dream and the same confidence, I think, in retrospect, was pretty powerful.”

Pete’s solo career continues to climb with 'Even Things Up,' produced on his own label, Little Dog Records.  The deluxe edition includes two live tracks and an original tune titled “Still In Love,” featuring Nashville vocalist Bekka Bramlett.

You May Like

Reports of Mass Murder on Mediterranean Smuggler’s Boat

Boat sailed from Libya with 750 migrants aboard and arrived in Italy with 569 More

Video New Thailand Hotline Targets Misbehaving Monks

Officials say move aims to restore country’s image of Buddhism, tarnished by recent high profile scandals such as opulent lifestyle, drug and alcohol abuse, as well as child sex abuse More

Study: Dust from Sahara Helped Form Bahama Islands

What does the Sahara have in common with a Caribbean island? Quite a lot, researchers say More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Astronauts Train in Underwater Labi
X
George Putic
July 25, 2014 7:25 PM
In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Not Even Monks Spared From Thailand’s Junta-Backed Morality Push

With Thailand’s military government firmly in control after May’s bloodless coup, authorities are carrying out plans they say are aimed at restoring discipline, morality and patriotism to all Thais. The measures include a crackdown on illegal gambling, education reforms to promote students’ moral development, and a new 24-hour phone hotline for citizens to report misbehaving monks. Steve Sandford reports from Bangkok.
Video

Video Virtual Program Teaches Farming Skills

In a fast-changing world beset by unpredictable climate conditions, farmers cannot afford to ignore new technology. Researchers in Australia are developing an online virtual world program to share information about climate change and more sustainable farming techniques for sugar cane growers. As VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports, the idea is to create a wider support network for farmers.
Video

Video Airline Expert: Missile will Show Signature on Debris

The debris field from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is spread over a 21-kilometer radius in eastern Ukraine. It is expected to take investigators months to sort through the airplane pieces to learn about the missile that brought down the jetliner and who fired it. VOAs Carolyn Presutti explains how this work will be done.
Video

Video Treatment for Childhood Epilepsy Heats up Medical Marijuana Debate

In the United States, marijuana is classed as an illegal drug by the federal government. But nearly half the states have legalized it, to some degree. Proponents say some strains of marijuana might have exceptional health benefits, for treating pain or inflammation in chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Shelley Schlender reports on a strain of medical marijuana developed in Colorado that is reputed to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy
Video

Video Airbus Adds Metal 3D Printed Parts to New Jets

By the end of this year, European aircraft manufacturing consortium Airbus plans to deliver the first of its new, extra-wide-body passenger jets, the A350-XWB. Among other technological innovations, the new plane will also incorporate metal parts made in a 3-D printer. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video AIDS Conference Welcomes Exciting Developments in HIV Treatment, Prevention

Significant strides have been made in recent years toward the treatment and prevention of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. This year, at the International AIDS Conference, the AIDS community welcomed progress on a new pill that may prevent transmission of the deadly virus. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from Melbourne, Australia.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.

AppleAndroid

New in Music Alley

The Hamilton Live

Acclaimed jazz saxophonist Tia Fuller has made a name for herself appearing with such high-profile artists as Beyonce, Esperanza Spalding, and Terri Lyne Carrington. Tia and her quartet performed music from her CD “Angelic Warrior” on our latest edition of "The Hamilton Live."