Poets and Prophets: A Salute to Legendary Songwriter Al Anderson

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February 6, 2016 - Al Anderson attracted a devoted following as a member of eclectic roots-rock band NRBQ, for whom he played guitar, sang, and wrote band favorites such as “Ridin’ in My Car” and “It Comes to Me Naturally.” “Big Al” left NRBQ in the early 1990s and began writing hit songs for country acts including “Every Little Thing” (Carlene Carter); “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down” (The Mavericks); “Unbelievable” (Diamond Rio); and “The Cowboy in Me” (Tim McGraw). A native of Windsor, Connecticut, Anderson lives now in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and plays with the band World Famous Headliners. In 1993, Musician magazine recognized Anderson as one of the twentieth century’s Top 100 guitarists, and in 2000 he was BMI’s Country Songwriter of the Year. The interview is illustrated with vintage photos, film footage, and recordings, and Anderson performs briefly.


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