HONORS BIG AL ANDERSON, CONNECTICUT HILLBILLY
WTJU Folk Marathon
Monday, April 30, 2012
4-6 pm (edt)
On the first day of this year's Folk Fundraiser, Charlie Pastorfield will host a program on Big Al Anderson. Anderson has had a long and remarkable career. He first fronted The Wildweeds, an insanely popular New England band that scored a Top Twenty hit in 1966 with the soulful No Good To Cry, later covered by The Allman Brothers. The Wildweeds went through a second incarnation as a country-rock band, with an album release on Vanguard Records. In 1971, Big Al was hired by NRBQ, and spent 22 years on the road with that unique outfit, often cited as one of the best live bands of that era. He retired from NRBQ in 1993 and moved to Nashville. He's had a successful career as a songwriter, penning songs for artists like Vince Gill, Carlene Carter, and John Anderson. He continues as an active musician in Nashville, releasing albums on a regular basis, including his latest release Strings, backed by a Who's Who of Nashville musicians.