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Album Review

Pete Anderson's third solo outing has been a long time coming, and one gets the distinct impression that it's the album he's been itching to make all along. Given that Daredevil is completely instrumental, the guitar geeks already have something to salivate about. But there's much more to it than that. Anderson played the vast majority of instruments, with help in a few places from multi-instrumentalist Skip Edwards and minimal assistance from trumpeter Lee Thornberg and fiddler Donny Reed as well. There's also some string work performed by some mysterious entity know as "the Skipper." If the Latin Playboys were an instrumental country band, they would almost certainly sound something like this. While it's true that Anderson's guitaristry is signature to all he does, he understands dynamic, rhythm, and atmosphere and texture as well. Check the beautifully warm and silvery "My Little Angel," with Thornberg's English horn wafting under Anderson's slippery Telecaster, playing romantically over a shimmering B-3 that creates a sound that would make great serial music for a romantic interlude in a David Lynch film. The gutbucket swamp blues in "Baby Done Something Wrong" and "Sweet Delta Sunrise" are quirky, angular, slightly spooky, and tough as nails. The open acoustic guitar and tabla drums that provide the framework for "The Ballad of Los Barilles" are breathtaking. The power chords and synth loops that open "Big Canyon/Little Bird" are a surprise, but a welcome one, because Anderson's slow-handed stinging lead work cuts through them and lends them a near majestic quality before the entrance of Thornberg's trumpet and Reed's fiddle transmutes everything into a jazzy down-home groovefest. This is an iconoclast's record; it stands outside the margins and wears its freak flag high. That said, it is free of egotistical excesses and miscues. It's not only a pleasant listen, but a compelling one.

Customer Reviews


This is a great listen for fans of impressive, original guitar work. Worth the purchase. For sure.

The Skipper

It would seem obvious to me that the "mysterious entity known as "The Skipper" would be his keyboard player Skip Edwards that was just mentioned in the previous sentence.

I just don't know if after listening to this album I'm inspired to pick up my guitar, or just give up playing altogether. The guitar work on this album is just phenomenal (like it is on every Pete Anderson album…the Pete Anderson who was Dwight Yoakam's producer & lead guitarist, that is; not the bispecticalled rockabilly guy by the same name).


Jazzy, bluesy, soulful, masterful playing & picking!


Born: 1956 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Country

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Pete Anderson was born in Detroit, and grew up to become the creative partner of one of the most significant country artists of the 1980s, Dwight Yoakam. An only child, Anderson's earliest musical memories revolve around the country & western music his father listened to and seeing Elvis on television. The sudden death of his father left...
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