Al Anderson (NRBQ)

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Al Anderson
Background information
Birth name Alan Gordon Anderson
Also known as Big Al Anderson
Born (1947-07-26) July 26, 1947 (age 70)
Windsor, Connecticut, United States
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1966–present
Associated acts NRBQ, the Wildweeds

Alan Gordon Anderson (born July 26, 1947) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Between 1971 and the early 1990s, he was the lead guitarist in the rock band NRBQ, also releasing several solo albums. He also played electric guitar on Jonathan Edwards's 1973 album Have a Good Time for Me. He was a member of the Wildweeds in the late 1960s.

In the 1990s, Anderson shifted his focus to country music, writing hit songs for such artists as Carlene Carter, Vince Gill, Diamond Rio and Trisha Yearwood, as well as Tim McGraw's number 1 hit "The Cowboy in Me" and several album cuts. Anderson has also released six solo albums.[1]



  • Al Anderson (Vanguard Records, 1972)
  • Party Favors (Rykodisc, 1988)
  • Pay Before You Pump (Imprint Records, 1996)
  • After Hours (Legacy, 2006)
  • Pawn Shop Guitars (AAM Records, 2007)
  • Strings (Amigo Grande, 2012)


Year Single Peak chart
1973 "We'll Make Love" 101[2] Al Anderson

List of country singles composed by Anderson[edit]

Anderson has written or co-written the following country singles:


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