Al Anderson (NRBQ)

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Al Anderson
Background information
Birth nameAlan Gordon Anderson
Also known asBig Al Anderson
Born (1947-07-26) July 26, 1947 (age 76)
Windsor, Connecticut, United States
Years active1966–present
Formerly ofNRBQ

Alan Gordon Anderson (born July 26, 1947) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. In the 1960s, Anderson was the frontman of the band the Wildweeds,[1] which had success with the song "No Good To Cry",[2] which he wrote. 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.

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.[3]



  • 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[4] Al Anderson

List of country singles composed by Anderson[edit]

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


  1. ^ "The Wildweeds – Biography". Retrieved March 5, 2020.
  2. ^ "No Need to Cry". YouTube. Archived from the original on December 13, 2021. Retrieved March 5, 2020.
  3. ^ Deming, Mark. "Al Anderson biography". AllMusic. Retrieved June 5, 2008.
  4. ^ "Al Anderson Songs". Retrieved March 5, 2020.

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