Kasey Anderson

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Kasey Anderson
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Kasey Anderson
Background information
Birth nameKasey E. Anderson
Born1979 (age 38–39)
Portland, Oregon, United States
GenresAlternative Country, Alternative Rock, Rock
Occupation(s)Composer, singer-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsElectric guitar, acoustic guitar harmonica, vocals
Years active2001–2012
LabelsTerra Soul Records, Red River Records, Jullian Records

Kasey Anderson[1][2][3] (born 1979)[4] is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and musician who has released six albums—three as a solo artist, two with his band the Honkies, and one with his band Hawks and Doves.[5] Anderson was diagnosed as bipolar in 2012 and entered intensive outpatient treatment the same year. In August 2013 Anderson pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud charges[6] and was sentenced to four years in prison.[7] He served two years in prison and was released in April 2016. Anderson's band, Hawks and Doves, released their debut album, From a White Hotel, in 2018.


Anderson was born in Portland, OR[8] moved to Bellingham, Washington[8] when he was 18, and operated at times from Seattle, New York, and Los Angeles.[9] When he was active, he was based in the American North Pacific Coast. As both a solo act and as front man for The Honkies, Anderson toured with Jason Isbell, Counting Crows, Steve Earle, the Supersuckers, and others. Counting Crows recorded a cover of Anderson's song "Like Teenage Gravity" on their 2012 album Underwater Sunshine. Anderson's music has been described as Americana and alt-country[10] and lauded by No Depression, Paste, The Onion AV Club and the Pazz & Jop Critics poll. Musical influences include Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones, Bo Diddley, The Faces, The New York Dolls, The Replacements, Bob Dylan, and Goodie Mob.[11]

In late 2012, Anderson was diagnosed with Type 1 Bipolar Disorder and entered an intensive outpatient treatment program for alcohol and cocaine addiction.[9]

Federal wire fraud indictment[edit]

On January 28, 2013, Kasey Anderson was indicted in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington on five counts of wire fraud.[1][12][13] Among the charges were allegations that Anderson engaged in a scheme to defraud investors by falsely informing them he intended to produce a benefit album and host a benefit concert in support of the West Memphis Three. The indictment also alleged Anderson falsified emails from Jon Landau, Bruce Springsteen's manager, as part of the effort to defraud the investors. On August 21, 2013, Anderson pleaded guilty to the federal wire fraud charges.[6] On July 23, 2014, he was sentenced to four years in prison by U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton.[7]

The Honkies[edit]

The Honkies were formed in 2010 by Kasey Anderson and Andrew McKeag, the guitarist for the band The Presidents of the United States of America. The Honkies lineup included:[14]

  • Kasey Anderson (vocals, guitar, percussion)
  • Andrew McKeag (guitar, vocals)
  • Eric Corson (bass)
  • Will Moore (bass)
  • Ty Bailie (keyboard)
  • Mike Musburger (drums)

Hawks and Doves[edit]

Hawks and Doves were formed in 2016 by Kasey Anderson, Ben Landsverk, and Jesse Moffat. Their debut album, From a White Hotel, was released July 27, 2018 on Jullian Records and features guest performances by Eric Ambel, Kurt Bloch, Ralph Carney, Kay Hanley and Andrew McKeag. The album has received early praise from critics.


Kasey Anderson released three solo recordings as well as two with his group the Honkies. Let the Bloody Moon Rise was not distributed via retail outlets but instead was made available by Kasey Anderson for download from the internet for a 72 hours period in October 2012.[15]

Solo recordings[edit]

  • Dead Roses (2004)
  • Reckoning (2007)
  • Nowhere Nights[16] (2010)

With the Honkies[edit]

  • Heart of a Dog (2011)
  • Let the Bloody Moon Rise (2012)

With Hawks and Doves[edit]

  • From a White Hotel (2018)


  1. ^ a b "Charge: Rocker impersonated prisoner's wife, Springsteen's managers". Seattlepi.com. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  2. ^ "Kasey Anderson & the Honkies to re-release debut full-length, "Heart of a Dog," – #AltSounds". Hangout.altsounds.com. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  3. ^ "iTunes – Music – Kasey Anderson". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  4. ^ "Kasey Anderson - kaseyanderson.com". Web.archive.org. February 18, 2006. Archived from the original on February 18, 2006. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  5. ^ "Kasey Anderson | Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  6. ^ a b Carter, MIke. "Northwest musician pleads guilty to bogus charity recording". Seattle Times. Seattle Times. Retrieved August 22, 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Northwest musician Kasey Anderson: 'I convinced myself that it was normal'".
  8. ^ a b "An Interview with Kasey Anderson – No Depression Americana and Roots Music". Nodepression.com. March 5, 2010. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  9. ^ a b Hamilton, Keegan (December 11, 2012). "Seattle News and Events | Nowhere Man". Seattleweekly.com. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  10. ^ "Kasey Anderson | Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  11. ^ "Kasey Anderson and The Honkies – 01.04.11 – Interview". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  12. ^ "United States of America v. Kasey E. Anderson" (PDF). Media.oregonlive.com. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  13. ^ "AOL Radio – Listen to Free Online Radio – Free Internet Radio Stations and Music Playlists". Spinner.com. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  14. ^ "Kasey Anderson & The Honkies hit the road supporting Counting Crows this summer". Hellhound Music. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  15. ^ "Kasey Anderson & The Honkies – Let the Bloody Moon Rise " Beat Surrender". Beat-surrender.com. December 17, 2012. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  16. ^ "Roots Roundup – Kasey Anderson, The Holmes Brothers, Guitar Shorty, Theodore, The Unwanted :: Blogs :: Andy Whitman on Music :: Paste". Pastemagazine.com. February 17, 2010. Retrieved 2013-10-08.