Rusty Anderson

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Rusty Anderson
Rusty Anderson with Rusty Anderson Afternoon.jpg
Background information
Origin La Habra, California, United States
Genres Rock, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Guitarist, singer-songwriter, record producer
Instruments Guitar, vocals, bass guitar, harmonica, keyboards, pedal steel
Labels Oxide Records,Surfdog, MRI/Red/Sony
Associated acts Ednaswap, Paul McCartney, Rusty Anderson Afternoon
Notable instruments
Gibson Rusty Anderson ES-335

Rusty Anderson is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. He is best known as the lead guitarist for Sir Paul McCartney, though he has worked with an extensive list of artists in addition to his own solo career.


Anderson became a professional musician at age 14 with his first band, Eulogy. Eulogy won a sizeable local following in Los Angeles, playing with bands such as The Police, Van Halen, The Runaways, Quiet Riot, Rick Derringer, Eddie Money and The Motels.[1] Later, Anderson formed The Living Daylights, which shared the stage with Fishbone and OMD. The Living Daylights was a psychedelic/progressive rock band and Anderson's first as primary songwriter. The Living Daylights put out a record on the Greenworld Label, but subsequently disbanded when Anderson signed a solo development deal at Columbia Records.[2]

In 1993, along with Scott Cutler and Anne Preven, Carla Azar and Paul Bushnell, Anderson formed Ednaswap. Ednaswap shared the stage with Sublime and Social Distortion, and toured as opener for No Doubt and Weezer. The band released four major label records on East West and Island Records, and penned the worldwide Number One hit song "Torn".[3]

For his debut solo album Undressing Underwater, Anderson invited Paul McCartney to play bass and the rest of the McCartney band to sing backup vocals on the lead track, "Hurt Myself". Friend and former band mate Stewart Copeland also came in to play drums on the song "Catbox Beach". The album was self-produced by Anderson, along with David Kahne, Mudrock and Parthenon Huxley. Undressing Underwater was originally released in late 2003 by his own Oxide Records, and re-released in September 2005 on Surfdog Records, iTunes and Amazon.[4] Anderson's second album Born On Earth was released October 2009.[5] His third release was a compilation album titled Until We Meet Again, and released in the spring of 2013,with pre-release copies available during the winter 2012 leg of Paul McCartney's On The Run tour.[6]

Rusty Anderson Afternoon[edit]

Joining with his longtime collaborator, Todd O'Keefe, Anderson formed his new band "Rusty Anderson Afternoon" in 2013. O’Keefe is a Los Angeles musician known for his work with Ray Davies and The 88.[7] O'Keefe and Anderson had played together for several years in Anderson's solo group, introduced variously as "Rusty Anderson Band" and "Rusty Anderson and Friends". The band performed in cities throughout the USA, The UK and Iceland. Once Anderson and O'Keefe began sharing writing duties and singing lead vocals, it was time to pick a name for the new band. A contest was held online in 2013. Fans voted for their favorite band name and the winner was “Rusty Anderson Afternoon.”[8]

Now officially a band, they released their first album on the Oxide Records label. Rusty Anderson Afternoon EP II, released July 31, 2014 was produced by Anderson and Paul Ratazcjack, whom Anderson worked with years earlier with the bands Soldier and The Living Daylights. Their first single “Effortless” was released April 30, 2013. “Effortless” made it to #1 at Sirius Radio's “20 on 20".[9] The second single, a version of the Stewart and Gouldman song “I’m not in Love” began in rotation on “The Blend,” a Sirius radio station, in August 2014. The Rusty Anderson Afternoon song "Points of Interest" was also featured on the hit CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory in 2014. [10]

The band was showcased in September 2013 at the Gibson Beverly Hills showroom debut of the Rusty Anderson Gibson ES-335 signature guitar, in coordination with the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental charity.[9] Rusty Anderson Afternoon was a featured act at SXSW 2014. In addition to a club performance, the band was featured at SXSW's tribute to Jimi Hendrix. Anderson and O'Keefe performed Hendrix's "Little Wing" and "Spanish Castle Magic" for the debut of the United States Postal Service Jimi Hendrix Forever Stamp in Butler Park in Austin, Texas. The band also performed at the Leo Fender Museum Center in Fullerton California in 2014[9] and the Hard Rock Casino in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, in 2015.[11][12]

Paul McCartney[edit]

Anderson performs during Paul McCartney's On The Run Tour

In 2001, Anderson, along with drummer Abe Laboriel Jr., got a call from producers Mo Jackson and David Kahne to play and sing on Sir Paul McCartney's record Driving Rain;[13] this became the birth of the Paul McCartney Band. After finishing the record and performing at The Concert for New York City, the band went on the road for a critically acclaimed tour, playing well over 100 shows in the US, Japan, Mexico and Europe, including those at the Roman Colosseum, Live 8 UK and Red Square in Moscow. Following the success of this tour four DVDs were released, all featuring Anderson on guitar: Back in the U.S., Back in the World, Paul McCartney in Red Square and The Space Within US. In addition to the studio album Driving Rain, Anderson would go on to play guitar on McCartney's Chaos and Creation in the Backyard and, in addition to guitar work, would also contribute vocals to the 2007 release, Memory Almost Full.[13] He also took part in Good Evening New York City and Good Evening Europe. Anderson continued performing during the Summer Live’09 Tour and the Up and Coming Tour (2010-2011). In 2012, several prominent performances included the Olympics opening ceremony and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert. McCartney released "New" in 2013 to which Anderson contributed guitar and backing vocals.[14] The Out There tour began in the USA in 2014 and continued in 2015.[15]

Other Artists and Media[edit]

Anderson's collaborations and recordings include music by Elton John, Little Richard, New Radicals, Willie Nelson, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Michael Bublé, Sinéad O'Connor, The Wallflowers, Jewel, Santana, Stevie Nicks, Ronan Keating and Joe Cocker, and Ricky Martin's surf riff in "Livin' La Vida Loca." Also, The Bangles, Matthew Sweet, Neil Diamond, Animal Logic (with Stewart Copeland and Stanley Clarke), Belinda Carlisle, Susanna Hoffs, Parthenon Huxley, Carole King, Gwen Stefani, Steven Tyler, Regina Spektor, Dido, Cat Stevens, Miley Cyrus, Eros Ramazzotti, Nelly Furtado, Robi Draco Rosa, Lisa Marie Presley and k.d. lang. In addition to Anderson's solo songwriting career, he has written with and produced acts such as Chris Shaffer of The Why Store, Jordan Lawhead and Emma Burgess, resulting in song uses in TV shows Cold Case, Men In Trees, Kyle XY and Wildfire . [16] Other soundtrack credits include Highlander, Highlander II and Beyond Westworld. [17]



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