Rusty Anderson

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Rusty Anderson
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Background information
Born (1959-01-20) January 20, 1959 (age 56)
Origin La Habra, California, United States
Genres Rock, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Guitarist, session musician, singer-songwriter, record producer
Instruments Guitar, vocals, bass guitar, harmonica, keyboards, drums, tambura, bouzouki
Years active 1976–present
Labels Surfdog, Oxide Records
Associated acts Ednaswap, Paul McCartney, Rusty Anderson Afternoon

Rusty Anderson (born January 20, 1959) is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. He is best known as the lead guitarist for Paul McCartney's tours and performances since 2001, though he has worked with an extensive list of artists in addition to his own solo career.

Early life[edit]

Rusty Anderson grew up in La Habra, California. At age 8, his father gave him his first electric guitar. Anderson's mother convinced him to take music lessons but after a few weeks he decided to stop formal lessons and, fueled by his passion for the likes of The Beatles, Peter Gabriel's Genesis, The Mothers of Invention, David Bowie and The Who, Rusty soon formed the rock band Eulogy at age 14.[1] He later attended Fullerton College and played guitar on the 1983 Down Beat award winning LP, Time Tripping while in the jazz groups in the music department.

The original members of Eulogy (who were together in various forms for six years) included singer Myles Crawley, bassist Dirk Van Tatenhove, drummer Ross Holly, and rhythm guitarist Mike Jones, (who currently records as Zallen). Later additions included rhythm guitarist Bob Holmes, keyboardist Jim Hargis and drummers Mark Bustamante, Rod Mitchell, John Nyman, Jim Volpe and Chuck Billings. Eulogy won a sizable local following, playing with bands such as The Police, Van Halen, Eddie Money, The Runaways, The Ramones, Quiet Riot and The Motels. Eulogy also lent their talent to singer/songwriter/actress Ronee Blakley for the Wim Wenders film, I Played It For You, and appeared in 1980 alongside Blakley and Rene Auberjonois in episode "Sound Of Terror" of the television series Beyond Westworld.[1] Eulogy broke up shortly thereafter and along with Van Tatenhove, Anderson formed the band Soldier. Musically evolving into a singer-songwriter/rock hybrid style they played live shows in Southern California. Paul Ratajczak produced and engineered 8 songs commissioned by CBS records.


Less than a year later, Anderson formed "The Living Daylights" with Gregory Markel and John "Gogo" Kallas, 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. Through Eulogy and Living Daylights' manager Mike Jacobs, Anderson was then introduced to producer and A&R man David Kahne, who invited Anderson to play on the Bangles' second album, A Different Light. This opened the door to a host of freelance recording sessions for Anderson, including Fishbone, Matthew Sweet, Neil Diamond, Animal Logic (with Stewart Copeland and Stanley Clarke), Belinda Carlisle, Susanna Hoffs, Little Richard, Parthenon Huxley and Carole King.[2][3]

Ednaswap, back in the studio[edit]

In 1993, Anderson was invited by songwriters Scott Cutler and Anne Preven to join a new band - Ednaswap - along with Paul Bushnel and Carla Azar. The band released four major label records on East West/Elektra Records, and penned the worldwide Number One hit song "Torn", performed by Natalie Imbruglia. After extensive recording and touring for five years, Ednaswap disbanded in the spring of 1999, following their final LP, Wonderland Park.[2]

Refocusing his attention on recording, he went back into the studio to work with a number of other artists including Elton John, New Radicals, Willie Nelson, Sinéad O'Connor, The Wallflowers, Jewel, Santana, Stevie Nicks, Ronan Keating and Joe Cocker, plus Ricky Martin's unforgettable surf riff in "Livin' La Vida Loca." During this period, Anderson kept his creativity in balance by continuing to write his own songs, the bulk of which materialized on his first solo record.

Paul McCartney[edit]

Anderson performing with Paul McCartney on the Out There! Tour in 2014

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;[3][4] 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.[1] 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. The Out There tour began in the USA in 2014 and continued in 2015 through Asia, South America, Central America, Europe and North America.

Solo release[edit]

With most of the songs written and recorded for his debut solo album Undressing Underwater, Rusty Anderson invited Paul to join him and the rest of the McCartney band to play bass and 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.[5] Anderson's second studio album Born On Earth was released October 2009. His third studio album Until We Meet Again was released in the spring of 2013,[6] with pre-release copies available during the winter 2012 leg of Paul McCartney's On The Run tour.

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.”

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". 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.

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. 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 and the Hard Rock Casino in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, in 2015.

Other artists[edit]

In addition to playing live shows to promote his own record, Rusty Anderson continued to play guitar with a host of other artists, including Gwen Stefani, Steven Tyler, Richie Sambora, Regina Spektor, Dido, Cat Stevens, Miley Cyrus, Eros Ramazzotti, Nelly Furtado, Meat Loaf, Robi Draco Rosa and Lisa Marie Presley. 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.[1]


Guitars: Gibson ES-335 (1959 blonde,1965 cherry red as well as vintage Trini Lopez models ), Gibson Les Paul, Gibson SG, custom-made Firebird[8] as well as Paul Reed Smith Private Stock and Fender guitars. Rusty also occasionally plays Duesenberg guitars and Voyage Air.

Divided By 13 JRT 9/15 with custom 2x12 cabinets, closed, loaded with G12M Greenbacks (with McCartney)
Divided By 13 JRT 9/15 with 2x12D, closed, loaded with G12M Greenbacks (solo,studio)
1965 Vox AC30 head (studio)
Early '70s Marshall Super Bass head (studio)
Early '70s Laney Supergroup head (studio)[9]

He uses Pete Cornish Instrument Cable

Solo albums[edit]


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