Hit Songwriter Bios—Al Anderson
From Nashville Underground:
Al Anderson grew up in Windsor, Connecticut, the son of a bass-playing father and piano playing/teaching mother. Al played with the The New Rhythm and Blues Quartet, or NRBQ, from 1971 to 1993.
In 1993, Al was voted one of "the top 100 guitarists of the 20th century" by MUSICIAN Magazine, receiving accolades in the "team player" category.
These days, Al is working primarily as a songwriter. Hank Williams Jr. kicked off Al's songwriting career back in '88, recording his "You're Gonna Be A Sorry Man" for his gold-award winning release Wild Streak. His songs have since been covered by The Mavericks, Hal Ketchum, Deanna Carter, Lee Roy Parnell, Tim McGraw, Diamond Rio, and others. Al has also kept himself busy singing radio and television jingles - Tide, Rax Roast Beef and United States Fidelity and Guaranty have been mentioned as ads his voice has graced. Also, you may have seen or heard him in "Double J" Jeff Jarrett's backup band for a WWF pay-per-view event or performing the entrance music for WWF wrestler Billy "Rockabilly" Gunn.
Also in demand as a session player, Big Al's guitar playing can be found on releases by various artists including Brothers Phelps, Kevin Welch, The Highwaymen and more. These days, Al splits his time between Connecticut and Nashville where he writes with some of the best tunesmiths in Music City. Al has also kept himself busy singing radio and television jingles - Tide, Rax Roast Beef and United States Fidelity and Guaranty have been mentioned as ads his voice has graced.
Perhaps overshadowed by his guitar playing, let's not forget Al's fine soulful voice. Just as his guitar playing ran the gamut of styles, so was he called on to sing a wide variety of cover songs and originals. Big Joe Turner, Johnny Cash, Billy Stewart, and Charles Wright: Al could sing 'em all and make them his own.