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Scotty Anderson

Scotty Anderson

Like guitar greats Jimmy Bryant, Hank Garland, Joe Maphis, Lenny Breau, Roy Buchanan and Danny Gatton before him, six-string hotshot Scotty Anderson is a little bit country, a little bit jazz and a whole lot mind-boggling. On his debut for J Curve Roots and Blues, Triple Stop, the fingerstyle virtuoso from Park Hills, Ky., scorches the fretboard of his ’68 Fender Telecaster with jaw-dropping technique as he blazes through a wildly diverse set that includes Baby Face Willette’s B-3 burner “Jumpin’ Jupiter,” Stan Kenton’s “Artistry in Rhythm,” Horace Silver’s “Nutville” and Frederick Steiner’s “Theme from Perry Mason.” Throw in a Chet Atkins-meets-Django Reinhardt rendition of “Sweet Sue,” a beautifully lyrical reading of Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender” and an unaccompanied, Merle Travis-styled version of the traditional “John Henry” and you’ve got an astounding collection of licks, tricks and sheer chops by one of the fastest, most original guitar pickers today.

The 47-year-old Anderson has maintained a kind of cult status among other guitar slingers over the years. In 1985 he released his first album, Sleight of Hand, on the regional Magnum label and in 1991 filmed an instructional video, Red Hot Guitar, for Arlen Roth’s Hot Licks company. Since then he’s done clinics and made appearances at various NAMM shows and folk festivals for the National Council of Traditional Arts, while also terrorizing the bar scene around his tri-state stomping grounds of Kentucky-Ohio-Indiana; all of which has led to Scotty being named recently by Guitar One magazine as one of “America’s 10 Best Unknown Guitarists.”

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