The Barrett Anderson Band
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The Barrett Anderson Band

Cambridge, MA | Established. Jan 01, 2008 | SELF

Cambridge, MA | SELF
Established on Jan, 2008
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"... A modern songwriter of the blues..."

Barrett Anderson knows the roots of the blues -- he has recorded songs by Muddy Waters and Son House -- but he's never afraid to split off and do his own thing. He's very much a modern songwriter of the blues, incorporating the energy of the J. Geils Band at times and singing and writing with a rhythmic flair propelled by his outstanding guitar playing. He can pick in the subdued, lyrical style of Ronnie Earl, or burn with the dynamics of a true rocker. His album, "The Long Fall," is a first-rate statement and helped earn him a Boston Music Award for best blues artist of the year."
--- STEVE MORSE, former staff critic for the Boston Globe for 28 years who now teaches Rock History at Berklee College of Music. - Steve Morse, 2015


"...Barrett Anderson is the real deal..."

When I first met and heart the very talented Barrett Anderson he was in a band with Ron Levy and Per Hanson, two of the most renowned elder statesment of the Blues in New England and the world. He was in a Blues/R&B groove band that really showcased his blazing leads. By the time the trio finished Muddy's "Can't Be Satisfied," featuring Anderson's biting slide guitar, I was very, very impressed. Eyes closed, singing gruff and growling vocals, and playing the shit out of his old Telecaster with the worn fretboard. Barrett Anderson is the real deal. - A.J. Wachtel- The Noise- New England's longest running entertainment publication


"He's just a wizard on the guitar."

He's just a wizard on the guitar. - Ronnie Earl, interviewed by Brian Owens, Metronome Magazine


"...Barrett is his own man..."

Having had the opportunity to apprentice with Ronnie Earl and Monster Mike Welch, in addition to jamming with other greats in blues, it would be far too easy for Anderson to just repackage the music of those two guitar-slingers, but it is clear from the first note coaxed from Barrett's guitar, Barrett is his own man. - Georgetown Fats, editor, Boston Blues Society


"Barrett Anderson's roots explorations are full of true to the heart playing."

Quote from music critic Ted Drozdowski - Ted Drozdowski, 2008


"BARRETT ANDERSON - THE POTHOLE CREW - JIM COYLE and THE BAR-ROOM GENTLEMEN - Live at Atwood's review by AJ Wachtel"

...After about an hour and a half breakdown/set-up time period, Barrett Anderson brings his excellent Chicago blues band up to play. They ignite the crowd with two sets of incredible music featuring Ron Levy on organ and Per Hanson on drums/harp and vocals. And in the second set, like icing on a cake, national star/local artist Lydia Warren joins the group with her guitar and stunning vocals and the trio becomes a foursome and the performance becomes incredible. Music highlights include: originals "Gone" and "Broken Down" from his debut album "All The Way Down," Barrett's Mississippi Fred McDowell-influenced slide guitar, and their blazing covers of Muddy Water's "Can’t Be Satisfied" and John Lee Hooker's "Dimples.” Ron Levy is a master of every note he plays and Per's rousing harp/vocals/drums performance on Jimmy Reed's "Going To New York" is inspiring to say the least. Swampy Blues: for a white band they sure sound black. - The Boston Blues Society


"The Long Fall album review"

At the relatively young age of 30 years old, Barrett Anderson has had the opportunity to apprentice with both Ronnie Earl and Monster Mike Welch, jam with Bob Margolin and Pinetop Perkins while gigging regularly with Ron Levy and Per Hanson. Barrett Anderson, without aid of a car-magnates bankroll and finances, has shared the stage with some of the best in contemporary blues. The stories he shared in his recent run of 'In His Own Words' features are impressive. More impressive is how these greats have inspired Barrett's playing. He may have shared the stage with great bluesmen, but when fronting his own band and playing his own music, he is his own man.

The Long FAll opens with 'Not Your Baby,' a slow-burning blues rock. Anderson's mix of singing and spoken lyrics over the groove detail a late night carnal tale that could only happen well past last call. Showing every bit their own musical pedigrees, Levy and Hanson are content to help propel the track rather than overplay.

On 'Mile Wid Wind' the listener is treated to a raucous barn burner of a track. At a brisk three minutes and five seconds Anderson and company bring the listener aboard the musical train and quickly pick up tempo. With its infectious groove 'Mile Wide Wind' is best enjoyed at high volumes and repeated listenings.

And what blues rock release would be complete without a love song? On 'Peace I Need,' thankfully Anderson proves his talent to surpass his chronological years. Rather than a hackneyed cliche filled love song, 'Peace I Need' goes in a different direction detailing a summertime encounter that became a lifelong committment. - Boston Blues Society


"Blues Bites"

We're just now hearing the solo album, released late in 2007, by guitarist Barrett Anderson. Once a member of Ronnie Earl's Broadcasters, Anderson took an unpredictable turn when he headed to MIssissippi in search of the deepest blues. The results are heard on the Jimbo Mathus-produced All The Way Down, a raw set heavy on Delta and Hill Country blues. "Woke This Morning," a minor-key instrumental, introduces a jazzy guitar figure not unlike the melody of "Summertime," then moves into jagged soloing, with lots of room sound (how far away from the microphone was that piano, anyway?) and atmospheric reverb. Barrett Strong's "Money (That's What I Want)" is here, in a wonderfully crude take. The Chicago style is heard in "Red's," a churning instrumental built on the "Killin' Floor" motif.
-Tom Hyslop - Blues Revue Magazine, July 2010


"Barrett Anderson's roots explorations are full of true to the heart playing."

Quote from music critic Ted Drozdowski - Ted Drozdowski, 2008


"Blues Bites"

We're just now hearing the solo album, released late in 2007, by guitarist Barrett Anderson. Once a member of Ronnie Earl's Broadcasters, Anderson took an unpredictable turn when he headed to MIssissippi in search of the deepest blues. The results are heard on the Jimbo Mathus-produced All The Way Down, a raw set heavy on Delta and Hill Country blues. "Woke This Morning," a minor-key instrumental, introduces a jazzy guitar figure not unlike the melody of "Summertime," then moves into jagged soloing, with lots of room sound (how far away from the microphone was that piano, anyway?) and atmospheric reverb. Barrett Strong's "Money (That's What I Want)" is here, in a wonderfully crude take. The Chicago style is heard in "Red's," a churning instrumental built on the "Killin' Floor" motif.
-Tom Hyslop - Blues Revue Magazine, July 2010


Discography

"The Long Fall," 2013, Barrett Anderson

"I'll Be Dreaming of Boston," 2009, Samantha Farrell

"All the Way Down," 2007, Barrett Anderson

"Adding Insight to Injury," 2004, "Monster" Mike Welch Band

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Fronted by Boston-based blue singer/guitarist, the award winning Barrett Anderson Band packs a mesmerizing, backbeat-heavy, hypno-boogie punch.  The Barrett Anderson Band has learned from, and played with, the very best in the music world, and provides a unique voice, one equally informed by classic blues, soul, and rock & roll. 

Winner, Boston Music Awards, 2013 Blues Artist of the Year.

"He can pick in the subdued, lyrical style of Ronnie Earl, or burn with the dynamics of a true rocker."
     -Steve Morse, former staff critic of the Boston Globe for 28 years who now teaches Rock History at Berklee College of Music

"He may have shared the stage with great bluesmen, but when fronting his own band and playing his own music he is his own man."
     -Georgetown Fats, editor, Boston Blues Society

"He's just a wizard on the guitar."
     -Ronnie Earl,  interviewed by Brian Owens, Metronome Magazine

"Tomorrow Morning and Emma Lee, from the new CD, really set me and the crowd on fire.  This is cool music from a great band."
     -AJ Wachtell, The Noise Magazine

 "Barrett Anderson's roots explorations are full of true to the heart playing."
     -Ted Drozdowski, music critic.

THE BARRETT ANDERSON BAND
An award-winning band comprised of 
Barrett: Vocals & Guitar
Jamie "Black Cat Bone" Hatch: Bass
Doug MacLeod: Drums

Barrett - A 17 year veteran of the scene, Barrett cut his teeth by playing with members of Muddy Waters' 1970s band, Pinetop Perkins & Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin, in the late 90's.  Following that, he spent a combined 6 years in the internationally-acclaimed blues bands Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters and The Monster Mike Welch Band.  Barrett recorded his first recording (with neo-swing legend Jimbo Mathus producing) in North Mississippi in 2007.  He returned to his native New England and quickly enlisted some of the world's heaviest blues musicians - Ron Levy (organist for Albert King, BB King, Roomful of Blues, and countless more) and Per Hanson (drummers for Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, Jimmy Rogers, David Maxwell, and more).  In 2013 Barrett's second album, The Long Fall, was released (produced by Cambridge's roots-rock king Dennis Brennan, and featuring the legendary organ trio lineup he had been working with all across new england ), and Barrett won a highly prestigious Boston Music Award, 2013 Blues Artist of the Year.

Jamie "Black Cat Bone" Hatch - A reformed guitarist, bassist Jamie Hatch brings the low end to the foreront.  His playing is big, full, and driving; he is a master at propelling the music forward, whether through playing hard or laying back.  Bringing a more jazz/free-oriented aesthetic to the band, Jamie "Black Cat Bone" is an integral voice to The Barrett Anderson Band, and is the sole voice for the unique, sub-100 hz. frequencies you hear on stage.

Doug MacLeod - The man who keeps the rhythm moving and the beat grooving, Doug MacLeod provides the central heartbeat for The Barrett Anderson Band.  His sense of  beat is funky and driving, equally informed by dual-drummer lineups such as The Grateful Dead & The Allman Brothers Band, and solo drum masters "Zigaboo" Modeliste, Al Jackson Jr., and Levon Helm, Doug brings a rocking' back beat groove that makes hips sway and feet tap.

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