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The best kept secret in music


Nashville artist Anderson has a pleasing, assured vocal presence that, in the tune "On My Knees," recalls classic Top 40 troubadour Jim Croce. Anderson is aming for a mainstream Nashville vibe, however, and, supported by pro players, savvy production and deft arrangemets, he achieves it, especially on "Matter of the Heart" and the wistful "Rain in Denver." It's all extremely competent stuff, but he might need to do even more to rise above the competition.

Musicianship.......7 - Music Connection, Vol. XXX, No. 12


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“Leaving home was the hardest thing to do.” That was the feeling when Brooks left his life-long home of Centennial, Colorado, a suburb of Denver, for Hastings, Nebraska in 2000. College bound, with a football scholarship to Hastings College, and not a friend in town, Brooks remained optimistic about the opportunity.

“I loved playing football, and it got me into Hastings. It was a tough decision though, I could have gone to any number of colleges across the East coast on lacrosse scholarships, but Hastings was the perfect fit for me.”

Athletics were the way to Brooks’ heart. Throughout high school, he excelled not only in academics, but also earned nine letters in football, basketball and lacrosse. It was that love and determination that led him to the University of Colorado two years later. “My body was beat up. I had a new focus. I rekindled my love for music at Hastings.”

It was merely a matter of fate that Brooks found his calling in life. During his sophomore year a friend and teammate heard him playing the latest Tim McGraw hit. He simply asked Brooks why was he in Hastings and not in Nashville. This friend, along with Brooks’ roommate, encouraged him to audition for the annual talent show. “It really didn’t take much. I just smiled and told them all to look out.”

Brooks not only dazzled the crowed, but it was at that point when he realized his calling. He packed his bags and moved back to Colorado. “It wasn’t Nashville, but there were a lot more opportunities for me to fine tune my performance and work with better writers before I shot for the stars.”

The University of Colorado brought out the Renaissance man in Brooks. While studying political science, he worked at a local dinner theater answering phones and taking reservations. This led to a job as a bus boy, and later as head bartender. Though it was a stable job, he knew something was missing. “I liked my job and I loved the people, but I realized that I wasn’t a student.”

Brooks found himself studying less and writing more. He also found his home away from home, a small bar and grill on the outskirts of Denver.

“I heard about this songwriter’s night at the Meade Street Station, so I thought I would give it a chance. I was hooked. The first night I received a standing ovation when finishing with ‘Sweet Home Alabama’.”

From that moment on, Brooks was a staple at the Meade Street Station. He continued to play there at every Monday’s writers’ night. This led to a spot in the noted Highland Street Fair, and then a solo performance at the world renowned Grizzly Rose Saloon. “That’s when it hit me. When I was up on stage and it was effortless and natural. I knew that it was time to move to Nashville.”

Brooks continued to work as a bartender while writing songs, and play acoustic gigs around Denver. He even made a guest appearance with the local band, Orions Room, singing a rocked out version of “Man of Constant Sorrow,” while saving money and finalizing his moving plans.

“Leaving home is still the hardest thing I have ever done .” In January 2005, Brooks packed all his belongings and finally moved to Music City. During his first month in Nashville, Brooks had a house gig at the Italian restaurant Lazio’s in Spring Hill and has been on stage at the Blue Bird Café and The Douglas Corner Cafe'.

Since his arrival, Brooks has continued to perform and write. He has appeared in several writers’ nights around Nashville and been on stage at some of Nashville’s hottest hot spots.

“I don’t think I can say it any better than Allan Jackson: ‘I’m chasin’ that neon rainbow, livin’ that honky-tonk dream’.”