January 26, 2020
On August 31, 2019, a day when the weatherman told us that Hurricane Dorian would hit us, we had our first Belle Oaks Music Festival near Brooker, FL. The hurricane stayed away and everyone had a great time, so Doug and Michelle Green, Scott Roberts, and I decided to make it an annual thing. Our next one is coming next month on February 22 when we don't expect any hurricanes. We've got some great bands coming so make your plans now!
January 24, 2019
Great fun last weekend at the Baygrass Festival in Islamorada. I played a duo set with the amazing Silas Powell and we had a blast! Below is a photo in which Silas appears to have a chicken on his head. The whole festival is a lot of fun. Come on down next year!
I'll be playing with the Driftwoods again soon and also have another show with Don't Pet the Grass doing bluegrassish versions of Tom Petty tunes. The band includes Tom’s former Mudcrutch bandmate Danny Roberts along with Mike Boulware, James Tuck Tucker, and myself.
For details always check my Shows page. I hope to see you soon!
October 11, 2018
IBMA 2018 was a blast! I got to see some great new and old bands and some great new and old friends. It was great to see my buddy Ned Luberecki win a well-deserved Banjo Player of the Year award!
Last Friday I had a fun recording session for Andre Michaud with partners Tuck Tucker, Gabe Valla, Lis Williamson, and Barbara Johnson at Gatorbone Studios with Lon Williamson at the helm.
Come out to see Gabe, Lis, Lon and I on November 3 in St. Augustine! For details always check my Shows page.
I got to play Earl Scruggs' old Vega!
Here with Johnny Baier (of the American Banjo Museum) and Gary "Biscuit" Davis - both amazing players!
May 3, 2018
I was lucky enough to get to play a few tunes with the legendary Peter Rowan, Chris Henry, and Lon and Lis Williamson at the Thomas Center show. What a blast! (photos courtesy of Russell Ettllng and rick Davidson)
March 9, 2018
I've had some fun gigs with Lon, Lis, and Gabe lately and now it's almost time again for Suwannee Banjo Camp 2018. If you are a banjo player (or want to be one) come on out. I promise you'll be glad you did!
Here I am with one of my banjo heroes and fellow instructor, the great Alan Munde at Suwannee Banjo Camp, 2017
January 9, 2018
Happy New Year! It's busy already with good music happenings...
Last week I met Rodney Dillard when he was here in Gainesville doing a show with the Walker Brothers. I wish we'd had more time for me to hear more of his great stories!
Last weekend I was in Knoxville for the annual Banjothon and Loarfest. I saw and played a lot of great instruments and visited with a lot of old friends. My weekend was made especially memorable by a reunion with my old friend Charlie Cobble. Charlie is the nicest guy you could ever meet, and he was the first great banjo player I got to see and hear really close up. In addition to knowing all of the standard banjo tunes and more, he could play every note of every fiddle tune with flowing ease. When I first stumbled upon a jam with Charlie and his picking buddies at the festival Slagle’s Pasture in Elizabethton, Tennessee, they were nice enough to invite me as a 16 year old kid to play with them. It was scary as heck for me to drop into that group of amazing pickers, but it was a blast! I always left inspired to learn more and I returned every summer for the next several years until I started college. I’ve been wishing I could pick like Charlie ever since! We hadn’t seen each other in person in over 30 years so it was really great to see him and talk for a while.
I played last Sunday night at Creekside Dinery in St. Augustine filling in with the Driftwoods. I have three more of those dates in the next couple of months so come out for some great food and music.
August 4, 2017
It's been a hot, wet summer with some music sprinkled in.
I recently visited backstage at the Grand Ole Opry with my friend Jake Workman, the amazing guitar player with Ricky Skaggs. My buddies Aubrey Haynie and Scott Vestal just happened to be filling in that night and Scott let me try out his 1933 Granada (it started as a PB.) Sadly, he didn't leave any of his notes on it for me. (Before you ask, that's George Gruhn on the couch and Ricky Skaggs in the doorway.)
I did a gig at Satchel's recently with my old buddy Tuck Tucker as a duo and Slidey and I had a great time. We'll be doing some more of that. Come out and see me next on Aug. 24 with the Gatorbone band in St. Augustine! For details always check my Shows page.
May 4, 2017
Suwannee Banjo Camp was another great one! Everyone I talked to said they had a great time. Put it on your calendar every year!
Watch for some of my upcoming shows - I have one next week with Tuck Tucker at Lightnin' Salvage at Satchel's Pizza.
February 3, 2017
Last month I was a Jambassador for the 2017 Baygrass Festival in Islamorada. It was a great time! Thanks to my buddies in Grandpa's Cough Medicine for inviting me onstage for a few tunes. Those boys like to play fast! I also got to jam for a few hours with Mike Compton, Silas Powell, Anjelica Grim Doerfel, and AJ Lee among many others. It was great to sing a few songs with Anjelica and AJ. What great singers!L-r: Scott Anderson, Mike Compton, Josh Powell, and SIlas Powell
I stopped playing for a minute to take a quick video at the finale of the 2017 Baygrass Festival.
Come out and hear me this Friday with The Mitch Corbin Trio at Disney Springs and on Sunday with The Driftwoods at Creekside Dinery. For more info click here:.
January 9, 2017
I was lucky enough to visit my first Banjothon this past weekend in Knoxville (thanks, Roger!) I met some new friends, saw some old ones, and played a BUNCH of great prewar Gibsons. Here are a few photos including a photobomb by J.D. Crowe himself! Thanks to Ned Luberecki for that great shot. I'm holding J.D.'s old "Banger" there. This 1929 original 3, no-hole flathead #9467-5 can be heard on many classic Jimmy Martin recordings as well as Rounder 0044, Bluegrass Album Band and many more. I've spent many hours trying to emulate the sound of that player and that banjo.
Some of the herd.
The amazing Noam Pikelny here. I was lucky enough to hear Noam play quite a bit and he let me play his old Granada too. I really liked it.
Jamming here with banjo master Ned Lubercki and the fantastic Chris Joslin on a batch of old top tension models.
December 16, 2016
I had the good fortune to sit in with my friends The Driftwoods at Creekside Dinery for a few tunes last month. I'll be filling in for Eric Searcy with them for a few more dates in February and March. I'll also be doing some shows with Lis, Lon, and Gabe as a new band, as of yet unnamed. So please send me some good band name suggestions!
June 28, 2016
I was in Virginia recently visiting family and attending the memorial service for Dr. Ralph Stanley. It was an emotional time honoring a great man who was also a legendary musician. He will be greatly missed. You can see more of my thoughts on Ralph and some photos here.
In one of the most surreal moments of my life, I sat next to Ralph during a banjo workshop at MerleFest 2014 when he announced that he would be cancelling his already-announced retirement. And then the assembled players onstage all played a round of his own Clinch Mountain Backstep in his honor. I will never forget that moment. You can see YouTube video of all this here.
May 2, 2016
I just returned from another great Merlefest hearing some great music and seeing a lot of old (and new) friends. Here is Flattop and me with an excellent Photobomb courtesy of Steve Johnson himself.
April 2, 2016
Recently I taught at another Suwannee Banjo Camp. If you have never been to a camp like this, GO! It's a great experience.
In the near future I'll be working on a few new project including a new (additional) band configuration that promises to be a lot of fun. I will also have an article on the American Banjo Museum published in an upcoming issue of Banjo Newsletter. Stay tuned!
February 28, 2016
I had my buddy Jim Hurst do a house concert last night and as usual he was amazing! I got to play a few tunes with him too which was a lot of fun.
I've got a show coming up on March 6 with my friends The Driftwoods (filling in for Eric who will be surfing the North Shore of Oahu - lucky dog!) at Creekside Dinery in St. Augustine. Come out for some great food and music.
Also Suwannee Banjo Camp 2016 is fast approaching on the third weekend in March. Be there!
February 18, 2016
Recently I was lucky enough to get to play with one of my mandolin heroes, David Grisman. Yes, Dawg himself. What a blast! Thanks to my buddy Mickey Abraham for making it happen! Hope to see you soon...
December 9, 2016
Merry Christmas! At this time of year I always remember the video above of my old band Endless Highway and my friend the late Greg Turner. I hope you like it.
Now is also a good time to remember the banjo players in your life with a gift of Suwannee Banjo Camp 2016. That's always a great time.
Keep checking back here for shows I'll be playing as well as shows I'll be promoting. I'm working on details now for a great one on January 9...
October 6, 2015
I am proud to introduce The Scott Anderson Band, circa 2015! Watch for us at a show near you!
August 5, 2015
Amanda and Christian have gotten married and moved off to Birmingham where Amanda has begun dental school at UAB and Christian has a new job in addition to more fiddle gigs, both playing and recording. Amanda will be able to perform on a pretty rare basis. I will continue on with The Scott Anderson Band and has some great shows planned for the fall. Watch out for more news and shows!
You can check out my latest article on a recent banjo-full trip to North Carolina in Banjo Newsletter here.
March 23, 2015
I filled in with Newtown on short notice this past weekend on guitar after their usual player contracted viral meningitis. (He's doing OK!)
Kati is an old friend and the whole band is great with great material. It was a blast!
March 13, 2015
Last weekend we were lucky enough to be invited to play the Bluegrass on the Beach Festival at Lake Havasu, Arizona with Bud Bierhaus and Eric Uglum and the Vintage Martins. (Eric is Christian's stepdad.) It was a great festival and we had a great time with some borrowed instruments. We even got to jam a little bit in the parking lot!
We have a private gig next week, and the end of March brings the always popular Suwannee Banjo Camp!
January 8, 2015
Happy New Year! Time for some music!
Come out this Saturday to Music Junction in Alachua, Florida to see our friend and Scott's old boss, Jim Hurst. He will knock your socks off! More info at mato music concerts. Then next weekend, come to the Florida Keys with The Amanda and Scott Anderson Band and more for the Baygrass Bluegrass Festival.
On January 31, come out for at mini-festival including a Bluegrass Parlor Band reunion set in honor of Tom Henderson at Christ Our
Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Always remember to check our shows page here for info on what's coming next.
December 4, 2014
Around Christmastime I always think of this video with my old band Endless Highway and my old friend Greg Turner on mandolin, Gabe Valla on guitar, and Mike Hyde on bass. Sadly, Greg passed away on Nov. 9, 2013. I played a lot of music with Greg over quite a few years and we had a lot of good times. And he was a great mandolin player. We miss him.
November 26, 2014
We had a great time at the Otter Springs Festival and it's so nice that Dave and the folks at Tin Roof Shack Productions have brought that one back. Be sure to support this one and their other festivals so we can have more bluegrass in Florida!
We hope to see you at the Florida Opry in Plant City on December 13, and then On January 10 in Alachua for shows and workshops with our buddy, the amazing Jim Hurst, and then at the Baygrass Bluegrass Festival on January 18 in Islamorada in the Florida Keys.
Merlefest was a blast! The band played a set and did a workshop, and I did a banjo workshop with Sammy Shelor on Friday and Banjorama! on Saturday with more of his heroes, including a surprise appearance by Dr. Ralph Stanley, in which he announced that he will NOT be retiring. See the video here:
April 19, 2014
Here's our recent video of "Weather With You" from Medusa Studios.
March 5, 2014
'Tis the season! Come and and see us this weekend at the Newell Lodge Festival near Folkston, GA, and next weekend at the Withlacoochee River Bluegrass Festival. In April it's Suwannee Banjo Camp and Merlefest, and in May the Gamble Rogers Festival.
Also keep a lookout for a new video to be released soon.
November 9, 2013
Greg Turner, my old buddy from The Bluegrass Parlor Band and Endless Highway passed away today. I was lucky enough to play a lot of music with Greg. He was a great player and friend. He will be missed.
OK, the official word is out. We'll be playing Merlefest in April 2014! We are thrilled and we can't wait to get there!
October 16, 2013
We recorded Honky Tonk Heros at Lon and Lis Williamson's Gatorbone studios for the upcoming Gamble Rogers tribute project, Oklawaha County Jamboree. We think Lon and Lis may be the nicest people in the whole world. We're looking for ward to hearing the entire project which will include a lot of different Florida bands.
More BIG news coming soon...
July 13, 2013
Finally, a minute to breathe...we've been to Suwannee Banjo Camp, Stringbreak, and Sertoma festivals among others. Also Virginia and North Carolina, and Scott had a fantastic 25th anniversary trip with wife Mary to Greece. Greece is highly recommended.
We will be returning to Lightnin' Salvage at Satchel's pizza here in Gainesville, FL next Thursday, July 18. Come on out for great food and fun!
p.s. There's a brief sighting of the skunk ape not too far into this video.
February 10, 2013
We're back into the busy season. Scott returned from the first Mountain Song at Sea cruise last week and it was a blast (Amanda got to go to class instead.) We had a really good banjo jam on there one day! (see below) Then we had a fun show last night at the Florida Opry in Plant City. We shared the bill with the amazing Richard Smith and played a few tunes with him at the end of the show.
players, clockwise starting with Scott: Scott Anderson, Rob McCoury, Emory Lester, Mark Johnson, Graham Sharp, Noam Pikelny, Ashley Campbell
We've been asked to record a song for an upcoming Gamble Rogers tribute - we'll keep you posted. We also have a bunch of shows coming up in the next few weeks and hope to see you there!
September 17, 2012
We've had some time off while Scott recovers from a big shoulder surgery. He has to avoid guitars for a while! See us next in October at the Gainesville Downtown Festival.
February 5. 2012
I put on a house concert this past Monday with one of my banjo heroes, the great Alan Munde. We had 3/5 of the Alan Munde Gazette (Elliott Rogers and Nate Lee were here too) and they put on a great show. Scott even got to play a few tunes with them, including a twin banjo version of Alan's "Peaches and Cream" with Alan playing harmony to Scott's attempt at Alan's original second solo. Cool!
From a recent photo shoot in St. Augustine.
l-r: Wendy Buckner-Sewell, Scott Anderson, Keith Sewell, Sebastian Stienberg (hidden) and Andy Leftwich
l-r: Scott Anderson, Wendy Buckner-Sewell, Keith Sewell, Andy Leftwich, Sebastian Stienberg, and Luke Bulla
l-r: Scott Anderson, Wendy Buckner-Sewell, Keith Sewell, Sebastian Stienberg, and Andy Leftwich
l-r Amanda Anderson, Scott Anderson, Keith Sewell, Sean Watkins, unknown, Luke Bulla, Jerry Roe, Andy Leftwich, and Rachel Warren Leftwich
l-r Scott Anderson, Andy Leftwich, Graham Sharp, Nicky Sanders, Keith Sewell, Charles Humphrey III, Mike Guggino, and Woody Platt
Scott sitting in with The Claire Lynch Band, Winter Garden, FL April 9, 2010
August, 2009 Another Day CD release party
April 27, 2009 Merlefest
I got to see Béla Fleck on his Throw Down Your Heart tour and I interviewed him for Banjo Newsletter.
March 22, 2009 Suwannee Banjo Camp
Suwannee Banjo Camp, 2008
JHB at Grace UMC, May 7, 2006
Bitterroot Bluegrass Festival, Montana, July 2005
Withlacoochee BG Fest, November 2004
Jim Hurst Band TV appearance 2004 Macon GA
Scott Anderson Band, Sertoma Bluegrass Festival, 2002
Endless Highway at Withlacoochee, March 1999
Mike Hyde, Gabe Valla, Scott, and Tuck Tucker
Seminole, Florida 1999
IBMA convention 1996
Endless Highway performing in the Big Chickee at Big Cypress Indian Reservation for Fire on the Swamp, 1996
Endless Highway at Spirit of the Suwannee, April 1996
Bluegrass Parlor Band, 1991
Labadee, Haiti 1991
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