Tales from the Swamp

Scott Anderson (featuring Amanda Anderson)

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Includes guests : Amanda Anderson, Tyler Anderson, Barry Bales, Chris Brown, Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, Michael Godwin, Aubrey Haynie, Clay Hess, Byron House, Sierra Hull, Jim Hurst, Randy Kohrs, Claire Lynch, David McMillan, Missy Raines, Tommy Slaughter, Adam Steffey, Jason Thomas, Jarrod Walker, Tyler Walker, Austin Wilder, and Matt Wingate

"Killer recording! Beautiful pickin', singin', and engineering! " - Mark Sahlgren, WMUK Kalamazoo, MI

"Son. Strong." - Dennis Jones WNCW-FM Spindale N.C.

"INCREDIBLE!" - Nancy Lou Jordan, BluegrassPlanetEarth.com

"Amanda is a heck of a singer...This is a great CD with some very fine picking and excellent vocals." Jim Fisher - WGCS, Goshen, IN

"Excellent picking and singing. " - Dennis Quesenberry, NRVbluegrass.com, Ocala, FL

"What a joy it is to hear Scott Anderson play banjo! I am such a fan of Scott's and was excited when I found out about his new release. As always, Scott plays with such soul, grace and drive - everything banjo players strive for. Congrats Scott on a great record!" - Tim Carter, The Carter Brothers, Ridgetop, TN

"WOW, what a project!" - Rita Small, "Bluegrass in the Valley", WAIF-FM, Cincinnati, OH

"This is the GREATEST Banjo album I have ever listened to!!!" - Raymond Herrington

"There are 13 tracks on Scott Anderson’s second solo release. Four are original songs by either Scott or his daughter, Amanda, and the other nine are covers.

Only “Can’t You Hear Me Calling” and the instrumental “Temperance Reel” are bluegrass standards, though “Folsom Prison Blues” might be included in there as well.

Supporting Scott on this project is a host of famed and lesser-known pickers, 23 in all. To name them would probably take most of the space for this review, so better it is to mention them as their performances dictate, as in, for example, Anderson’s cover of “Minor Swing,” a jazz standard that appears on quite a few bluegrass recordings and rarely fails to please. It certainly does not fail here. Anderson notes that this was a late “off-the-cuff” addition, and you can hear that. It’s a bit loose, but it is obvious that Anderson, Sam Bush, Barry Bales, Aubrey Haynie, and Jim Hurst have played this many times, and that “off-the-cuff”quality gives it verve, particularly in the “trading fours” section.

“Minor Swing” is followed by a fine cover of Bob Dylan’s “Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power),” taken at a modest lope. Anderson lays out an expressive vocal interpretation, and Stuart Duncan and Sierra Hull provide some effective support. Also worth noting is the whirling rendition of the aforementioned “Temperance Reel” and the solid quality of two of the band originals: Scott’s minor-tinged “Sorry Song Number Forty-Seven” and Amanda’s “Drivin’, Singin’, Cryin’,” which succeeds on its drive and its bright, catchy chorus. Amanda sings them both and does so with polish and energy. Scott, for his part, gives an equally polished and energetic lead vocal to his cover of Dave Evans’ “Be Proud Of The Gray In Your Hair.” Once you get past the faux, old recording intro, it is among the most enjoyable tracks on this well-played, well-sung album." BW Bluegrass Unlimited July 2011

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  1. 1 Sorry Song Number Forty-Seven (Don't Walk Away) 03:34
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  2. 2 Folsom Prison Blues 03:30
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  3. 3 Joe Meets the Skunk Ape 05:27
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  4. 4 Drivin', Singin', Cryin' 03:15
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  5. 5 Minor Swing 03:29
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  6. 6 Señor (Tales of Yankee Power) 04:18
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  7. 7 That's Real 03:28
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  8. 8 Can't You Hear Me Calling 02:55
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  9. 9 Something Will Change 03:15
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  10. 10 Temperance Reel 03:36
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  11. 11 Be Proud of the Gray in Your Hair 03:26
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  12. 12 Boogie on Broadway 00:18
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  13. 13 Joe Meets the Skunk Ape (campfire version) 05:21
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Another Day

Amanda and Scott Anderson

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Another Day is a tasty buffet of Americana and bluegrass tunes featuring spicy musical support from friends Michael Godwin, David McMillan, Mark Schatz, Tommy Slaughter, Cory Walker, Jarrod Walker, and Austin Wilder.

"Amanda Anderson has thrived under the gentle watch of her father and Gainesville musician extraordinaire, Scott Anderson. Now the daughter-dad duo steps out in this thoughtful, timely collection of songs, "Another Day." Surrounded by slick musicians, their star is destined to rise over the great state of Florida and shine high over the Southeast. I’m proud to be their friend and fan." -Claire Lynch

"I love this recording! It's FABULOUS!!! Awesome job! Everything about it filled my heart with so much joy, but particularly Amanda's singing - what a sweet and gorgeous tone she has to her voice! "
- Jessee Havey of The Duhks

"This CD literally was 15 years in the making, the age Scott's daughter Amanda was at the time of the recording. It's a blessing for the Americana fan with some left over for the bluegrass folk. Smooth, saucy and wistful, but the pedal to the metal when needed. A must for any acoustic music fan." Tom Henderson, "This Is Bluegrass" - WMNF-FM, Tampa, FL

"Another Day is excellent. How wonderful to be able to make such good music with your daughter!" Jan Dale, Southern Style, PBS FM 106.7, Brighton North, Australia

"Another Day" is a first rate CD. Amanda is a very talented young lady. The project is very well done and it deserves to be exposed in this part of the world." Charlie Hansen, Bluegrass Island CFCY FM Cornwall, PE, Canada

"Mighty nice job on Another Day! And Amanda is surely doing wonderfully on the fiddle and singing like she 'owns it'!" Mark Sahlgren WMUK FM, Kalamazoo, MI

"...this is a family making some fine music together..." Henry Koretzky, Bluegrass Unlimited, December 2009

"Your CD is fantastic! We have listened to it so many times we can sing it by heart. We can often be heard around the house singing the songs as well. Thanks!" Lisa Rodriguez

"Father and daughter is not a very common band lineup, but for Amanda & Scott Anderson, it is an effective one. Scott is a seasoned bluegrass player who has been recording and performing for much of his life. Amanda, though not as experienced as her father, is rapidly becoming a legitimate artist in her own right. On Another Day, both Amanda and Scott show that the longevity of experience doesn't necessarily factor into musical ability.

Though the album is composed almost entirely of cover songs, the Andersons' mark is all over it. Amanda's vocals are crisp and clear, and they show the influence artists like Alison Krauss and Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek) have on the band. Amanda sounds much older than she actually is. Scott is the perfect support. His harmonies are flawless, and his abilities as a banjo player are astounding.

There is an inherent charm that comes from listening to a father and daughter collaborate on an album. However, their relation to each other is a logistical aspect of the band. Amanda & Scott Anderson are a bluegrass force that you will be hearing about for a long time." JAMES KAUFHOLZ, Avenue Contributing Writer, Independent Florida Alligator

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  1. 1 Breakaway 04:05
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  2. 2 Looking in the Eyes of Love 04:19
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  3. 3 Red Haired Boy 03:05
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  4. 4 Georgia on My Mind 04:08
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  5. 5 Out of the Rain 03:36
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  6. 6 Eileen's Waltz 03:26
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  7. 7 Another Day 03:44
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  8. 8 I Will 04:26
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  9. 9 Soldier's Joy 02:50
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  10. 10 Wayfaring Stranger 04:57
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  11. 11 Tengo Tres Gatos 02:24
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Rivers

Scott Anderson

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"This is Bluegrass at it's finest. Solid driving Scruggs style banjo, smooth melodic lines and maybe some Bela jazz touches, Scott has covered the bases with traditional and contemporary sounding originals." Dennis Jones WNCW-FM Spindale N.C.

With guests: Wayne Benson, John Cowan, Shelton Feazell, Aubrey Haynie, Jim Hurst, Rob Ickes, Missy Raines, Gabe Valla, Scott Vestal, and Darren Wainright

"The back of the CD says "File under 'bluegrass'," and the cover photo shows Scott Anderson in a stereotypically rural Southern setting, picking his banjo beside a sluggish green river. But don't be fooled — it's really not quite that simple. Though Anderson is a very accomplished bluegrass banjo player and he demonstrates those chops on several tracks, he also spends a considerable amount of time exploring less traditional terrain. Accompanied by such eminent acoustic-music figures as fiddler Aubrey Haynie, singer and guitarist Jim Hurst, banjo player Scott Vestal, and bassist Missy Raines, he plays in a style that varies from straight-ahead (on the Earl Scruggs standard "Nashville Blues") to complex and jazzy (his own composition "Tyler and Amanda") and a hybrid style that alternates melodic with Scruggs-style picking ("Ruby Falls"). His singing is also a consistent delight; while he turns the vocal chores over to others on several tracks, his own vocals offer some of the album's best moments. Highly recommended to all adventurous bluegrass fans."
Rick Anderson, All Music Guide

"Only a musical genius could have done it!" Jane Royal, Midnight Flyer

"...banjo playing and vocal work is great...It's a winner!" Mark Newton, The Mark Newton Band

"...superb selection of tunes, not the least of which are originals...killer arrangement of Nashville Blues...great job on Ichetucknee and Satilla, So Deep...I'll be playing them all." Dave Higgs, WPLN-FM Brentwood, TN

"A very fine project - well done and loaded with originality." Buck Buckner KGNU-FM Boulder, CO

"Scott Anderson is a great artist...banjo picker with a beautiful voice with a superb selection of tunes...Scott is a natural thing! ...and the selection is not easy, all (of the) CD is so good!" Andre LeClerc, Radio Tilt, Gievres, France

"I listen to a lot of albums, and I start to worry about the future of bluegrass and acoustic music. Then an album like Scott's comes to me. His playing stands out as does his singing. Though the album contains artists you hear on other albums it sounds very original because of Scott. IT WILL AND HAS GOTTEN A LOT OF AIRPLAY." "Big" Al Weekley, KRVN, Lexington, NE

"...Scott is a heck of a banjo picker." Vic Canter KCLC-FM St. Peters, MO

"...an excellent collection of originals and generally unknown tunes...all enjoyable and affecting... Nice work all around and a very pleasant listen." Bluegrass Unlimited, January 2002

"Kick @#$* stuff!!" David Berry

"When a lesser-known player employs the services of familiar names, it lends credibility to the album – but risks overshadowing the soloist’s performance. On his debut album (released in 2001), Scott Anderson calls upon such lofty names as Rob Ickes, John Cowan, Aubrey Haynie, Jim Hurst and Missy Raines. Not only is he comfortable among such players, he distinguishes himself as a competent leader and multi talented banjoist.

Anderson, a resident and working musician in the Florida region, provides us with the most refreshing of musical approaches by putting the music above the performance. Because he lets the songs and melodies themselves guide the direction of each piece, indicating no desire to showcase his talents, Anderson has produced a fine and listenable CD. This is banjo playing at it’s most enjoyable.

Displaying his talents for both Scruggs and Melodic style picking, Anderson tackles a wide range of songs on Rivers, including five of his own compositions that demonstrate he is much more than just a talented mimic. The first Anderson track, Ruby Falls, is a melodic-style tune as engaging as anything delivered by Jens Kruger, and played with equal vigor. Ichetucknee, a moving ballad for his favorite river, and Cuttin’ Melons, a hard-driving bluegrass number, seal the deal on the dexterity of his writing abilities.

But perhaps the most unique quality of Rivers is its distribution of talent, allowing each musician a chance to shine beyond their instrumental breaks. With several musicians contributing their own songs, and lead vocals being shared by no less than five equally talented singers, the CD lends its self to repeated listening. What’s more, the sound quality is perfect. Engineered by Scott Vestal, creator of the Stealth Banjo (used exclusively on this album), the CD successfully creates the atmosphere of what would be one helluva front-porch pickin’ session. " Bluegrass Works review by Ben Fitzgerald

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  1. 1 Purple Valley Blues 03:31
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  2. 2 Ruby Falls 03:55
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  3. 3 Ichetucknee 03:28
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  4. 4 Cuttin' Melons 03:13
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  5. 5 Satilla, So Deep 04:40
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  6. 6 I Will Run 02:37
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  7. 7 Mountain of Sorrow 03:01
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  8. 8 Tyler and Amanda 02:21
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  9. 9 The One 02:56
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  10. 10 Hard Time Blues 03:06
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  11. 11 Old Carolina 03:49
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  12. 12 Nashville Blues 05:15
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  13. 13 The Gospel 02:00
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Endless Highway

Endless Highway

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“...Their playing displays passion, a feel for what traditional bluegrass audiences want to hear, and a presentation that is fresh and exciting.” Bluegrass Unlimited, July 1997

“...strong lead singing, a good bluegrass pulse to the rhythm, and some outstanding instrumental work, all done in a time-proven traditional Bluegrass feel and style.” Bluegrass Unlimited, March, 1996

“A third generation bluegrass band to be around for a long time...Keep it up, guys!!!”

Larry Rice

Endless Highway played a unique style of driving, traditionally-oriented bluegrass, performing in front of enthusiastic crowds at the Withlacoochee Bluegrass Jamboree, the Florida Folk Festival, and the Wings and Strings Festival among many others. Endless Highway was the winner of the 1994 local Pizza Hut Bluegrass Showdown and then traveled to Hattiesburg, Mississippi to compete in the Southeast Regional Showdown where they finished second. These appearances soon led to an affiliation with Mid-Knight Records and the release of their debut recording in 1996. A Showcase spot at the IBMA convention in Owensboro, Kentucky soon followed.

Endless Highway was:

Greg Turner-mandolin. Greg grew up with bluegrass through his father's gospel band and started playing as a young teenager by learning from tapes of his father's mandolin lessons with Larry Rice. His playing matured during his 9 years of travelling with the Bluegrass Parlor Band and occasionally with other bands in the Bradenton area, and later with Valla-Turner-Williamson. He was well-known for the incredible tone and taste in his playing and was widely regarded as the best mandolinist in Florida and one of the best in the country. Greg passed away far too soon on November 9, 2013. We miss him.

Scott Anderson-banjo and lead, tenor, and baritone vocals. Scott began his career with the contemporary and Southern gospel of First Light, then played the traditional bluegrass sound of Tom Henderson's Bluegrass Parlor Band, followed by the driving grungegrass of Endless Highway , and the sweet gospel of Gentle River. Following the critical success of his first solo project Rivers, stints as banjoist and vocalist with The Jim Hurst Band and Keith Sewell, and a breakthrough CD project with his daughter Amanda on Another Day, Scott brought these influences together into the powerful acoustic sound and beautiful family harmony of the Amanda and Scott Anderson Band. With an All-Star cast Scott dredged up a swampy soup of originals and favorites on his latest project, Tales from the Swamp. Scott has also performed or recorded with Claire Lynch, Sam Bush, Vassar Clements, Larry Rice, Byron Berline, Adam Steffey, Sierra Hull, Clay Hess, Chubby Wise, Allen Shadd, and Chief Jim Billie, and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra (yes, with a banjo!) Scott has been featured in Banjo Newsletter, and writes for the magazine as well, including articles and interviews with Tony Trischka, Bill Evans, Barry Abernathy, Greg Cahill, Scott Vestal, Cory Walker and Béla Fleck. Scott is also a teaching mainstay at the Suwannee Banjo Camp every spring.

Gabe Valla-guitar and lead and baritone vocals. Gabe won the 1992 Merle Watson Memorial flatpicking championship after playing guitar for only 2 years. As would many bluegrass guitarists, he credits Tony Rice with being his biggest influence. Gabe has used that foundation to develop his own style and his playing is some of the more original that you will hear. He later performed with Valla-Turner-Williamson and Gatorbone. He has recorded on numerous sessions for radio and television and also played on and co-produced Larry Rice's “Notions and Novelties.”

Mike Hyde-bass and lead, baritone, and tenor vocals. Mike began playing bluegrass on guitar in his hometown of Hattiesburg, Mississippi with Sweet Dixie. After his graduation from Southern Mississippi University, his job as a furniture salesman brought him to Gainesville where he met Gabe and later Greg and Scott at festival jam sessions. Within a couple of years he joined Greg and Scott in the Bluegrass Parlor Band as the bass player before co-founding Endless Highway.

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  1. 1 Lonely and Blue 03:01
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  2. 2 Legend of the Highway 01:47
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  3. 3 Them Blues 02:37
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  4. 4 Ozark Mountain Jubilee 04:06
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  5. 5 How Long Has It Been? 02:15
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  6. 6 Swingin' the Nine Pound Hammer 03:11
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  7. 7 How Much Wronger? 03:26
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  8. 8 Handsome Molly 02:11
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  9. 9 It Wasn't You 02:41
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  10. 10 Endless Highway 02:18
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