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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