WINDY WAGNER

*Your musical inspirations?
 
My musical inspirations are varied.  Starting from an early age, I loved Barbra Striesand, Ann Wilson, Steve Perry and Steve Walsh (of Kansas).  Today my influences range from k.d. lang, Jason Falkner, Sheryl Crow, Paul Carrack and Aretha Franklin.

*Favorite CD's, songs, or musicians?

Jason Falkner's "Author Unknown" is one of my favorite records of all time.  I love k.d. lang's new record, "Hymns of the 49th Parrallel" and Paul Carrack's "Satisfy my Soul" is always in my cd player.  Song's that mean a lot to me are, "Hey Jude" especially since we named our son Jude after the song.  "The Valley" by k.d. lang, "She Goes to Bed", Jason Falkner and "I go Crazy" by Paul (forgot last name...but great song!).

*How has music inspired you?
Music has inspired me to live my own life.  I am very fortunate to make my living as a session singer in addition to doing my own material.  Every day I wake up and thank God I do this for a living.  I am very, very fortunate and blessed to have the life I do.

*Has music helped you thru a difficult time in your life?

 Music has ALWAYS helped me through difficult times.  Since I was very young, it was my drug.  It was my escape to a better place.  I don't know what I would do without music in my life.
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At a time when women artists are dominating the airwaves, newcomer Windy Wagner, takes her rightful place among other female singer/songwriters. A native of Los Angeles, California, Windy's influences range from the soulful Aretha Franklin to the raw Sheryl Crow.

Windy has toured around the world as a back up vocalist for k.d. lang and her vocal contributions can also be heard on such albums as Barbra Striesand , Jennifer Lopez, Graham Nash, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Meredith Brooks and many more. Windy also just performed the theme song to the "The Jungle Book 2" movie and soundtrack, "Right Where I Belong (Mogley's Theme).

Windy has performed live as a background vocalist for k.d. lang's "Live By Request", which was also released as an album. In addition, she sang on an all-star tribute to Joni Mitchell, which aired on the TNT cable network, and with Enya for a weeklong promotional television tour for Enya's release of songs featured on the "Lord of the Rings" soundtrack.

Windy has co-penned and produced twelve songs for her debut album, "The Simplest Things". Her music is fresh and her lyrics are real.

"The Simplest Things" is an album to watch, a release that holds promise for this already accomplished artist.

Windy Wagner Bio

"ELTON JOHN"
Windy sang in a mini choir backing up Elton John at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood
 for the release of the new "Lion King" DVD.

"JUNGLE BOOK 2" 
Windy is a featured vocalist on two songs for the Walt Disney film
and soundtrack "Jungle Book 2" released February 2003.

"94.7 The WAVE"
Windy is one of the featured vocalist along with Michael McDonald, Al Jarreau and Brenda Russell
 for the (Los Angeles) 94.7 WAVE station identifications.

"K.D. LANG"
Windy toured as a background vocalist for k.d. lang
Supporting k.d.'s "INVINCIBLE SUMMER" world tour,  2000-2001.

"COUPLING"
Windy was the vocalist who sang  the theme song for the television series on NBC, "Coupling".

"JONI MITCHELL"
Windy performed background vocals for an all-star tribute to Joni Mitchell, artists included were;
James Taylor, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, k.d. lang, Cyndi Lauper, Wynonna Judd, Bryan Adams and Casandra Wilson. Filmed on location in New York.

"ENYA"
Windy performed with a six-piece choir backing Enya for a weeklong promotional tour. Enya was promoting two songs that were featured in the motion picture "Lord of The Rings, the Fellowship of The Ring".

"A&E'S LIVE BY REQUEST"
 with k.d. lang.

A.F.T.R.A.'s "SINGERS IN THE SPOTLIGHT" VOCAL SHOWCASE:
Windy was invited to perform in front of an industry filled audience on two occasions.
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Her studio experience is extensive and diverse.  Below are some notable projects.

RECORDS

Company Name:SONY RECORDS - GRAMMY NOMINATED - GOLD STATUS
Producer:Robbie Buchanan        
Title of Project:BARBRA STREISAND "The Movie Album"
Song(s):"Calling You" background vocals

Company Name:WARNER BROS. RECORDS
Producer:Mitch Maketansky & Allen Kelman
Title of Project:A&E's "LIVE BY REQUEST WITH K.D. LANG"
Song(s):Live album and DVD release/90 minute program

Company Name:SONY RECORDS- GRAMMY NOMINATED- GOLD AND PLATINUM STATUS
Producer:Robbie Buchanan        
Title of Project:BARBRA STREISAND- Christmas Album 2001
Song(s):"It Must Have Been the Mistletoe" BG vocals

Company Name:SONY RECORDS
Producer:Guy Roche
Title of Project:"JENNIFER LOPEZ" "JLo"
Song(s):BG vocals

Company Name:CURB RECORDS
Producer:Guy Roche
Title of Project:"KIMBERLY LOCKE" "ONE LOVE" AND DUET WITH CLAY AIKEN
Song(s)"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" & "Without You" BG vocals

Company Name:RCA RECORDS
Producer:Steven Lipson
Title of Project:"KELLY CLARKSON" 
Song(s)BG vocals

Company Name:CROSBY & NASH
Producer:Russ Kunkle
Title of Project:Upcoming release
Song(s)"Penguin In A Palm Tree" & "The Wall" BG vocals

Company Name:WINDHAM HILL
Producer:David Grow
Title of Project:"JIM BRICKMAN" - "PEACE" GRAMMY NOMINATED
Song(s)Various background vocals

Company Name:INTERSCOPE RECORDSRE-RELEASED UNDER GEFFEN RECORDS
Producer:Antonina ArmatoRon Fair
Title of Project:"HOKU" DEBUT ALBUM"HOKU"/Title song for the movie "Legally Blonde"
Title of song(s):Various BG vocals "PERFECT DAY"

Company Name:WALT DISNEY RECORDS
Producer:Guy Roche
Title of Project:"MYRA"
Song:BG vocals

Company Name:JIVE RECORDS
Producer:Meredith Brooks
Title of Project:"JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT"
Title of song(s):Various BG vocals

Company Name:ELECTRA RECORDS
Producer:Guy Roche/additional producers
Title of Project:"VITAMIN C"
Song(s)"As Long As You Love Me" BG vocals/arrangement

Company Name:WARNER BROS. RECORDS
Producer:Promotional CD for "Invincible Summer"
Title of Project:"k.d. lang" e-vincible summer
Song(s):Live BG vocals for "Extraordinary Thing" & "Consequences of Falling"

Company Name:UNIVERSAL RECORDS
Producer:Giorgio Moroder
Title of Project:"DONNA SUMMER"/Upcoming release- "The Best Of"
Song(s):"That's the Way it is" Background vocals

Company Name:GOLD CIRCLE RECORDS
Producer:Meredith Brooks
Title of Project:MEREDITH BROOKS
Song:FEATURED VOCALIST on "Stand By You" and additional BG vocals

Company Name:ATLANTIC RECORDS
Producer:Humberto Gatica
Title of Project:"CHERIE AMOR"
Song:BG vocals "Body, Heart & Soul"

Company Name:HOLLYWOOD RECORDS
Producer:Matthew Gerard
Title of Project:"NOBODY'S ANGEL"
Title of song(s):BG vocals

Company Name:SPARROW RECORDS
Producer:Scott Erickson
Title of Project:"MICHELLE TUMES"
Title of song(s):Various BG vocals

Company Name:HOLLYWOOD RECORDS
Producer:Adam Anders & Guy Roche
Title of Project:"NYDIA ROJAS"
Title of song(s):BG vocals

Company Name:VIRGIN RECORDS
Producer:Marios De Vries & Rick Nowels
Title of Project:"MEL C" (The Spice Girls) debut solo effort-NORTHERN STAR
Song(s) "Why", "Closer", "I'll Follow You", "Dream Weaver" and other various BG vocals

Company Name:MCA RECORDS
Producer:Peter Asher
Title of Project:"NEIL DIAMOND" Three Chord Opera
Title of song:BG Vocals

Company Name:BMG RECORDS
Producer:Mack
Title of Project:"AARON CARTER"
Title of song:"Boogie Woogie Boy" BG vocal

Company Name:GENTE RECORDS
Producer:Guy Roche
Title of Project:"LAURA PAUSINI"
Song:BG vocals " I need Love"

Company Name:WALT DISNEY RECORDS
Producer:Michael Becker & Marco Marinangeli
Title of Project:"TIGGER MANIA" ALBUM
Song(s)Various Lead and BG vocals

Company Name:PAMPLIN RECORDS
Producer:Reed Vertelney
Title of Project:"NATALIE GRANT"
Song(s):BG vocals on four songs

Company Name:JIVE RECORDS
Producer:Adrian Gurvitz
Title of Project:"NO SECRETS"
Song:BG Vocals

Company Name:WORD ENTERTAINMENT
Producer:John Tesh
Title of Project:"JOHN TESH" - "A DEEPER FAITH & A DEEPER FAITH II"
Song:Various

Company Name:WALT DISNEY-EUROPE
Producer:Robbie Buchanan
Title of Project:"IMAGINATIONS" ALBUM
Song:"Imaginations" BG vocal & arrangement

Company Name:HOLLYWOOD RECORDS
Producer:Antonina Armato & Tim James
Title of Project:"3 G'S" DEBUT ALBUM
Song(s):Various BG vocals

Company Name:SONY RECORDS/JAPAN
Producer:Davey Johnstone, Nigel Olsen & Guy Babylon
Title of Project:"NIGEL OLSSON" of The Elton John Band
Song:Duet with Ken Stacey "Would I Lie to You"


Company Name:GEFFEN RECORDS
Producer:Shane August
Title of Project:"TAMAR BRAXTON"
Song:BG vocals

Company Name:SONY RECORDS/JAPAN
Producer:Tatsua Moriguchi
Title of Project:"IMAJUKU" ALBUM
Song:"Paradise" Featured lead vocalist

Company Name:HANNA BARBERA/RHINO RECORDS
Producer:Bodie Chandler
Title of Project:"SCOOBY DOO & THE ALIEN INVADERS"
Title of songs:Various BG vocals on album

Company Name:HANNA BARBERA/RHINO RECORDS
Producer:Bodie Chandler
Title of Project:"SCOOBY DOO & THE WITCH'S GHOST" ALBUM
Title of songs:Various Lead and BG vocals

Company Name:SONY RECORDS
Producer:Richy Rodriguez
Title of Project:"IKU" ALBUM
Song(s):"Feel Your Love", and various BG vocals on record

TELEVISION-FILM/OFF SCREEN

"TARZAN" Television Series, WB Network, featured vocals in score.
"DINOTOPIA"-"Curse of the Ruby Sun Stone"-End title vocal, "I'll Take You There".
"LOONEY TUNES" Sequel, background vocal sequence.
"BAD BOYS II" vocal sequence.
"RUG RATS MOVIE" Sequel, Background vocals for Chrissy Hynde and Bruce Willis.
"JUNGLE BOOK II" Walt Disney film and soundtrack, Windy is the featured vocalist on two songs.
"AMERICAN DREAMS" Television series " I Want To Hold Your Hand".
"BROTHER BEAR" Walt Disney movie, demo vocal for title song, duet with Phil Collins.
"WATCHING ELLIE" Television series.
"STRONG MEDICINE" Television series "Do you Hear What I Hear".
"ZEENON Z-3" Disney Channel Movie/End title duet with Ken Stacey.
"STATESIDE" Film, Windy was cast as the "singing voice" of the lead character in the film, staring Rachel Lee Cook.
"LILO & STITCH" Walt Disney Promo for the animated movie BG vocals for "JESSICA SIMPSON".
"LEGALLY BLONDE" Title song, background vocals on "Perfect Day".
"THE AGENCY" Television series- CBS Network.
"THE GUARDIAN" Television series.
"JEREMIA" SHOWTIME Series.
 "MISS TEEN USA 2001".
 "ALLY McBEAL" Television series.
 "BAYWATCH" Television series-FOX Network.
 "ONE LIFE TO LIVE" Day time series/ABC Network.
 "POPULAR" Television series /FOX Network -VARIOUS SHOWS.
 "THE PRETENDER" Television series -NBC Network.
 "CHARMED" Television series -WARNER BROS. Network.
 "FAME L.A." Television series /FOX Network.
 "DREAM TEAM" Television series /WARNER BROS. Network - Co-writer and vocalist.
"JONES PASS (Short Film) Original song, "Real Life" placed in film.
 "THE PRICE ABOVE RUBIES" / MIRAMAX FILMS/ANG LEE FEATURE.
Windy is performing the title and end songs ("The Sky Is Falling" &" Live For Today")
 which are featured in the 2002 film release starring Brittany Murphy, "Falling Sky".

TELEVISION/ON SCREEN:

Entertainment Tonight Artist Direct
The Rosie O'Donnell ShowBBC With Jools Holland
The Today ShowA&E's Live By Request-with k.d. lang
Later TodayAccess Hollywood (k.d. lang & Enya)
The Tonight Show/Jay Leno (k.d. lang & Enya)
Much More Music/Live
www.windywagner.com
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GEOFF DUGMORE

HOW HAS MUSIC INSPIRED YOU ?

Music inspired me from a very early age. My father used to listen to many great jazz piano players Art Tatum, George Shearing etc. and a lot of classical music he introduced me to music and at the same time my elder sister was listening to The Beatles and I think the emotional element of Classical and the melody of the Beatles really got inside me at an early age. I wanted to be a musician from the age of 10 when I got a guitar but I always wanted to play drums and so I swapped my guitar for a drum set with a friend at school when I was 11 and the rest is history. I often think about if what I am doing is futile but then I think about how the great music I listen to has got me through many times and how it has inspired me and helped me to develop into the person I am now and so perhaps if what I am doing can touch people in the same way then I am leaving a legacy to the world that is not tangible but will live in people's soul's somewhere for the rest of their lives. Music has the power to heal, inspire, make you laugh, make you cry, but it's power is a living testament to the people that make it.

One of the most successful drummers on the global session scene, Geoff Dugmore is who you hear on such major hits as Rod Stewart's "Downtown Train" and "I Can't Deny It"', Tina Turner's "I Don't Want to Lose You" and "Foreign Affair" album plus albums by multi-platinum artists Dido, Natalie Imbruglia, Blondie's Debbie Harry, Robbie Williams, and Gabrielle, amongst others.  There are also hits and notables, past and present from the likes of Appleton, Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, Steve Winwood, Joan Armatrading, Danny Wilson, Climie Fisher, Killing Joke, the Gypsy Kings, Stabbing Westward, and literally hundreds of others. And that list grows by the day!

Geoff grew up playing everything from the Average White Band, Yes and Led Zeppelin, to soul classics in pubs and clubs across Scotland. With his band The Europeans he made the big move to London, where he now writes, produces, develops artists, and plays sessions of every imaginable calling.  In addition to drums and percussion there's guitar, bass, keys, hammer dulcimer, bazooki and vocals, plus he is often musical director. He doesn't limit himself to just the studios... Recent gigging and tours include Mike Scott & The Waterboys, One Giant Leap and Yazawa.

Geoff : "Playing live is the soul of the music. It keeps me in touch with the audience. When I see people moving I know I've hit the groove. But for me, it doesn't matter whether I'm playing live or in the studio, I've got the best job in the world."

That love of life and music is what makes Geoff so special. Coupled with enthusiasm and talent, as well as the respect and admiration of such top producers as Ron St Germain, Trevor Horn, Ash Howes, Greg Alexander and fellow musicians and artists, it's also what makes him so successful.

by Wayne Blanchard, Sabian Cymbals, Canada 2003

Some artists that Geoff has worked with:
Natalie Imbruglia
Steve
TM Revolution
Busted
Dido
Robbie Williams
Stevie Nicks
Tina Turner
Deborah Harry
Gabrielle
Rod Stewart
Appleton
Nick Carter
Mark Owen
Kameray
Steve Winwood
Johnny Halliday
Russell Watson
Killing Joke
Brian May
Danny Wilson
Joan Armatrading
Tim Finn
Jimmy Nail
Luz Casal
Monica Naranjo
Chage & Aska
Yosui Inoue
E. Yazawa
Jeff Beck
Jill Jones
Underworld
The Real People
The Big Dish
Thompson Twins
Art of Noise
Climie Fisher
The Models
Diana Princess of Wales/Tribute Album
Rachid Taha
Louise
Dusty Springfield
Fito Paez
It's Immaterial
Bob Geldof
Boss Beat
Heather Nova
Aterciopelados
S Club 7
Joe Roberts
Europeans
Belouis Some
Nick Heyward
Martyn Joseph
Kim Wilde
Francis Magiulli
HBO Movie
Salif Keita
Ilene barnes
Angela Baraldi
Lunascape
Eric Rubin
Nicola Charles
Fiona Prince
Hooverphonic
Nick Green
Robi Rosa
Anita Hegerland
Dub Trees
Pete Murphy 
Harvest Ministers
Wax
Hear'say
Colourblind
Steve Booker
Tony Banks
Gypsy Kings
Annabel Lamb
Ely Guerra
P.J.Proby & Marc Almond
Sandy Reed
Charlotte
Jenny Jones
Brian Spence
J.J
Zoe
Rebekah Ryan
Under
Christian Fougeron
Roger Chapman
Jason Feddy
Ann Louise
David Knopfler
Jan Johnston
Mother
Yui Asaka
Owl
Frederic Berthelot
The Other Ones
Halo
Mark King
Vitamin Z
Ian McNabb
Poems for Laila
www.geoffdugmore.com

IAN MCLAGAN

Photo by Lynne Rossi

Ian McLagan's "hot list" of CD favorites

Chico Cesar-Aos Vivos

Booker T & The MG's-Green Onions/Soul Dressing/Stax Instrumentals (2002 release on Ace Records in the UK)

Billy Preston- The Most Exciting Organ Ever!/Wildest Organ In Town!

Little Walter-Boss Blues Harmonica

Naz Nomad and the Nightmares

Hank Williams-40 Greatest Hits

Thelonious Monk-Monks's Moods (later retitled The High Priest)

Muddy Waters-Live at Newport 1960

Otis Redding-Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul

Faces-Good boys...when they're asleep (I couldn't resist it)

Gurf Morlix-The Toad of Titicaca/Fishin' in the Muddy

Ray Charles-Look out for his Atlantic box set of recordings from 1952-1959. I love the early Atlantic sounds because of the earthiness and the later ABC Paramount stuff for the soulfull smoothness, but basically anything he does is fine with me.  He played in Austin, Texas on 5/19/01 and IT WAS absolutely spine chilling.

Jackie Mittoo 2 CD Tribute

Ian 'Mac' McLagan

A member of Small Faces, which became Faces when Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood joined the band, Ian 'Mac' McLagan is a rock'n'roll icon. Mac co-wrote many Faces hits, including Cindy Incidentally, You're So Rude and Three Button Hand Me Down. His distinctive Wurlitzer electric piano can be heard on the Faces Stay With Me and the Rolling Stones' smash Miss You. It was Mac's trademark B3 you heard on Small Faces' Itchycoo Park, Rod Stewart's Maggie May and You Wear It Well.

Aside from his brilliant work touring and recording with the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Westerberg, John Hiatt and Taj Mahal, Mac has released four critically acclaimed solo albums, highlighting his career as a singer-songwriter and an artist in his own right: Troublemaker, Bump In The Night, Last Chance To Dance and Best Of British.

Mac just completed his fifth and finest solo CD, Rise & Shine! featuring his fabulous Bump Band - Gurf Morlix, 'Scrappy' Jud Newcomb, Don Harvey and George Reiff, with Patty Griffin on backing vocals. Rise & Shine! is filled with vibrant rock'n'roll - absolute classics, written by one of the best-loved rock'n'rollers of our time.

Rise & Shine! is out now on Gaff Music in the US and Sanctuary Records in the UK/Europe.

Mac was inducted into the Texas Hall of Fame in 2004 and presented with the prestigious Ivor Novello Award for his outstanding contribution to British music in 1996. His outrageous biography, All The Rage, is published by Pan/Macmillan.

(Special thanks to Lynne)
www.ianmclagan.com
www.macspages.com/
Ian McLagan and the Bump Bands CD's/DVD's

JILL BARBER

photo by Catherine Stockhausen

Your musical inspirations?

I am always at my most inspired when I am standing in a room filled with music. I developed a strong appetite for live music from an early age....whether it was in the form of musical theatre, singing along with Christmas carols, or watching a band play a concert. It doesn't neccessarily matter what type of music, so long as the performance is compelling. I think that songs want and need to be performed to an audience...that's not to say that recorded music can't be great too... I just find that I engage more with music in a live setting, because it gives me the opportunity to feel apart of the whole experience, it's awe-inspiring...that's the stuff that makes me rush home to write more music.

Any cd's which are meaningful to you?

The album Pearl Jam Ten marked the turning point for me between listening to whatever music my parents were playing, or whatever happened to be on the radio, or popular at the time...to listening to music because it spoke to me. In retrospect, it was as if all of that other music was written in some kind of foreign language, because it would somehow seem to just wash over me, and so I never bothered paying much attention to it. I remember feeling kind of shocked the first time I heard music that I spoke to me in a language that I could finally understand. I was eleven, I think. That album is meaningful to me in that sense, though I can't really say that it's had much of a lifespan past my teens. Other records, like Joni Mitchell's Blue, I am certain will be a favourite of mine for all time.

Drawing on influences from old-time jazz standards, bluegrassy-folk and hook-laden pop, Jill Barber has the subtle assuredness of a songwriter with "dead-on phrasing, an impressive range and a knack for squeezing genuine emotion out of a cozy alto purr..." says Toronto's NOW magazine. Since the dissolution of her indie pop-rock outfit, Bent Ivy in 2001, Jill has concentrated on her career as a solo artist, performing in venues across Canada with the likes of Joel Plaskett, Julie Doiron, The Be Good Tanyas, The Cash Brothers and Oh Susanna, and at various festivals, including Toronto's annual North By Northeast.

The culmination of four years in the Kingston, Ontario music scene, Jill released her debut album, A Note To Follow So independently in March of 2002. The eight tunes on this charming e.p. possess a homegrown, old-fashioned romantic feel that demonstrate the full scope of Jillís rich vocals. Since itís release, A Note To Follow So, which Hamilton's VIEW called "..stunning." has been embraced by College radio stations across the country, and featured on CBCís Definitely Not The Opera, and Atlantic Airwaves.

In the Fall of 2002, Jill Barber moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, poised to seduce a whole new cityís worth of fans with her charismatic live persona and heartwarming record. She has since been well recieved all over the maritimes, receiving nominations for two MIANS (Music Industry Association of NS) awards in the categories of Best New Artist and Best Female Artist, and garnering a good deal of attention from critics and audiences alike.

She was also extremely honoured to have been invited by the CBC to record her follow-up e.p. at the legendary Studio H in Halifax over the course of Fall/Winter 2003. Entitled Oh Heart, it is a collection of "intelligent, stripped-down indie folk-pop tunes with a hint of Slean-esque cabaret punch and the weathered melodies that make Harmer's music so captivating...." Having since teamed up with ten-year old indie collective, Dependent Music and scored a distribution deal with Outside Music, Oh Heart is poised to take the nation quietly in the night - leaving a path of hopeful romantics in it's wake (in stores March 16, 2004)
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www.jillbarber.com
Maple Music

RUSTY ANDERSON

*Your musical inspirations?

"i flipped out on The Beatles when i was five. From then on i got into everything from Peter Gabriel era Genesis, Black Sabbath and The Mothers of invention to The Black Eyed Peas & Starsailor. i also love Debussy, Gershwin and Scott Joplin. There's so much good music in between all of the money music available. Great art gives life meaning. The feeling of connecting with an artist in that way reminds you that someone is home somewhere."

Rusty Anderson Bio

The road of life is rarely smooth, but in Rusty Andersonís case itís always been a straight line to his guitar.

Youíve been listening to Rusty Anderson for years. And Undressing Underwater - his upcoming solo release - at last shines the spotlight on the guitarist/singer/songwriter career of a consummate musician, who continues to break ground while working with some of the best of his peers.

Anderson, who is feted for his guitar work on Paul McCartney's Driving Rain and lead guitarist for the former Beatles' touring band, has a musical background that spins through Oscar-nominated and Grammy-winning work. If you haven't heard him playing on the most recent releases by The Wallflowers, Perry Farrellís solo album, Elton John or Sinead O'Connor, you've probably swayed to works such as Santana's The Game of Love, or bopped to the surf riff he wrote and played on Livin' La Vida Loca.

But it was time for his own album - and Undressing Underwater is the powerful result. 

ďIíve been writing songs for a long time,Ē said Anderson.  ďAs they stack up, I figured they should be recorded and put out there. If Iím ever going to do a solo record, I might as well do one now.Ē

The Southern California native began playing guitar at age eight and hasn't looked back. After being the driving force behind some of Los Angeles' most popular bands, he met up with leading producer David Kahne and began a studio career that soon had him at the forefront of rock's most in-demand session players. And since the road always calls, he was also a member of Stanley Clarke and Stewart Copeland's Animal Logic and the popular LA band Ednaswap.

Close to one hundred studio albums and a three McCartney tours later, Undressing Underwater is the seminal work of a singer/songwriter who at last sings his own tunes. Produced by Kahne Parthenon Huxley and Mudrock, along with Rusty himself, Undressing Underwater address a very personal body of work, capturing Rustyís live energy and putting it into some of his strongest studio work yet.

Working with the best of his peers isnít just lip service. In the case of Hurt Myself, itís the culmination of a childhood dream of playing with the Beatles, only in this case itís Paul McCartney playing on Rustyís own album.

ďAside from Paul and the entire band, along with David Kahne, guesting on Hurt Myself, Paul Bushnell, a great friend and brilliant musician who has done a zillion records with me, played bass on a few tracks,Ē said Anderson.  ďParthenon Huxley, a talented singer/songwriter/producer, is someone Iíve worked with on and off for years. Mudrock, who also produced a song, moved in across the street.  We got to talking and thought it would be fun to do some rocking. Certain musicians like Scott Coogan, who played with me in Ednaswap, always come through with the goods.Ē

Thank goodness that the road leads to Undressing Underwater. The straight line from Rusty Anderson to his guitar has never been better.
www.rustyanderson.com
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