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Charlie Pastorfield Honors Big Al Anderson as part of this year's Folk Marathon, Aprill 30




WTJU Folk Marathon

Monday, April 30, 2012

4-6 pm (edt)



On the first day of this year's Folk Fundraiser, Charlie Pastorfield will host a program on Big Al Anderson.  Anderson has had a long and remarkable career. He first fronted The Wildweeds, an insanely popular New England band that scored a Top Twenty hit in 1966 with the soulful No Good To Cry, later covered by The Allman Brothers. The Wildweeds went through a second incarnation as a country-rock band, with an album release on Vanguard Records. In 1971, Big Al was hired by NRBQ, and spent 22 years on the road with that unique outfit, often cited as one of the best live bands of that era. He retired from NRBQ in 1993 and moved to Nashville. He's had a successful career as a songwriter, penning songs for artists like Vince Gill, Carlene Carter, and John Anderson. He continues as an active musician in Nashville, releasing albums on a regular basis, including his latest release Strings, backed by a Who's Who of Nashville musicians.

Were someone to ever write a book on the history of the Charlottesville music scene of the last 50 years, Charlie Pastorfield would arguably be the most cited artist.  Since moving to Charlottesville in the late 1960s, Pastorfield has played with everyone worth mentioning.

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