INTERVIEW: Americana Artist David Anderson

Hi David, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Things are good, thanks so much for letting me plug my newest project.

Can you talk to us more about your song Lake Placid Blue?

It’s a love song to a guitar.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Lake Placid Blue was a 1957 Vintage Reissue Fender Stratocaster built in 1987 in Southern California. I bought her in 1995 from Lone Wolf Guitars in Oklahoma City for $550. Her finish was crazed, probably from exposure to temperature extremes, which added to her vintage appeal. She came without a case, so I removed her strings and her neck in my hotel room and put her into my suitcase for the flight home to California.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

No, but here’s the link to my Amelia Earhart song Daughter of the Sky from my previous album Layover in Reno:

Why name the album after this track in particular?

It was an arbitrary artistic decision. I loved the Lake Placid poster that ended up on the cover.

How was the recording and writing process?

A lot of credit needs to go to my producer John Andrew Eddy who not only produced but provided arrangements, played many of the instruments, and co-wrote two of the songs with me.

How do John Prine and Richard Thompson influence your writing?

Both have a great sense of humor and a wonderful quirkiness that I really admire. Both of their bodies of work are incredible.

What role does Morgan Hill play in your music?

It was a great place to grow up. This part of Northern/Central California is rich in the history that forms the basis for some of my songs. Cattle ranches, bandidos and Sarah Winchester are all close at hand if you know where to look.

What aspect of Americana and Folk did you get to explore on this record?

Besides a reverence for the folk tradition and song forms in general, I think there’s a storytelling aspect in a lot of my work that helps to carry on those traditions.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I love history and the research involved, and Charline Arthur, Tulsa Riot and The Belle of New Haven are obvious reflections of that. It’s really hard to write about historical subjects without sounding stupid, so I try not to overdo it. There has to be musical beauty or the song falls flat. The rest of the songs are pretty autobiographical in my quirky, left-handed way.

Any plans to hit the road?

Not if I can help it!

What else is happening in David Anderson’s world?

Hopefully more writing and recording, and more prose writing about California history.

Thanks again for interviewing me!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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