"Best in the US: the 10 best guitarists (you probably don't know) in America" - Guitar One
I first heard of Scotty Anderson at a NAMM show, where the buzz on the floor was 'Did you hear the guy who sounds like two Albert Lees playing at once?' I saw him for the first time at a guitar clinic in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I drove there during a major Michigan snowstorm and afterwards decided I'd have walked to hear him play - he's that good!" - Dan Erlewine, Guitar Player
J Curve Records is pleased to announce the signing of guitarist Scotty Anderson to debut the J Curve Roots and Blues label. Anderson's first release for J Curve will be in the Spring of 2001.
Scotty Anderson was just named as one of America's 10 Best Unknown Guitarists" in the March 2000 issue of Guitar One magazine. Though he's released one album Sleight of Hand" (Magnum) and has a Hot Licks video Red Hot Guitar," and does studio work and teaches guitar in the greater Cincinnati area, he hasn't toured widely. A marvel to watch, Anderson is known for his incredible chops and musicianship: double and triple stops, unique right hand techniques, wide-split double stops, and ability to play many styles from rockabilly and country to jazz.
When I first heard Scotty, I was floored." says Dale Rabiner, founder of J Curve. Though he's a legend among guitarists, his talents aren't widely known. I hope that with his J Curve releases, we can change that. As a guitarist, I'm absolutely astounded by his technical ability and musicianship."
Critics who have had the opportunity to hear him, have lavished similar praise: One of the fastest, most original, and amazing players who has ever lived. Strong words, indeed. But if you've every seen him, or watched his Hot Licks video, you know exactly what I mean! Scotty's technique allows him to play double-stops faster than most of us can manage single-note runs." - James Caudill, Fingerstyle Guitar. His ability almost seems freakish... His fingers fly across the fretboard like perhaps none you've ever seen and the sheer speed of it all leaves jaws dropped. The grace and instinct make it masterful. He's admired by Albert Lee and James Burton, two of the best stringbenders ever." - Dave Perry, Lowell Sun. The next act was simply astounding. Scotty Anderson, arguably the area's fastest guitarist, opened with a country boogie that blinked from lightning leads to rich chords to pedal steel bends. Before the crowd could catch its breath, he launched 'Orange Blossom Special' into the stratosphere." - Larry Nager, Cincinnati Enquirer.
Anderson's earliest musical influences were his family, including his grandfather Virgil, who was one of the great banjo players. His father Herschel is also a fiddle player and brothers are strong players as well. As long as I can remember I have been trying to learn the guitar," he says with a modestly that belies his talent. I am now 45 and I am still trying! One of my earliest memories of music was probably when my dad, uncle and grandpa would play music together. When I was about 13 or 14 I can remember that my dad and I would go to my grandpa's house in the country and play for dances - the music and dancing was real WILD and we all had a great time."
Since the age of 19, Anderson has been playing in clubs in greater Cincinnati and northern Kentucky. Beginning in the mid-1980s, he performed at various guitar shows and did clinics. In 1986 he released his only album to date Sleight of Hand" on the Magnum label. In 1991, he did the guitar instructional video Red Hot Guitar" for Hot Licks productions. Also in the early 1990s, he played at the NAMM shows in Nashville and Anaheim and did clinics for various music stores. He has been featured at the Lowell Folk Festival and at Wolf Trap, among others. In addition, he toured the East Coast on the Memphis Sounds Tour" sponsored by the National Council of Traditional Arts. In addition, he performed in Paris for the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society.
Founded in the fall of 1997, the Cincinnati-based J Curve label is committed to recording historic moments in jazz as well as fostering and developing young talent. From the creative vision of Dale Rabiner and his partners, J Curve has earned wide acclaim for the excellence of its releases. In 1998 J Curve debuted with East Meets Midwest (a collaboration by guitarists Kenny Poole and Gene Bertoncini), S'us Four (featuring guitarists Poole and Cal Collins in a quartet) and Randy Johnston's Riding The Curve.
1999 saw the release of many diverse but consistently enjoyable projects. We Remember Tal is a multi-artist tribute to the late Tal Farlow while Kenny Poole's For George - Tribute To A Master is a lyrical remembrance of George Van Eps. Also released during the past year have been Aaron Goldberg's Turning Point, Lenora Zenzalai Helm's Spirit Child and Darren Barrett's First One Up. Early 2000 releases include such stimulating projects as Greg Tardy's The Hidden Light, Randy Johnston's Homage, Mark Gross' Riddle of the Sphinx and Phil DeGreg's Whirl Away.
J Curve Records' sister label, J Seven, focuses on the best regional and emerging jazz artists and many of its projects raise funds for charitable organizations. 1999 J Seven releases include Cincinnati Jazz Collection Vol. 1, Phil DeGreg's The Green Gate, William Menefield's Big Will Leaps In, Morgy Craig's Hoosier Mystic and now Cincinnati Jazz Collection, Volume II.
A third J Curve label, J Curve Sabroso, will be featuring Latin-style jazz including its debut release, żDonde Estas?, a salsa project by Latin X-Posure.