Australian blues rock’n’roll artist, Hamish Anderson has received support from the likes of NPR, Billboard, Yahoo! Music and American Songwriter among others. Entitled ‘U’ the new single is Anderson’s third single release from his debut album, produced by Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Ryan Adams). The song features Chris Bruce (Doyle Bramhall II) on bass, Aaron Sterling (John Mayer) on drums and Jerry Borge (Jonathan Wilson) on keys.
“U” has received heavy rotation on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, reaching the top 5 tracks of the week.
“We wanted to do the majority of it live, with very few overdubs—get a really great band together and have it be about the songs, not about spending so much time on how the bass drum sounds. It was capturing, warts and all, the live thing. Rock music and blues music shouldn’t be perfect, and I’m really proud that there’s no Auto-Tune on it, that nothing was done to a click track.”
Decamping to Scott’s LA-area warehouse studio, Anderson was backed by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos on baritone sax; drummers Frederik Bokkenheuser (Ryan Adams), Aaron Sterling (John Mayer), and Johnny Radelat (Gary Clark Jr.); bassists Chris Bruce (Doyle Bramhall II, Meshell Ndegeocello) and Rob Calder (Angus & Julia Stone); and Chris Joyner (Ryan Bingham, Heart) and Jason Borger aka Jerry Borgé (Jonathan Wilson) on keys. The album was mastered by Brian Lucey at Magic Garden Mastering in Los Angeles.
A deep collection of standout rock and blues tracks, including “Hold On Me,” “Fire,” “U,” “Working Blues,” “My Sweetheart, You,” and the first single, “Trouble” (which was immediately championed by Spotify and spun on radio stations coast to coast), Trouble released on October 21st to stellar reviews from Elmore Magazine, Relix Magazine, Rock Cellar Magazine, Premier Guitar and various other music blogs.
His single “Hold On Me” was a finalist for Best Blues Song from International Songwriters Competition 2016 and Yahoo! Music named Hamish in their Top 10 Best New Artists in 2016, KCSN in LA included it as one of the Top 10 Best New Albums in 2016 and Songpickr, a premiere Spotify playlist curator, included Trouble as one of the Top 50 Albums of 2016. Soon after the release of Trouble, Hamish announced his Summer Festival-based tour including Firefly, Mountain Jam, High Sierra, Summerfest, RBC Bluesfest Ottawa, Big Blues Bender and Telluride Brews & Blues (where he had his first main stage plays as well as opened for Drive By Truckers that night) and headlined the Tom Tom Founders Festival in Charlottesville, VA. Kicking off in at the Mercury Lounge in New York City, the tour also made stops at clubs in Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Pittsburgh.
In October 2017, Hamish was featured as a Taco Bell “Feed the Beat” artist and a year after his debut album was released, he released his newest single- a ballad called “U”- which was immediately championed on Jason Bentley’s KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic show. After a full month on Los Angeles’ NPR affiliate, KCRW (including a feature on KCRW Music Blog), Hamish was profiled on NPR Music’s “Heavy Rotation” regarding both U and his album overall. In January, 2018 he’ll be returning to the Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA, and in May 2018 he’ll be performing in Europe for the first time festivals in the Netherlands and Germany.
“It takes something special to rise above the fray, as Hamish Anderson seems poised to do”. – Billboard
“Gorgeous tunes and light guitar lines surround a voice of husky distinction” – Yahoo! Music
“Australian guitar phenom” – Guitar World