When guitarist Pete Anderson straps on his ax, it's a loaded, calm-before-the-storm moment. When he gets down to business, conjuring an eruptive musical cascade of flawless technique, seductive understatement and indigo-hued atmosphere, it's a transportive, exhilarating blast off into an artistic stratosphere very few others players can reach.
The longtime Glendale resident, renowned as both a guitarist and as the Grammy-winning producer whose decade-plus collaboration with country star Dwight Yoakam resulted in sales of more than 25 million albums, is a world-class talent and demanding perfectionist of the highest order. Nonetheless, Anderson and his outstanding three-piece band perform every Monday at Burbank Moose Lodge, a humble, neon-lit hotspot with no age limit, no cover and, now, one of the finest blues parties running anywhere.
“I've been at the Moose maybe 2 1/2 years, in between touring and doing different things.” Anderson said. “It's a free rehearsal, with an audience, and of course, it's a ‘Blue Monday,’ so it's a great time to play. There's always a few more tunes I need to work out with the band, so I take 'em into the Moose. It's not just a test run — it really welds the songs into your DNA.”