Al Anderson is getting the band again collectively.
The legendary rock ‘n’ roll and R&B singer, 86, will carry out two live shows Dec. 3 on the Encore live performance venue in Morgantown.
“We’re gonna sing all of the previous stuff,” Anderson mentioned.
His exhibits will probably be held along with the Morgantown premiere of the third installment of a documentary sequence showcasing Black achievement within the arts in West Virginia.
That sequence, “These Who Got here Earlier than,” is written and produced by Doris Fields, a fellow R&B singer and performer additionally recognized by her stage title, “Girl D.”
Fields, like Anderson, has sang in venues throughout the nation, together with the White Home for a live performance with then-President Barack Obama and First Girl Michelle Obama, smiling and applauding within the viewers.
She began her video sequence in 2022 and needs to finish 5 documentaries in all by the point she’s finished.
“A whole lot of us don’t know our historical past,” she informed The Dominion Submit beforehand.
Sonically, throughout the Mountain State, she means.
“A whole lot of us don’t know the contributions African-Individuals have made in music.”
As an illustration, there’s Johnnie Johnson, the boogie-woogie piano participant from Fairmont who gave Chuck Berry his first gig on New Yr’s Eve 1952.
And Billy Cox of Charleston, the in-the-pocket bassist for Jimi Hendrix, throughout his Band of Gypsies incarnation.
There’s Invoice Withers, the “Ain’t No Sunshine” soul-pop Everyman from Slab Fork, Raleigh County, and Claude Jeter – the previous West Virginia coal miner who stop digging underground to soar to non secular heights together with his landmark Gospel group, The Swan Silvertones.
With the third installment of “These Who Got here Earlier than (Half 3)” the aforementioned Anderson is prominently featured.
Anderson grew up in Osage and music bought him out of Osage for a number of years, earlier than he got here again house within the Nineteen Seventies to look after his ailing father.
He might sing something.
Doo-wop and rock ‘n’ roll.
Gospel and the gut-bucket blues.
His Appalachia was a tapestry.
All people got here to Osage to work within the mines.
Italians from Calabria.
Blacks from Alabama.
And everybody’s dad appeared the identical on the finish of the shift after they emerged from the maw of the mine: black, from the coal mud.
When he wasn’t working his day job as a retail supervisor in Washington, D.C., Anderson was fronting bands that backed up the highest touring acts, such because the Isley Brothers, who recurrently sold-out venues within the capital metropolis’s thriving music scene.
“We have been enjoying their songs anyway,” he mentioned. “In the identical key they have been enjoying them in.”
Anderson would ultimately carry out on bandstands from Hollywood, Fla., to Hollywood, Calif., and that’s him you hear singing lead on “What Are You Doing New Yr’s Eve?”, which might develop into the most important hit ever for Billy Ward and the Dominos, of doo-wop fame.
Huge voice on the massive display
In the meantime, the Encore venue will display Fields’ newest installment in two showings at 4 p.m. and seven:30 p.m. Dec. 3, with every screening adopted by a live performance from Anderson and his band.
Go to https://theencorewv.com/ to order your tickets prematurely.
“We’re bringing quite a lot of guys who performed music with me 30 years in the past,” Anderson mentioned.
That features bandstand stalwarts Bobby Maxon on saxophone and Will Wharton on drums, he mentioned, who will assist him kick out the jams on “Stagger Lee,” “Lucille,” “You Ship Me,” “Mustang Sally” and different jukebox favorites spanning the generations.
“Man, I can’t wait to get on that stage,” he mentioned. “I can nonetheless hit the excessive notes. I’m fairly blessed.”