Magazine article Guitar Player

Message for the Mess Age

Magazine article Guitar Player

Message for the Mess Age

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"You know what's cool about this album?" boasts Al Anderson, referring to NRBQ's latest release, Message For The Mess Age [Foreward] I used a $250 rig for almost the entire record--a |Wayne's World' Fender Squire DST and my Fender Squire practice amp. That DST is the fastest thing going."

Anderson kickstarts Mess Age with a frantic, breathless intro to "Over Your Head," but he says speed is no longer the essence of his playing. "I'd rather hear Duane Eddy than some hotshot virtuoso," offers Anderson. "Duane never left the third fret, but his records are the greatest. I'm more interested in playing from the heart than the fingers. I'm trying to be musical and soulful, rather than just fast,"

Al partly attributes his shift in musical values to being clean and sober for three years. "A whole new world has opened up to me--especially in my songwriting. I've written about 150 songs in the last three years, compared to maybe ten songs in the previous ten years. …

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