Video of the Week, No Good, Hamish Anderson, Rock and Blues Muse

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We chose this video “No Good” by the Australian blues rocker, Hamish Anderson, because this singer-songwriter, guitar player rocks with a sound all his own. Setting the stage for his upcoming album out in 2019, Hamish Anderson worked with seven-time Grammy winner Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Tedeschi Trucks ) who also produced his debut album, Trouble, released in 2016. Featuring heavier rock sounds, Hamish’s band includes drummer Johnny Radelat (Gary Clark Jr) bassist Chris Bruce and organist Jerry Borge.

“No Good” is a rocking video with ripping guitar work and soulful vocals.

A more performance oriented video than his previous videos, Hamish claims he was influenced by imagery from the late 70’s videos of The Rolling Stones where it was them playing in NYC industrial warehouse-style environments.

Says Hamish, “I got really lucky to work with a great team and we all felt that the energy and the vibe of the song was truly captured in the video.” Hamish hopes to release a few more singles from his upcoming album before its release.

His roots in the Blues, Hamish namechecks blues legends Robert Johnson, Buddy Guy, Elmore James, and Son House, revealing a love for a genre that predates him by decades. “I think with the blues and rock music it was the honesty of the music and—especially the blues—the relatability of it; everyone experiences the blues.”

Hamish counts as his influences, guitar players and songwriters from Robert Johnson, BB King, Bob Dylan, and Tom Petty.

Anderson left his homeland in the spring of 2014 to give it a go in America because “the blues and rock is what I connect with, and it’s all from here.” Within months this then-23-year-old wunderkind had become the very last artist to open for his hero, B.B. King, and he’d been heralded by guitar slinger Gary Clark Jr. in as someone to watch under the age of 30.

Since his move from Australia to Los Angeles, he’s issued a pair of EPs and a live album, and racked up an impressive array of accomplishments, including a prestigious 2015 Independent Music Award for Best Song—Blues (for “Burn,” from his sophomore EP); profiles in The Huffington Post and in the U.K.’s The Blues Magazine’s 2015 “Future of Blues Music” issue; and opening slots for Robert Cray, Los Lobos, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Wynona Judd, Vintage Trouble, Low Cut Connie and a 12-city run with The Rides (Stephen Stills, Shepherd, and Barry Goldberg).

Hamish Anderson was named a “Top 10 Artist of 2016” by Yahoo! Music.

Hamish is currently on tour. See tour schedule here. 

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