“I kept trying to make it sound like a Gibson. That didn’t work. You have to give in to the Telecaster – it’s not for the faint of heart”: Dwight Yoakam’s former right-hand man Pete Anderson shares his tone and session guitar wisdom

Pete Anderson poses with a Reverend signature guitar
(Image credit: Nelson Blanton)

Pete Anderson grew up in Detroit, Michigan, where he discovered music and guitar at an early age. He developed a passion for blues and country music, which served him well when he moved to Los Angeles and met Dwight Yoakam. The two worked together for close to 20 years, releasing a classic body of work that sold over 25 million records. It also put Anderson in the producer’s chair and established another facet of his career.

Earlier this year, Anderson published his first book, HOW TO PRODUCE A RECORD: A Player's Philosophy For Making A Great Recording. Much more than a how-to, the book offers a detailed glimpse into the psychology and techniques of session work and production. Anderson shares perspective, experiences, tips, and a lifetime of knowledge, and does so in a way that speaks to musicians and audio professionals of every level. It’s also a great read for fans of his work, and of music in general, who want some insight into the process. 

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Alison Richter is a seasoned journalist who interviews musicians, producers, engineers, and other industry professionals, and covers mental health issues for GuitarWorld.com. Writing credits include a wide range of publications, including GuitarWorld.com, MusicRadar.com, Bass Player, TNAG Connoisseur, Reverb, Music Industry News, Acoustic, Drummer, Guitar.com, Gearphoria, She Shreds, Guitar Girl, and Collectible Guitar.