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New Blues Documentary Sam Lay In Bluesland
Now In post-Production
Starring Sam Lay, James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite
and Iggy Pop

Filming is complete and editing underway on Sam Lay In Bluesland, a feature-length documentary about the life and career of the blues’ most celebrated drummer, Sam Lay. Featuring appearances by James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite, Iggy Pop, Corky Siegel, Barry Goldberg, Nick Gravenites, Jim Keltner, Marcy Levy, Gary Mallaber and Kenny Wayne Shepard, the film is currently slated for 2015 release.

Director and Editor is John Anderson. Executive Producer is Mike Prussian for VT Productions. Producer is Starr Sutherland. Co-Producer is Barry Goldberg.

To see the 4-minute TRAILER for Sam Lay In Bluesland, and to see a behind-the-scenes clip from each of the stars, go to the Sam Lay In Bluesland Website.


Don't Blame Me Released by Red Pajamas Records
Recorded, Mixed and Co-Produced by John Anderson

In March of 1973, I was a Northwestern University student doing a weekly radio show on WNUR that featured my recordings of folk and blues acts performing at Chicago clubs. I’d been to The Earl of Old Town earlier in the year to record a couple of shows, and when I saw that Steve Goodman was going to be there for six nights at the end of the month, I called Earl Pionke and asked if it would be OK for me to bring down my reel-to-reel. He spit out Steve’s home phone number, shouted, “Why don’t you ask him your own f&^%ing self?” and hung up.

When I dialed the number, Steve picked up. Besides sounding perplexed as to why anybody would want to record him, especially someone like me who was, in Steve’s words, “a kid who should be out chasing girls and getting drunk,” he said it was my life to waste and he wasn’t about to stop me.

Over forty years later, the results of that night can finally be heard on Don’t Blame Me, a vinyl release on Steve’s Red Pajamas Records. It’s a deluxe 180-gram pressing, and the LP has a richness and a warmth that does the original recording great justice. And boy, does the dynamic range come in handy.

At the time, I panicked a little when, after a brief acoustic set, Steve winked at me and out of nowhere announced, “Jeff Gutcheon on piano, Steve Burgh on guitar, Hugh McDonald on bass and Steve Mosley on drums!” Suddenly he’s holding an electric guitar and launching the band into a rocking end-of-a-long-week set with the reckless abandon of a bunch of kids who should be out chasing girls and getting drunk.

It was one of those shows that you never forget, and all I could do was watch the VU meters and hope.

Thanks to Al Bunetta and Jon Nowak.

Don’t Blame Me
Produced by John Anderson and Steve Goodman
Recorded and Mixed by John Anderson
Available here on Amazon




announce the 2015 release of the virtual box set DON’T MOCK THE ROCK a collection of over 200 previously unreleased audio and video performances spanning the band’s first 36 years.

In what can only be compared to Bob Dylan’s ‘Bootleg Series’ and Neil Young’s “Archives”, THE CLEANING LADYS finally bring to the light of day material that should have been discarded years ago.


Hey Hey Hey We’re The Cleaning Ladys, Jimmy Take Your Pills, Adelphia, Intellectuals, The World Every 22 Seconds, Suburb Rock, Would You Let Me In Your Country Club?, Party Through The Nuclear War, It Was Just My Lot In Life To Have Been Born A Heterosexual, Long Dong Silver, Here Comes Mom, The Man Who Can Cry, Queen of the Drum Machine, When The Cubs Win The World Series, Father Dick, Cartoons, Whipped Cream Bikini, Rock and Roll President, Let’s Bring Back The Turtles, He’s A Hero, Club Our House, Minimal Girlfriend, Up For You, The Music Business, Hello Up There (This Is Your Penis), Young and Dumb, The Rest Stop Halfway To Heaven, Walking Time Bomb, Get To The Point, No Time For Love, Beer For Breakfast, Doin’ My Job, The Office Sexpot, Tick Tock, Working Class Hero, We Love You Pee Wee, It Hurts To Smile, The Black Seas of Alaska, Celebrities (They Think They’re Great), Needle Drop (Rock Radio For Your Funny Bone), Assembly Line, How Can You Leave Me Tonight?, Guardian Angel, Infatuation, Lisa, Paraquat, All You New York City Women Are The Same, June, Ha Ha You’re A Test Tube Baby, I’m Number One, Nuclear Disaster, Love Me, Next In Line, Mad Scientist, Heart To Heart, What’s So Funny ‘Bout Elvis Costello?, They Couldn’t Destroy Our Love, Racists Against Rock, The Razor’s Edge of Love, Kid Gloves, Girls, When You Talk My Hand’s Inside of Your Face, (I Got Your Number From A) Toilet Wall, When I Kiss You, I’m Telling You Now, Big-Muscled Husbands, Intellectuals, 43,800 Hours, Creatures From Outer Space, Billy’s Got A New Girlfriend, Drive Drive Drive, Stay Away Come Closer, Distraction, We’re Not Afraid, Runaway Train, She Won’t French Kiss, Trash TV, Are You A Man or a Mouse?, Cover Up, Real Man, Dirty Girl, Party In Your PJs, Lovers’ Manifesto, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Rock and Roll Band On Tour, Golf Club, New Is New, Where I Live, Love Statistic, I’m Happy, 1968, Steve Dahl and Garry Meier, Born-Again Rocker, We’re The NRA, Don’t Stop, Hail President Quayle, Back and Forth, Anything For A Buck, ‘Cause I’m A Blob, I Am Just A Regular Guy, The Man With The Little-Boy Smile, That Girl’s Insane, My Girl Loves Everything I Do, Midlife Crisis, High School, Dead People Can’t Sue, This Means War!, Parasite, The Worst Sex I Ever Had, Daughter, Don’t Be A Bimbo, What About Alfred?, Santa’s Drunk This Christmas, Suburban Sleaze, The Brand New Fabulous Four, The Punishment Fits The Crime, We’re The Bears, Vanessa The Small-Screen Wonder, We’re Sponsored By Your Parents, Heart To Heart, Boy On The Rebound, I’m Always Chasin’ Girls, Give Up On My Girl, Stephanie, Consequences, The Honeymoon Express, Do You Know The Way To San Jose?, Up For You, Where I Live, I Always Pretend That It’s You, Honey/Honey Don’t, No Angel, Oh Mickey, Cleaning Ladys Reprise and many, many more.