In December 2000, famous Swedish promoter Hans Edler invites Pete Anderson to Stockholm to take part in “Rock Gala
” concerts where he is the only special guest from abroad. He sings on a same stage with the biggest 50’s and 60’s Swedish rock’n’roll stars like Jan Rohde, Rockin’ Boris, Little Gerhard, Rock Olga, Burken, Kenneth Swanstrom and others. All musicians are backed by Swedish rockabilly band “The T-Cats”.
In March of 2002 Pete again goes to USA, this time to South of Texas to a small town Mercedes to record his first 100% American CD album “Texeclectic
” with a bunch of local studio musicians led by his friend – famous country & western musician, music professor, virtuoso guitarist Ray Tate.
Same as many other musicians Pete had to have a day job and for three years Pete was a territory representative for “Motorola” in Latvia and Estonia.
According to many musicians and music critics and reviewers opinion, Pete’s interpretations and arrangements of the fifties musical stuff are among the best ones.
Pete has the talent of finding those great but well-forgotten songs and giving these musical treasures a brand new life.
Lately Pete has been writing his own songs. One of them - "Baby I'm Crazy 'Bout You" was included in his CD album “Sentimental
”, released in 2004 and dedicated to his wife Anna. More Pete's own songs are included in his newest album "Brass-A-Billy
" (2008) and on The Swamp Shakers' promo CD "Panic Boogie"
Today Pete Anderson is going full steam with his band playing numerous club gigs and music festivals all over the Baltic and Western Europe. With his energetic performances he has successfully toured Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Holland, Belgium, Germany, England and USA. From 1991 he was constantly booked on the same shows with many legendary rock’n’roll greats such as Bill Haley’s Original Comets, Gene Vincent’s Blue Caps, Jack Scott, Billy Lee Riley, Hayden Thompson, Ventures, Roddy Jackson and many other famous artists. Pete has also appeared on numerous European radio and TV shows and commercials.
Pete Anderson is a member of “Gene Vincent's Official Fan Club Of England”, honorary member of “Elvis Presley Fan Club Of Estonia” , “Moscow’s Elvis Presley Memorial” member, “Swedish Rock’n’roll Club” member, "Wild Cats" (Denmark) club's member as well as the only entertainer from Latvia and the whole ex-Soviet Union, that is mentioned in “Rockabilly Hall Of Fame” http://www.rockabillyhall.com/RockClockTribute.html
For two years Pete Anderson had worked as a radio host on one of the first independent radio stations in Latvia - Radio Skonto, presenting his own popular radio show
named “Be-Bop Boogie And The Rockin’ Rhythm Review”
In 2000 he had organized the only rock’n’roll and country music club „Alligator”
in Riga and for three years he was a music manager of it. Unfortunately the club was pressed to close because the premises were sold by the owner.
From 2005 Pete has renewed the organization of International Rock'n'roll Festivals in Latvia. On May 1, 2007 already third festival has blasted off.
Many famous rock'n'rollers have successfully appeared there - Mike Sanchez, Wildfire Willie & The Ramblers, Eva Eastwood & The Major Keys, The Jive Cats, The Refreshments, DiMaggio Brothers, Ivo Linna & Rock Hotel among others.
"Pete Anderson & The American Dream" gave a tremendous show at the famous UK's "Rhythm Riot"
festival in October 2007, getting very positive reviews in "Now Dig This" and "UK ROCK" magazines.
In recent years Pete, like in good old "Archives" times, from time to time performs again in an extended line-up with two or three saxes and occassionally with steel guitar.
In 2008, Razzle Dazzle Records released the newest Pete's solo CD album "Brass-A-Billy
". It is a further development of Pete’s idea of melting rockabilly with swing, which "The Archives" realized already in the eighties, this time in a new, rather unusual way.
"Brass-A-Billy" album is acknowledged by the "JUST PLAIN FOLKS" (JPF) - the biggest music organization in the world today, as “THE WINNER OF JPF MUSIC AWARDS FOR THE BEST ROCKABILLY ALBUM 2009 (Nashville, TN)"
In the spring of 2009 the brand new band - "Pete Anderson & The Swamp Shakers"
was formed. The youngest member of the band - Hi-Fi Marc - is 17 years old.
The line-up of the band since 2012:Rockin’ Pete
- lead vocals, rhythm guitarSlappin’ Annie
- slap bass, back vocals Hi-Fi Marc (Marcis Liepinsh)
- lead guitar, back vocalsMr. Splash!
(Karlis Paukshte) – drums, back vocals
“The Swamp Shakers” is the only professional band in the whole Latvia playing real classical Rockabilly music, thus fulfilling Pete’s life-long dream of creating the real authentic band. All the band members are truly dedicated and gifted musicians that got together with the strong desire to play on a competent level the rockabilly music which they all are madly in love with, creating fun & joy for themselves and the audiences as well. This band is kinda special in a way they present their musical skills and stylistic image.
„We play our own versions of the 50’s classic rockabilly tunes, some old-fashioned country and hillbilly with the fresh sound, fresh arrangements and energetic, joyful, emotionally attractive performance as well as our own compositions and we wish to popularize this great music and 50’s culture here in Latvia and elsewhere!”
In March 2010, the band had a very successful tour to Finland
, performed in the best rock'n'roll clubs in five cities, headlined the „Rock’n’roll Party” festival in Iisoppi (Nokia) and performed a solo concert in one of the best jazz clubs in the world - the infamous „Storyville”
In February - March of 2011 the band visited Norway
with four concerts.
In June 2011 "The Swamp Shakers" performed at the most prestigious rockabilly festival in Europe - "ROCKABILLY RAVE"
) (Camber Sands, East Sussex, UK) and got the great feedback both from the audience and the reviewers.
In August 2011 the band had played seven gigs at one of the biggest jazz festivals in Norway
- Silda Jazz Festival
In 2012 the band in new line-up again performed in Finland, and
in 2013, in Germany, Russia
In 2014, the band is invited to perform at Rockin' Around Turnhout festival
in Belgium (April 2014, https://www.facebook.com/rockinaroundturnhout)
, and Terschelling Rock and Roll Street Festival (Holland, https://www.facebook.com/Rock.Roll.Street.Terschelling
In 2013, The Swamp Shakers recorded 14 original songs live in Berlin, at the famous Lightning Recorders studio
. The CD will be out on Rhythm Bomb
in the beginning of 2014.
There are few live videos of the band on You Tube and Facebook: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEwMJ81JyCo
- Baby Let's Play House http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQDS3_AfDLk
- Shake Shack A Doobyhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlS2WLo8o_Q
– Rock’n’roll Ruby http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpbLzVVp2to
– Travelin’ Light http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpcHa_VfI4Q
– Blue Moon Of Kentucky http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G6yna6WZQI
– Big Fool
You can watch some newer videos of the band - Just Because
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKUjuKiLmtMFlying Saucers Rock’n’roll - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w66citqyd48&feature=related
Original songs, Lithuania, 2011, Sea Festival, live: "You Will Be My Hot Rod" ("My Rusty Beauty") - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxQDCQxxmo4 "I'm Flabbergasted" -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4TjKraEf-Q In 2012 - 2013 (original songs are out on the new CD "Enjoy The Ride!" in 2014):
Red Corvette - May 2013 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4e5rvxwaoZw
Come Back To Me - May 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaxwwDYJjII
Hula Hoop Baby - December 2013 - https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=617784141616263&set=vb.103649706363045&type=2&theater
Pete Anderson has lots of fans all over the world.