Hamish Anderson Goes Acoustic on the Telluride Gondola

Musician Hamish Anderson plays acoustic guitar on the Telluride Gondola during the 2017 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

Hamish Anderson rides the Telluride Gondola

Hamish Anderson Gondola Session Videos

While Hamish Anderson could have gone with the electric/pocket amp setup, which has been a popular option at the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival over the years, he opted to go acoustic. We typically bring the official Gondola Session loaner Martin guitar along with us to sessions, but unfortunately we couldn’t bring it to Telluride this year. So for the session we grabbed a loaner Sigma guitar off of Telluride Music Company.

I did not ask Anderson if he writes primarily on an acoustic or not, but after handing the guitar over to him it was clear that he is comfortable with one. After a quick tune, he was whipping out old school blues licks, and then was ready to record minutes later.

These videos showcase the singer-songwriter aspect of Anderson’s music, which is something that doesn’t shine as much on his raucous live performances with a full band. He played 2 songs from his debut full length album Trouble, which gives a good look at the acoustic interpretation of his current sound. Kick back, have a listen to both – both videos and both the acoustic and studio versions – and see what you think.

“U”

“Never See You Again”

Hamish Anderson, Electric

In addition to his acoustic videos, I thought that it would be good to take a look at some of Hamish Anderson’s electric work. In this video from fellow internet music video live session in a weird space recording company thing, Jam In The Van, Anderson sings lead vocals while playing rhythm and shredding on a telecaster in this classic blues-rock style jam. Hang in for the whole song on this one, it’s worth it.

Hamish Anderson “Hold On Me” (Live on Jam In The Van)

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Hamish Anderson on the gondola. The takeaway for me is that he is a versatile musician. He can play acoustic, and he can play electric. He has a soft and emotional singer-songwriter side to his music, but he can also belt out lyrics and shred while jamming with a band. Thanks for tuning in, and stay tuned for more sessions.
-John