Keith Anderson – the country music singer and songwriter behind “I’ll Bring The Music,” “I Still Miss You” and “Sunday Morning in America” - tracks Downtown @ Sundown Friday Night at the Downtown Commons.
Anderson will perform at 8 p.m. Tennessee Pluckers, a local country and southern rock band (Kyle Clements, Logan Moore and Wes Page), opens the show at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.
Here are five things to know about Anderson.
Sportsman of the Year
For years, Anderson has appeared on a different path than music. Growing up in Miami, Oklahoma, he played in many sports. He won all-state football honors and placed second in a Mr. Oklahoma bodybuilding competition.
In college, Anderson joined the Oklahoma state baseball team. A shoulder injury ended his pursuit of the major leagues.
Bring music out of the background
After graduating with honors from OSU, Anderson worked for an engineering firm in Dallas, Texas. It lasted a year and a half before his growing passion for music led him to quit and focus on music. His brother, Brian, was his first guitar teacher. To support his passion project, Anderson took concerts as a landscaper and personal trainer.
Writing your way to success
Anderson’s first success as a songwriter was in 2001 when Garth Brooks and George Jones recorded “Beer Run (B Double E RUN),” a song Anderson co-wrote. The following year, Anderson performed several events, including the opening of Montgomery Gentry. This effort led to a recording contract with Arista Nashville.
In front of the microphone
His first CD, “Three Chord Country and American Rock & Roll”, was certified gold and scored two Top 10 hits (“Pickin ‘Wildflowers” and “Every Time I Hear Your Name”). Two other songs (“XXL” and “Podunk”) were ranked in the Top 30. In 2005, Billboard and Radio & Records named Anderson’s first male country music artist and New York’s best new solo country artist. ‘year.
Anderson’s second CD was the biggest hit of his career with “I Still Miss You”, which peaked at No. 2 on the charts and Top 25, “Sunday Morning In America”.
In 2014, Anderson released a full album (“I’ll Bring the Music”) on his website. The following year, he released a six-song EP with the same title on iTunes and Amazon.
Do it his way
Anderson has appeared on NBC’s Today, Inside Edition, Access Hollywood, the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, Grand Ole Opry Live, CMT 100 Greatest Duets, and CMT’s Unsung Stories. He appeared on the Great American Country television special, Montgomery Gentry: Free to Rock, and appeared in his own GAC concert, Three Chord Country.
Anderson also appeared as a possible love interest in Paula Abdul in A Dr. Phil Primetime Special: Love Smart, which aired Valentine’s Day 2006 on CBS.
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IF YOU ARE GOING TO:
What: Downtown @ Sundown
Who / When: Tennessee Pluckers (7 p.m.); Keith Anderson (8 p.m.)
Where: Downtown Commons (215 Legion Street) As of 4:30 p.m. Main Street will be blocked between Second and Third Streets
What to eat: Food trucks expected to appear include Chick’nCone, Driving You Donuts, Burgasm, Heather’s Homemade Icecream, and Tater Headz
Miscellaneous: The Downtown @ Sundown concerts are held the first and third Friday of each month until October. Chairs and blankets are welcome; pets, coolers, smoking / vaping or outdoor alcohol are not allowed.