In Memory Of A Friend Who Knew The Blues

My buddy Clark Anderson died on  Sept. 19, 2010, of cancer.  Our friendship dates back  to the late 60’s and early ‘70s  when we were bad boys together in Kenosha.  When I married in 1977, Clark’s band played at the reception.  When we’ve gotten together in recent years, music was usually the reason.

I write a yearly roundup of my favorite shows for Isthmus, and  Clark was often there at my side.  A marvelous songwriter and a sweetly wicked slide guitarist, he gave me a musician’s appreciation of gifted players like  Derek Trucks, Luther Dickinson, Sonny Landreth and  others. I grow teary at the thought of Clark’s absence from my life.

Here is the start of a brief biographical sketch I wrote for a website honoring his music.

Clark was known by his friends as a longtime childcare giver (at Red Caboose Day Care Center in Madison, Wis.) and as the founder of the Wisconsin Childcare Union District 65. He touched many lives in many ways.

Whether providing loving childcare, savvy advice on childcare policy or a strong voice representing underpaid childcare workers, Clark was the go-to guy in Madison.

What Clark’s many admirers may not realize was that he lived another life — as a lover of the blues and as a musician for more than 40 years. This website is an overdue effort to shine a light on Clark Paul Anderson, the singer, songwriter and slide guitarist….

To read more and to hear Clark’s  music, go here.

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