Gerald Anderson began making mandolins over thirty years ago. After graduating from college, Anderson spent time with the well-known guitar maker Wayne Henderson, from Rugby, VA, observing him craft his instruments and playing in his band.
Before long, Anderson developed an interest in making his own instruments, and set out to reproduce the sound of the classic Gibson Loar mandolins of the 1920’s. He shared workspace with Henderson until 2005, when he moved into his own shop in his hometown Troutdale, VA. Anderson has made over 80 guitars and over 150 mandolins.
During the many years Anderson has crafted instruments, he has also enjoyed playing bluegrass music. He has made more than 25 recordings and won over 200 ribbons in music competitions. One of his highlights was winning first place in guitar at the 2003 Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention in Galax, VA.
Gerald Anderson teamed up with Spencer Strickland to form Anderson-Strickland. With Anderson on guitar and Strickland on mandolin, the duo have released two albums as well as a live DVD. In 2005 and 2007, Anderson-Strickland performed at the National Folk Festival held in Richmond, VA. In 2006 they were part of the “Crooked Road” musical tour of Scotland. Anderson-Strickland also have performed in New York City and at FloydFest in Floyd, VA. In 2007, Anderson performed for Queen Elizabeth II when she visited America.
You can hear Anderson-Strickland performing their version of the popular fiddle tune “Cherokee Shuffle” as the theme song for the PBS television series “Song of the Mountains,” aired nationally every week.