Gerald Anderson began making mandolins over 30 years ago in Wayne Henderson’s guitar shop. After he graduated from college, Anderson spent a considerable amount of time in the famous guitar maker’s busy workshop in Rugby, VA, observing and performing with Henderson.
Soon he developed an interest in making his own fine-quality instruments, and set out to reproduce the sounds of the classic Gibson Loar mandolins of the 1920’s. He shared a workspace with Henderson until the spring of 2005, when Anderson moved his tools and instruments into the bottom level of his own home in Troutdale, VA. Over the past 30 years, Anderson has made over 110 guitars and over 160 mandolins.
In the many years he has been building instruments, he has also played old time and bluegrass music with much success. Gerald has made more than twenty-five recordings and has won over 200 ribbons from musical competitions, the most prestigious being the ribbon for 1st place guitar at the 2003 Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention in Galax, VA.
In 2006, Gerald participated in a “Crooked Road” musical tour of Scotland, and also performed at the 2005 and 2007 National Folk Festivals held in Richmond, VA. Gerald has also performed on more than one occasion in New York City, and the FloydFest festival held in Floyd, VA.
You will also hear Gerald and one of his apprentices, Spencer 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.