Photographs by Bender Melon
Yes, face it, if you’re gonna step into the spotlight sporting a band name like the World Famous Headliners, you’ve got two options. Either you’ve got to be really good or really stupid.
As it turned out, the World Famous Headliners were definitely not stupid…
Led by guitarslinger Big Al Anderson, the band is his first since he parted ways with the classic NRBQ line-up. And Big Al was smart enough to surround himself with some of the finest talent to walk the streets of his current hometown, Nashville. And that includes singer-songwriters Shawn Camp (who has collaborated with the likes of Guy Clark Clark and Jim Lauderdale) and Pat McLaughlin (formerly of Tiny Town), both of whom have penned No. 1 country hits.
Add veteran musicians Michael Rhodes on bass (John Fogerty, JJ Cale, Joss Stone, Bob Seger) and drummer Greg Morrow (Joe Cocker, Johnny Cash, Dixie Chicks), and you’ve got a band that definitely lives up to their name.