A good-natured finger-picking guitarist, Anderson
played for about 30 years as part of a medicine show. He did make a couple of sides for Columbia in the late '20s with Simmie Dooley
, but otherwise didn't record until a 1950 session, the results of which were issued on a Riverside LP that also included tracks by Gary Davis
went on to make some albums on his own after the blues revival commenced in the early '60s, establishing him as a minor but worthy exponent of the Pidemont school, versed in blues, ragtime, and folk songs. Anderson
also became an unusual footnote in rock history when Syd Barrett
, a young man in Cambridge, England, combined Pink
's first name with the first name of another obscure bluesman (Floyd Council) to name his rock group, Pink Floyd
, in the mid-'60s.