Keith Anderson, In Loving Memory

Keith Anderson and Bobby Cecil

The Ohio Valley Boys

Keith Anderson was born in Webster Co. Wheeler WV on December 29, 1933. He learned to play the guitar at a very young age. Keith and his aunt Ressie Fisher entered and won many amateur contests. At the age of 10 his parents Landis and Elizabeth bought a dairy farm in Wetzel Co. New Martinsville WV, so they moved there. Keith began playing with local bands at the age of 18, he put together his own band "Keith Anderson & The Ohio Valley Boys"  with Jerry Drain and Norbert & Ray Ebert.

Next he went to Nashville Tennessee and worked with Kirk Hansard and Lois Johnson for a few years. He then joined "Jimmy Stephens & The New England Country Gentlemen". Then he dicided it was time again for a band of his own: "The Travel Agents". He had this band untill cancer stopped him. He told me he would have a new band togeather again on April 1st 1985. He died a few days earlier on March 29 and was buried on April 1st. I hope he has a great band with all his friends who have also gone on.

In Loving Memory; Keith's wife Ruth Anderson.

Ruth & Keith Anderson
25th Anniversary

Sonny Wright, Peggy Sue,
Keith Anderson

One lesson I learned from my dad: once when I had been hurt by someone he told me that no one out there was any better then me, but never think I'm better then anyone else. Keith's daughter; Marsha Kline

Kirk Hansard & The Western Gents:
Keith Anderson, Doc Potts,
Kirk Hansard, Lee Hoover

The Travel Agents:
Gail Neff, Keith Anderson,
Allen Neff & Don Cropp

Keith Anderson was from Paden City, West Virginia in the Ohio River Valley country. He grew up playing music, and developed quite a reputation as both a good singer and a "hot guitar man". Starting out doing club dates, he became popular enough to get into show dates up and down the Ohio Valley. He was signed by Cozy Records and made several records on their label. He also recorded on Ran-Dell records. Keith was also a published songwriter, and recorded many of his songs himself. As his popularity grew he began working joint shows with acts out of Wheeling's Jamboree and Fairmont's "Sagebrush Roundup" including acts like Hank the Cowhand, Blaine Stewart and many others.

Keith had his own live weekly radio show on WETZ Radio in New Martinsville, West Virginia. I came to the station as a deejay, became one of his band, and we became close friends right off. We worked together well on club and show dates and stayed together the whole time I was with the station. Keith made guest appearances with different acts on the Jamboree and later was a frequent act on the live television musical, "Big Red Jubilee" out of Parkersburg, West Virginia. He was so well liked on the show he had an open invitation to be on the show any time he was available, and frequently did.

Though his career was ended by cancer in 1985, Keith is still fondly remembered by his many fans in West Virginia and Ohio as "The Hot Guitar Man." I remember Keith as a talented performer, the kind of guy you could depend on. A fellow who cared for and respected his fellow entertainers and was easy to work with. But what I remember Keith by most is that he was my friend!

By Dale Brooks, April 2001

Pictures provided by Keith's daughter Marsha Kline
Used with permission