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Writing ad jingles for local radio became his first paying gig in music. The pay wasn't great, but that he was paid at all was enough of an inspiration for Anderson to quit his day job and head for Nashville. Playing around town introduced him to some of the local professional songwriters, most notably George Ducas. Writing a couple songs with the well-revered Ducas was a big endorsement for Anderson, and soon every publishing house in Nashville was aware of him. A couple minor appearances on various albums appeared before Anderson hit pay dirt with "Beer Run," a tune that was recorded as a duet by Garth Brooks and George Jones in 2001. Anderson felt he now had the clout to become an artist on his own, and started approaching labels. It took a while, but eventually Arista Nashville came calling. The label issued Anderson's debut, Three Chord Country and American Rock & Roll, in 2005. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi