Music Review: Missy Andersen – Missy Andersen
Blues Blast Magazine
By Michael Packer
July 2009

Missy Andersen was born in Detroit but raised in my hometown, New York City. She has performed and toured with Earl Thomas sharing the stage with the likes of Ray Charles and BB King.

On her debut CD, which was recorded in Copenhagen, Denmark, is simply called Missy Andersen. Missy draws four aces on the opening track with the funky, in the groove, track ‘Ace of Spades’. On ‘New Feet’, she talks about change and shows off her blues feel. There is some real nice guitar on this cut by Heine Andersen.

A terrific rendition of Al Green’s ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’ follows with Jesse Juul knocking it dead out on the Hammond. She rocks out taking her vocals to the rafters on the hot ‘Tell Mama. I love the guitar intro on ‘Same Old Blues’ and Missy definitely has the blues as she sings with all her heart and soul.

The band smokes on the blues classic ‘Little By Little’. ‘Pack it up’ is a funky number that will have listeners wanting to grab their partners and start dancing. The final cut is a really interesting song that really is totally different from the rest of the album and happens to be my favorite track, the delta blues sounding ‘Stand Up and Dance.’

Missy Andersen has recorded a remarkable debut disc. Old school, soulful vocals with a classic approach. The dynamic horn section on this CD is just a thrill to listen to. Missy Andersen has achieved her girlhood dream of putting herself in the spotlight. Missy Andersen definitely shines! I am sure we will be hearing more from this lady. She is a breath of fresh air.

— Reviewer Michael Packer is a singer-guitarist from NYC who fronts his own band “The Michael Packer Blues Band”. He has been performing for over 40 years and has recorded on major labels Atlantic and RCA.

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