Missy Andersen Feature
Long Island Blues Society
By Dr. Blues
January 10, 2010

Missy Andersen sings the blues. Born in Detroit but nurtured in Queens she’s now a big part of the San Diego blues scene. Originally stung by the blues bug under her Mom’s tutelage via lessons and a large record collection, Missy was started early on this road. Fast forward to the late 90s and Missy met Earl Thomas. She backed him in the Juke Joint Jezebelles and she later fronted Tell Mama and is now doing it all herself. Missy has a warm, organic vocal which is as at home singing Delta acoustic as she is with full bore soul shouting. Her phrasing and dynamics are on the money and her selection of material is excellent too. Her timbre is rich and melodic. Andersen does sweet covers of “I Can’t Stand the Rain” by Ann Peebles and later appeared on Tina Turner’s Private Dancer CD. Also covered is a fine version of Jr. Wells’ “Little By Little.” Missy turns a phrase nicely by herself, as well. She’s keeping it real and string and preserving the blues for the future generations. 8 snaves