Music Review: Missy Andersen – Missy Andersen
By Freddy
July 2009

When you are born in Detroit (Michigan), music must be, without doubt, in your DNA and when your mother subscribes you as six-year-old girl to a talent scouting, something which you then as a child even start to like, your course of life has pretty much been drawn.

At home, Missy Andersen found a collection of Soul, R&B, Blues, Jazz and Gospel a real help and she could easily take in all the greats of these genres, which also immediately makes it clear why her voice has the timbre in it of Gladys Knight, for example. When Missy moved in the direction of San Diego she ran in the late 90’s into bluesman Earl Thomas and that was the moment that she got incorporated by the ‘Juke Joint Jezebelles’ and the reason why she shared the stage with great people like B. B. King and Ray Charles. After a short career as front singer of the San Diego band, ‘Tell Mama’, Missy Andersen decides to stand on her own feet and the result of all this is the bringing out of a debut-solo record under her own name.

Missy Andersen has been brought out by Main Squeeze Records and counts 8 tracks among two original songs in which you also find the hand of her husband, Heine Andersen, who also plays the guitar in her band together with Asmus Jensen (drums), Jeppe Juul (organ), and Søren Bøjgaard on bass. For track 8, Nathan James was also called on for Dobro.

Blues with a strong and soulful voice interlarded with Rhythm & Blues tones are the results of this record on which Missy Andersen makes a very self-confident impression. Opening with the very funky ‘Ace of Spades’ Missy makes you swing immediately and with this track she let’s the R&B vibes of Jeppe on the organ get to you in a steaming way, followed by the equally danceable and one of her own songs ‘New Feet’.

Blues in a new ‘R&B-jacket’ you could also call this record, especially when you hear how she gives her own arrangement to Ann Peebles’ ‘I Can’t Stand the Rain.’ Of legend Willie Nix we get served ‘Same Old Blues’, a song in which husband Heine makes an extremely good impression with his guitar-solo and in which Missy’s soul voice lets you feel goose-pimples. She finishes with the second of her own songs with the invitation to ‘Stand Up and Dance’ and you really can not do anything else than move your feet to the Dobro sounds of Nathan James.

A successful and very digestible record and a Missy Andersen of whom we will hear again…