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Missy Andersen

by Missy Andersen

The self-titled debut album, Missy Andersen, is an organic mix of soul and blues. Throw in some tight horns and a grooving rhythm section and get ready to burn.
Genre: Blues: Soul-Blues
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1. Ace of Spades
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2. New Feet
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3. I Can't Stand the Rain
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4. Tell Mama
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5. Same Old Blues
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6. Little By Little
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7. Pack It Up
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8. Stand Up and Dance
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Album Notes
"Memories of Atlantic, Stax, Hi, and possibly Goldwax abound, but they are only memories, for this is music that is only inspired by that which was and builds upon those foundations and takes the music to another level. Missy does not dwell in the past recreating perfect copies of the old, she is forming new types and styles even if they are very familiar."~Brian Harman, BluesArtStudio.com


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missy andersen
I don't remember hearing as brilliant female singer for years. "Ace of Spades" is my favorit, but I really love all these songs!
Great production and as a guitarist I like album's guitarwork great deal!! But it's Missy's voice that's give me gooood vibrations!! Simply GREAT ALBUM!!!

Andrew Farnsworth

Missy Andersen
Unlike many recent 'retro-soul' releases, this one feels like it's gonna have legs...all the more curious since it comes to us from sunny San Diego by way of a Danish recording studio. Beautifully recorded with lots of Memphis Groove ingredients: fatback snare, Fender-thru-a-B15 understated yet deep-pocket bass, fantastically arranged Sax-heavy burpin' and blarin' horns (that enhance, rather than dominate the material), tasty Tele thru a Vibrolux guitar lines, all riding on a bed of Holy Hammond organ that chirps, growls and moans in the appropriate places...and nary a synthesizer within earshot...Bravo! All of that could make even a mediocre vocalist sound great, but Missy Andersen is far from mediocre...displaying at times the timbre, range and phrasing of her forbears Irma Thomas, Ann Peebles and Mavis Staples, Missy nonetheless is her own voice...passionate and facile with newer material and sensitive to the three standards on this disc. The only very minor quibble I have with this outing is the inclusion of those iconic soul/blues standards. No doubt they are here because they are huge crowd pleasers in the live setting; and that radio people and those looking for performers in this genre will be moved into a 'comfort zone' by them...fair enough. However, it's awful tough to rise above the bar set by the eternal Etta James and the most soulful diva Ann Peebles unless there is a new take on the arrangement or new twist to the essence of the song. Missy Andersen's and indeed, Soul Music in general can only stay vital by forging ahead with new material, and new performance benchmarks that pay hommage to the past while staying relevent to today. Enough of my soapboxing...bottom line is, this is a great album and Missy Andersen and her fabulous band will be a huge force on the Soul/Blues scene for as long as they want to be. Missy: ya done good!

Earl Thomas

Missy Andersen Rocks!
I am beyond words happy and honored to endorse this record! I have always loved Missy's voice and style. She has a truly original sound and her phrasing of the melody is creative, intelligent, soulful and, in my humble opinion, puts her in the league with Erma Thomas or any of the great contemporary female (or male for that matter) soul/blues vocalists. Her version of O. V. Wright's "Ace Of Spades" is priceless! The band is tight and right on point and perfectly compliments her vocal delivery. She is still and always will be my "right hand man on the left!" I give this one 5 stars!


missy andersen
Because of my bad english I have to say I don't have words enough to describe my feelings about this album. It's simply GREAT!!! Period.
I strogly recommed it!!


missy andersen
One of my friends told me about this young lady who sings so soulful and bluesy. I heard her on myspace for the first time and bought her album instantly. Missy sings very hearthtaking bluesy soul and the whole production is brilliant with it's horn sections and stuff. Heine Andersen plays bluesy guitar like it should be played. Brilliant!! Period. Most certainly there's more to come!!!


missy andersen
I don't remember hearing as brilliant album for years. Missy's voice is so rich and colourful and the whole production is awesome. Brilliant horn arrangements and of course playing! As a guitarist I also like the guitarwork especially. I strongly recommed this piece of art to anyone who likes Bluessoul or Soulblues.

Anthony A. Young

Missy Andersen
Missy Andersen is the blues personified! The last time I was this excited about a blues album was way back when I first heard BB King's "The Thrill is Gone"! Missy's voice is rich with sounds of pass blues masters, while at the same time exhibiting glimpes of the what the future of the blues will be like. I personally think that Missy should redo "What a Difference a Day Made" by the great Dinah Washington. Thats just what I think of Missy's singing versatility and diversity. The band is definitely par excellence and worthy to be praised. The two of them offer up a fantastic recipe for success!