Missy Andersen review…August 14, 2014…

MISSY ANDERSEN

IN THE MOMENT

MAIN SQUEEZE RECORDS  MS 1202

RENT PARTY–WHOLE LOTTA NUTHIN’–NIGHT STALKER–MORE THAN ENOUGH–BETTER OR WORSE–NO REGRETS–SAME TTHINGS MAKE YOU LAUGH WILL MAKE YOU CRY–REACH OUT–LADIES SHOES–HEY NOW–I’VE BEEN WALKIN’

Missy Andersen was born in Detroit, and spent her school years growing up in the Borough of Queens, NY.  During this time, she discovered the classic soul singers of the Sixties and Seventies thru her parents’ extensive record collection.  This great music inspired her to sing, and her mother worked with her to hone her skills.  Soon, she was opening for Cissy Houston, and also toured as a backing vocalist for various blues festivals.  It was during one such tour that she met her husband-to-be, Heine Andersen, of Denmark.  Heine is a guitarist who’s steeped in the traditions of the blues, and theirs was a natural coming-together of talents which led to their marriage, and formed the core of Missy’s band.  Her latest album is entitled “In The Moment,” and it is a dazzling showcase for not only her powerful voice, but also the ease with which she handles a variety of material.

With a voice as potent as Missy’s, it is very likely that she could call her own shots as to the type of artist she wanted to become.  Want examples?  Just take a listen to “Reach Out,” featuring sweet guitar from Nathan James, and the set-closing Snooks Eaglin cover of “I’ve Been Walkin,” with cool piano from Sue Palmer.  With all their gospel fervor, one could easily envision Missy as a member of that soul-savin’ army of renowned gospel singers.  Classic soul?  a piece of cake–check out the poignnant ballad, “More Than Enough,” as she vows to a lover to stick together as one.  She sets up a sweet Stax-style groove over the punch of the horns and guitars, as well as the B-3 work of Ben Moore,  in a forewarning to a lover, “The Same Things Make You Laugh Will Make You Cry.”

We were partial to her more traditional blues cuts.  James Harman adds harp and Nathan James is again on guitar on the stompin’ shuffle where Missy reminds her lover-about-to-leave-her that she took him for “Better Or Worse.”  And, the set’s opener is an all-out raver in the grand tradition of Louis Jordan, as Heine’s swingin’ guitar lines propel Missy’s vocals on the good times that keep on rollin’ at this mighty fine “Rent Party!”

As one can gather from listening to “In THe Moment,” Missy Andersen is a tremendously-gifted and very versatile artist.  This set is poised to bring her a whole new legion of fans!!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, Nashville Blues Society.

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