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Showing posts with label Missy Andersen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Missy Andersen. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Blind Raccoon Showcases Roots & Blues Artists

Blind Raccoon Showcases Roots & Blues Artists
Blind Raccoon is delighted to announce the line-up for its showcases happening during the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. On January 21, 22 and 23, from 11:30am to 5pm, artists from Norway, Canada, California, Ohio, Illinois, Connecticut, and New York, a smorgasbord of roots and blues talent, will grace the stage. We have two 2015 Blues Music Award nominees - Vaneese Thomas & Missy Andersen, one 2015 IBC participant – Gaetano Letizia and the Underworld Blues Band, as well as several former IBC contestants performing over the three days. Net proceeds from the showcases will benefit The Blues Foundation’s HART Fund, which provides assistance to blues musicians and their families in times of great financial need due to medical emergencies. Emcees are Peter "Blewzzman” Lauro of on Wednesday, Brett Fleming, host of Soul Stew, WEVL/Memphis, on Thursday, and Richard L’Hommedieu, producer of Live At The Midnight Circus and publisher of Making A Scene, on Friday. Blind Raccoon is a music marketing firm out of Memphis dedicated to spreading their artists’ music around the globe.


Gaetano Letizia and the Underworld Blues Band
2015 IBC participant
Based in OH

Vaneese Thomas
2015 BMA Nominee “Soul Blues Album” (Blues For My Father) & “Soul Blues Female Artist”
Based in NY, from Memphis

Magnus Berg
Based in Norway

The Reverend Shawn Amos
Based in CA

Hurricane Ruth
Former IBC participant
Based in IL

Missy Andersen
2015 BMA Nominee “Soul Blues Female Artist”
Missy Andersen was due to participate in this year’s IBC, but as she was nominated for a BMA, was eliminated from the competition.
Based in CA

Suit Ty Thurrsty
Based in CT

Anthony Gomes
From Canada
Early 2015 will see the release of Electric Field Holler, a guitar driven blues infused rock ‘n’ roll album that showcases Gomes‘ blistering six string work and whiskey soaked voice.   


Wednesday, January 21, 2015
11:30am - Gaetano Letizia and the Underworld Blues Band – I hour set
12:45pm - Vaneese Thomas – 45 minute set
1:45pm - Magnus Berg - 45 minute set
2:45pm – The Reverend Shawn Amos - 45 minute set
3:45pm - Hurricane Ruth – I hour set

Thursday, January 22, 2015
11:30am - Missy Andersen – I hour set
12:45pm - Suit Ty Thurrsty – 45 minute set
1:45pm - Vaneese Thomas - 45 minute set
2:45pm - Anthony Gomes – I hour set
4pm The Reverend Shawn Amos – 45 minute set

Friday, January 23, 2015
11:30am - Suit Ty Thurrsty – I hour set
12:45pm - Hurricane Ruth – 45 minute set
1:45pm - Gaetano Letizia and the Underworld Blues Band - 45 minute set
2:45pm - Missy Andersen - 45 minute set
3:45pm - Magnus Berg – I hour set

Charlie Musselwhite ~ Juke Joint Chapel
57th Annual Grammy Award Nominee “Best Blues Album”
2015 Blues Music Award (BMA) Nominee “Harmonica”
June Core ~ 2015 BMA Nominee “Drums”

Gary Clark Jr. ~ Live
2015 BMA Nominee “Contemporary Blues Male Artist”

Missy Andersen ~ In The Moment
2015 BMA Nominee “Soul Blues Female Artist”

Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls ~ Soul Brothers
2015 BMA Nominee “Soul Blues Album” & “Soul Blues Male Artist” (Otis & Johnny)

Vaneese Thomas ~ Blues For My Father
2015 BMA Nominee “Soul Blues Album” & “Soul Blues Female Artist”

Altered Five Blues Band • Bobby Hurricane Spencer
Chris Daniels & The Kings featuring Freddi Gowdy •D.A. Foster
Grady Champion •Hurricane Ruth • Magnus Berg • Ray Goren
The Reverend Shawn Amos

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Main Squeeze Records artist - Missy Andersen - In The Moment - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, In The Moment, from Missy Andersen and it scratches a lot of itches. Opening with Rent Party is a cool blues swing track with a touch of jazz. Heine Andersen lays out a nice guitar solo and Sue Palmer is tight on piano. Horn work from Robbie Smith (trumpet), Gerrard Nolan (tenor sax) and Bob Mathes (Bari sax) give it a bit of a club feel. Whole Lotta Nuthin' has a New Orleans feel with marching style drums from Marty Dodson and Ben Moore lays down some nice B3 work. Heine cooks the frets on this track with some hot jazzy riffs. On Latin styled Night Stalker Andersen again plays into a 40's - 50's sophistication. She really has a strong voice and has strong support from vocalists Sonja Mack and Karen Trapane. R&B track More Than Enough has a really strong presence and Andersen's vocals are top notch. Light instrumental accompaniment of light drums and B3 and punctuation but the horn section makes this one of my release favorites. Better Or Worse has a bit of a Chicago blues style featuring James Harman on harp and Nathan James on guitar. On No Regrets, roots in gospel can be heard cemented in Andersen's vocal styling and the warm B3 key work from Moore. Very nice! Same Things Make You Laugh Will Make You Cry is a R&B style number with great delivery from Andersen. Soild rhythm work, B3 backing and horns give this a true feeling of the age of R&B. Reach Out is an easy going blues number with a real twist of gospel. I really like Anderson's feel on this track and the backing vocals of Mack and Trapane as well as the nice walking bass line of Michael McKinnon and stirring guitar solo by Heine Andersen make this one of the most memorable tracks on the release. Ladies Shoes is a real down and dirty blues number with Andersen digging in deep. I really like the contributions of Heine Andersen on guitar on this track which are inspired. Funky rhythms on Hey Now! highlighting the percussion work of Christopher Hoffee and Moore on B3 nicely compliment Andersen's vocal work. Wrapping the track is I've Been Walkin' gets a nice "revival" feel going but with a bit of twang. Nice vocal call and response between Andersen and Mack/Trapane and strong support from Sue Palmer on piano and Marty Dodson make this a real uplifting end to a cool release.

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