"part Neko Case and part Billie Holiday, with a dash of Ragged Glory-era Neil Young thrown in for good measure." - OwlandBear
Nena Anderson has been nominated for 13 San Diego Music Awards in the categories of Jazz, Americana, Acoustic, and New Artist. Her debut album "Beyond The Lights", has earned comparisons to early Lucinda Williams, Rickie Lee Jones and Bob Dylan with its accessible and deceptively uncomplicated lyrics and bluesy sound. From the moody, minor-keyed, driving swamp blues to rollicking 60's piano soul groove or catchy two-step country heartache of "I Fall In Love Too Fast," Nena proves she can write timeless songs for a modern audience.
Whether solo or with one of her backing bands, she is a seasoned live performer, "I always try to surround myself with the best players possible (and good people!)" says Nena. Currently she works with backing bands The Mules, Brawley, or the Full House band. The Mules, are: Adrian Demain, guitar (Lee Rocker), Patrick McClory, bass (Alex Woodard band), and Richard Larson (Dottie & the Diamonds), drums. Brawley is: Adrian Demain, guitar (Lee Rocker) Jim Austin, bass (Smith's Ranch Boys) David Berzansky, pedal steel and Dale Daniel, drums (both former members of The Hacienda Brothers.) Full House band features player from Brawley as well as fiddle/keys player Robert Furgo (Leonard Cohen.)
Nena has shared stages as support for Gregg Allman, Raul Malo, Dave Alvin, Switchfoot, Charlie Musselwhite, Dan Hicks, Anya Marina, Jimmie Vaughan and Dr. John. She tours as June Carter with the Johnny Cash tribute band, Cash'd Out, and is also a contributing songwriter and performer for a collaborative project entitled For The Sender.
"Her distinctive, bourbon smooth voice stops you in your tracks and compels you to hang on every word. On the stage, Anderson exudes the enviable self-assurance of someone who's exactly where she's supposed to be." - San Diego Citybeat
"the listener is struck by the beauty of her vocals as they are light and velvety like a chocolate ganache, lingering only long enough to make you want more." - Riveting Riffs Magazine
Named BEST ALBUM by SD Rock ‘n’ Roll "A complete, well-rounded ear full of Americana music that features the sultry, understated vocals and songwriting ability of Nena Anderson. Anderson uses her soulful approach to pull you into her world of lost love laments with delightful ease. The songs are so well crafted, and with the help of her solid backing band, make up a gorgeous collection of material. It’s a record that I seem to keep going back to over the course of last year and I am sure, because of its depth and staying power, I will be spinning it for years to come."
“I Fall in Love Too Fast” is the new single from Nena Anderson’s debut album, Beyond the Lights, but it might as well refer to how quickly you’ll become enamored with her on first listen. Recently released to unanimous praise, the Encinitas native has fashioned a solid collection of gorgeous songs that sound like they’ve been spinning on turntables since the 60’s. And if the lead-off single somehow doesn’t do the trick, songs like “Sink or Swim” and “Daggers” will have you hopelessly hooked.
Maybe it’s the melodies that seem instantly familiar; or maybe it’s her voice – a sweet, tender, yet strong and soulful instrument full of both melancholy and resiliency. In an age of bombastic, belting wannabe-divas, it’s refreshing to hear a charming, understated and tasteful singer like Nena. Her new album could rightfully take it’s place as soundtrack de facto for the poor, broken-hearted souls drowning their sorrows in bourbon down at the local dive, but it could just as easily be a call-to-arms for those same folks to stand up and refuse to be miserable any longer; for every song on Beyond the Lights about a failed relationship, there seems to be one about bouncing back and moving on." - ThreeBzine.com
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