A night of intimate acoustic American roots and soul music with two legendary duos: Nathan James & Ben Hernandez, and Missy & Heine Andersen.
Nathan James and Ben Hernandez were a force to be reckoned with forming back in the early 2,000’s. Their beginnings were based around the styles of blues legends Sonny Terry and Brownie Mcghee and all early pioneers of jug band, delta, piedmont, and gospel. For nearly a decade Nathan and Ben performed constantly all over the West Coast and Europe creating their own signature sound. They won the International Blues Challenge in 2007 which gained them appearances at the Taipei Blues Fest, Rootsway Blues Fest in Italy, and on the Legendary Blues Cruise. In 2008 Ben moved to the East coast and the duo only performed together only a handful of times since then.
Nathan leads his own band the Rhythm Scratchers as well as performing solo, and this concert is sort of a send off party for a solo European tour he will be leaving for a few days after.
Since returning to San Diego, Ben Hernandez has been focused on his band Malachi Henry and the Lights who are making waves with their sound rooted in early gospel tempered with experimental rock and southern soul.
Missy Andersen and her accompanist/husband, Heine Andersen, love what they do. Keeping a heavy touring schedule, the tenacious twosome performs as a duo which showcases the couple’s individual and combined talents. In the absence of other instruments, listeners find a greater appreciation for Missy’s gospel-tinged vocals and Heine’s Blues & Americana inspired guitar work.
A charismatic performer known for her expressive and earthy vocals, Missy Andersen received the coveted Blues Music Awardnomination for Soul Blues Female Artist in 2015 and then again in 2016. Her sophomore album, In the Moment, received rave reviews from both critics and fans and ended up on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Albums. Raised in Queens, NY, Missy grew up singing along to the blues, soul, and gospel music of her parents and grandparents. These influences are evident throughout her recordings and live performances.
Originally from the country of Denmark, but steeped in American Roots music, Heine Andersen has toured extensively in both Europe and North America, playing some of the most prestigious stages and festivals throughout his career. Noted for his polyrhythmic acoustic style, Heine plays lead and rhythm as well as bass lines simultaneously. With eyes closed, a listener would swear there were at least three musicians present. Add in Missy’s expressive, deep soul vocal delivery plus humorous storytelling and it’s a perfect match of all things good. Says Missy, “My dad is from South Carolina and my mother is from Detroit so, basically, I’m bilingual. I speak North and South so that’s soul and blues.” Indeed.
Nathan James & Ben Hernandez w/ Missy & Heine Andersen
Sunday, February 10 @ 7pm
New Village Arts
2787 State Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008