Beyond the Lights
Nena Anderson's debut album "Beyond The Lights" is already earning comparisons to early Lucinda Williams, Rickie Lee Jones and Bob Dylan with its accessible and deceptively uncomplicated lyrics and bluesy, Americana/ Alt. Country sound. Produced by Mike Butler (Linda Kay, Low Volts), the record showcases 10 original songs that are so familiar and warm, you think you have heard them before, and you want to listen to over and over again. From the moody, minor-keyed, driving swamp blues of "Daggers," the rollicking 60's piano soul groove of "Roses & Kisses," to the catchy heartache of "I Fall In Love Too Fast," Nena proves she can write timeless songs for a modern audience.
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." - Kelly Davis, San Diego Citybeat
Nena's current backing band, The Mules, are: Mike Butler, guitar (the Boxmasters), Patrick McClory, bass (Alex Woodard band), and Brian "Nucci" Cantrell, drums (Jack Tempchin). The album also features pedal steel player David Berzansky (Hacienda Brothers) and Mike Feldman (Freddy & Francine) on organ and piano.
Nena has shared stages as support for such artists as Raul Malo, Dave Alvin, Switchfoot, Charlie Musselwhite, Tommy Castro, Jimmy Vaughan, Candye Kane, The Subdudes, Tim Easton, and Dr. John. She recently spent the first 6 months of 2011 touring as June Carter with Johnny Cash tribute band, Cash'd Out.
In addition to releasing several tracks in Europe and Asia over the last few years, Nena has earned 7 San Diego Music Award Nominations for her various musical projects.
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