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Hi everybody, I'm Chris "Kid" Andersen, known for playing lead guitar in Charlie Musselwhite's band and for other blues luminaries and I also have my own, charmingly obscure solo career. I am originally from the great state of Norway, where I used to play in the house band at the Muddy Waters Club when they first opened in the late 90s. I moved to the land of California 6 years ago and got a gig playing for Sax great Terry Hanck. Well that was a lot of fun and we made 3 CDs (two of which i produced, "I Keep on Holdin' on" & "Night Train") and played and travelled all over the United States and Canada
It was during this time, when living in Santa Cruz, California that I was approached by Swing Shift guitarist and Blue Soul Records president Peter Brown about making my own solo record for his label. Well I did, and the result was "Rock Awhile" released in 2003 and now available on www.cdbaby.com. I was quite happy with the outcome of Rock Awhile, I got to record with some of my idols, Junior Watson and Mark Hummel both appeared on it, Terry was on it and my old friend Martin Windstad from Norway played drums for the sessions. It was a lot of fun and got me started believing in myself as a singer and songwriter. I already knew I was a generous guitar player! Rock Awhile garnered me some respect and acclaim and hundreds of dollars made. I was in Guitar One Magazine, Vintage Guitar Magazine and a few other American releases, but most importantly to me, it got me some long awaited recognition in my home country of Norway. they saw that I was not here on vacation and had become part of the West Coast Blues scene that a lot of Scandinavian bands work so hard to copy...
I made the cover of the Norwegian Blues News and all the papers. I also got in touch with Eric Malling of Blue Mood Records who expressed great regret that this album had not been made for his label. After Rock Awhile, I started getting more solo work, playing the Notodden Blues Festival in 2004 and 2005, the Dark Season Blues Festival on the North Pole 2004. I played 2 tours of Russia, 12 gigs in Ziuhatenejo, Mexico, the Hell Blues Festival, and was supposed to play BYLarm in Bergen, but had to cancel. And a bunch of clubs and dive bars all over creation, of course. Then Charlie Musselwhite called me and offered me the lead guitar spot in his band and I accepted instantly. it was hard to say goodbye to Terry and the guys but I made the right choice in moving on.
Playing with Charlie is a great gig. The Whole band gets treated real
well, and we really gel together, Charlie, June Core (drums), Randy
Bermudes (bass) and I. I like the musical direction Charlie is headed in
and he lets The Whole band steer the course with him. Late 2005 we
recorded the album "Delta Hardware" on the Real World Label and we
received a lot of critical acclaim and 4 Blues Music Awards for it. I
like that album quite a lot and stand behind it. It represents to me a
new take on blues and the dreaded moniker Blues Rock. I like to think of
this album as having rock leanings, but as opposed to most blues rock,
this is not blues music played by rock guys, it's rock ideas executed
by serious blues musicians, with that filter and twist on it. As pary of
Charlie's Band I have toured the USA (all of it, extensively), Canada,
Spain, Germany, Norway (!), Denmark, England, Switzerland, New Zealand,
Australia, France,Portugal and Italy. Nice gig!
I'm also working with Andy Santana, John Nemeth and RJ Mischo. I played on and co produced RJ's "He Came to Play" in '05 and we're working on another one right now! I'm also producing a new Terry Hanck record.
Kid_ UPDATE: I'm done with the new record "The Dreamer", out in Norway on Blue Mood/Grappa December 3rd, followed by a Norwegian Tour. It turned out to be everything i promised and more, with guest spots by Charlie Musselwhite, Rick Estrin, Terry Hanck and others. It is guaranteed to blow your mind!!!! UPDATE II: As of May 2008, I am now officially the guitar player with Rick Estrin and the NIghtcats, filling the shoes of the legendary Little Charlie Baty. Good thing I'm a size 14. ..