If The Pretenders and Emmylou Harris met in a dark honky-tonk.
Nena Anderson’s blues-tinged Americana is birthed from heartaches and hope, and the life experiences that we all have in common. Her songs console with an “I’ve been there too” feeling, while reminding us that we will all get through it. Her velvet voice is soulful and intimate, always leaving you wanting more, with melodies that you can’t get out of your head. Many bands, music genres, touring and collaborations since she began, Nena has landed right where she is supposed to be, with new songs that nod to her many influences while being completely her own.
Anderson’s newly released EP, Lonesome Nights, is a three-song live preview to her new material. She is working on a full-length studio album to be released in 2019. “I strive to strike an emotional connection with honesty and songs about love, life, and loss,” says Anderson, “Capturing the band live has a timeless, energetic feeling to it.” The tracks are an evolution of her previous, award-winning album, Beyond the Lights, with distinctive Americana songs with rock and classic country influences.
In addition to her solo band, Nena fronts the acclaimed country band, Brawley, and performs as
featured vocalist of the jazz combo, Jetset. She is also a member of the collaborative album/concert project, For The Sender, and spent several years touring with Johnny Cash Tribute, Cash’d Out, as June Carter Cash. She has shared stages with such diverse artists as Lucinda Williams, Gregg Allman, Dan Hicks, and Cindy Lee Berryhill.