Theresa Andersson

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Theresa Andersson
Theresa Andersson FQF 3 Violin Ukulele.jpg
Theresa Andersson performing at French Quarter Festival 2012
Background information
Born (1971-09-11) 11 September 1971 (age 42)
Origin Gotland, Sweden
Genres Indie Soul
Years active 1990–present
Labels Basin Street Records
Associated acts Allen Toussaint
The Neville Brothers
The Meters
Tobias Froberg
Ane Brun
Anders Osborne
Website www.theresaandersson.com

Theresa Andersson (born 11 September 1971, Gotland, Sweden) is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

History[edit]

General[edit]

Andersson came to New Orleans in 1990 to play violin with fellow singer-songwriter and Swede, Anders Osborne. Nine years later, she left the band. Since then, Andersson has performed and recorded with several well-known New Orleans musicians, including Allen Toussaint, The Neville Brothers, The Meters and Betty Harris. In 2007, she accepted an invitation to participate in Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino, where she performed "When The Saints Go Marching In" with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Andersson has performed Late Night with Conan O'Brien and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and has been a performer at the Voodoo Festival in New Orleans.

Andersson in 2006

One-woman show[edit]

Inspired by a one-man-puppet-show (Blair Thomas, Chicago), in which the puppeteer played multiple characters and the drums, Andersson overcame the financial impracticality of touring Europe with a band by learning to play with a loop pedal. She began by looping just her violin, voice, and guitar. Wanting to create a richer sound live, however, she began thinking about adding another loop pedal and more instruments. As a result, Andersson currently travels with two loop pedals, which she uses simultaneously, along with her record player, drums, dulcimer, guitar, and violin.

Recording specifics[edit]

Hummingbird, Go![edit]

Andersson’s idea for her most recent Basin Street Records release was borne while touring Sweden, when she met with producer Tobias Froberg. With little prodding, like-minded Tobias flew to New Orleans in the fall of 2007, where the two recorded Hummingbird, Go! in Andersson’s kitchen. Andersson played most of the instruments on the album, with exception on two duets: one with New Orleans producer Allen Toussaint, and the other with Norwegian Singer Ane Brun. The album was mixed by Linus Larsson (Peter, Bjorn and John, Mercury Rev).

Theresa Andersson performs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, April 2009.

Theresa Andersson Live at Le Petit[edit]

In April 2010, Theresa released her first live DVD entitled Theresa Andersson Live at Le Petit. Andersson’s performance at New Orleans’ Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre on Feb 28th was recorded for the DVD. Live at Le Petit contains an extended set of old and new music, including some exclusive, never-before-seen material. In addition to her original music, the DVD features Andersson’s renditions of traditional American folk songs as well as a duet with famed New Orleans music legend Allen Toussaint.

Online success[edit]

Andersson’s do-it-yourself video for her song "Na Na Na" has become very popular on YouTube, with over 1.2 million views.[1] Originally shot as a promotional video to help music venues understand how she would be touring, the video went viral during the summer of 2008. Andersson filmed the video, and a second one for her song, "Birds Fly Away"[2] in the same kitchen where she recorded her album Hummingbird, Go!

Personal life[edit]

Andersson is married, with one child born 2011. She skipped the 2011 New Orleans Jazz Fest because hormonal changes associated with delivery of her first child temporarily rendered her upper vocal registry unsteady. Andersson and her family live in Algiers Point.[3]

Discography[edit]

Solo[edit]

  • Vibes (June 3, 1996)
  • Theresa Andersson (April 30, 2000)
  • No Regrets (April 19, 2002)
  • Shine (March 10, 2004)
  • Theresa Andersson The EP (May 20, 2006)
  • I the River EP (June 11, 2008)
  • Hummingbird, Go! (September 2, 2008)
  • Street Parade (April 24, 2012)

Compilations[edit]

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Na Na Na"
  2. ^ "Birds Fly Away"
  3. ^ Spera, Keith (2012-05-01). "Letting life flow in: Songwriter Theresa Andersson's expanding roles with music and motherhood lead her to a better place". Times-Picayune (Saint Tammany Edition). pp. C1–C2. Retrieved 2012-05-02. 

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