Christoffer Andersen

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Christoffer "Kid" Andersen
A photograph of guitarist Kid Andersen kicking a leg in the air while playing guitar.
Kid Andersen performing at the 2009 Coloma Blues Live! festival
Background information
Birth nameChristoffer Andersen
Born (1980-01-15) January 15, 1980 (age 40)
OriginTelemark, Norway
GenresBlues, soul
Occupation(s)Guitarist, record producer
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active1998–present
LabelsAlligator
Associated actsRick Estrin & The Nightcats

Christoffer "Kid" Andersen (born January 15, 1980) is a blues guitarist from Herre, Norway.

By age 11, Andersen had gained the attention of Norwegian blues guitar teacher, Morten Omlid, who steered him towards traditional blues music. In 2001, at age 21, Andersen moved to the United States, joined blues frontman Terry Hanck's band, and quickly became a figure on the West Coast blues scene.[1]

Andersen later played in Charlie Musselwhite's band and got a Blues Music Award (formerly W.C. Handy Award) for best contemporary blues album for Charlie Musselwhite's Delta Hardware.[2] Then, when Little Charlie Baty retired from touring, Andersen took his place as guitarist in the Nightcats, and the new name of Rick Estrin & The Nightcats was formed. Andersen has also done extensive touring with Elvin Bishop on the Red Dog Speaks Tour. He is married to American Idol finalist Lisa Leuschner. They currently reside in San Jose, California where Andersen is CEO of Greaseland Studios.[3]

In 2013, Andersen was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the 'Gibson Guitar' category.[4] In 2014, 2015, and 2016 he was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the 'Best Instrumentalist – Guitar' category.[5][6]

In recent years, Andersen gained a reputation of record producer using his own recording facility "the Greaseland Studio". He produced the last two albums of Rick Estrin & The Nightcats: One Wrong Turn (2012) and Groovin' in Greaseland (2017). In 2017, he also produced several albums including Stompin' Ground from Tommy Castro. In 2019 he co-producer Junior Watson's, album Nothin' to it But to Do It

Discography[edit]

  • Rock Awhile (2003)
  • Guitarmageddon (2004)
  • Greaseland (2006)
  • The Dreamer (2007)[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BLUES JUNCTION Productions - Kid Andersen". Bluesjunctionproductions.com. Retrieved 2016-01-14.
  2. ^ "2007 - 28th Blues Music Awards: Album of the Year". Blues.org. Archived from the original on 26 October 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Featured interview – Kid Andersen". Bluesblastmagazine.com. 2014-05-10. Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  4. ^ "Blues Music Awards Nominees - 2013 - 34th Blues Music Awards". Blues.org. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  5. ^ "2014 Blues Music Awards Nominees and Winners". Blues.about.com. Retrieved 2014-05-16.
  6. ^ "2016 Blues Music Awards | The Blues Foundation". www.blues.org. Archived from the original on 2016-02-06. Retrieved 2016-01-14.
  7. ^ "Kid Andersen | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-01-14.