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Christoffer "Kid" Andersen
Kid Andersen performing at the 2009 Coloma Blues Live! festival. Photo by Mike Shea
|Birth name||Christoffer Andersen|
|Born||January 15, 1980|
|Associated acts||Rick Estrin & the Nightcats|
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.
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. 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.
In 2013, Andersen was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the 'Gibson Guitar' category. In 2014, 2015, and 2016 he was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the 'Best Instrumentalist – Guitar' category.
During the past 5 years Kid Andersen also gained a solid reputation of musical producer using his own recording facility "the Greaseland Studio". He produced the last 2 albums of Rick Estrin & The Nightcats: "One wrong turn" and this year "Groovin' in Greaseland". In 2017 he also produced several albums including "Stompin' Ground" from Tommy Castro & The Painkillers as well as Eddie Boyd a blues veteran.
- Rock Awhile (2003)
- Guitarmageddon (2004)
- Greaseland (2006)
- The Dreamer (2007)
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