Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Oceanside Museum of Art, Dec 1 2016

Nena Anderson trio show Dec 1 at Oceanside Museum of Art 
as part of 333 Pacific's Music at the Museum series. 

Join us for food and live music!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Belly Up TONIGHT 10/19 benefit

I'm hosting another Brawley Barroom Ball tonight at Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach CA. October's event will be a night of honky-tonk for cancer prevention, supporting Keep-a-Breast for Breast Cancer Awareness Month as part of their #Fit4Prevention campaign.

Did you know that just 30 minutes of exercise 3-4 times a week lowers the risk of developing breast cancer by 30-50% ?!  Did you also know that men and children can also get breast cancer? TWO-STEPPING and DANCING is exercise!

Brawley's BarRoom Ball is hosted by Brawley's lead singer, Nena Anderson. Every show features 3 live bands, local or guests, in the genres of American music: Country, Western Swing, Outlaw Country, Alt Country, Americana, Roots Rock, or Rockabilly.  ---> October 19 features Los Angeles' Jolenes, Brawley, and western swing outfit, Ginger Cowgirl & The Silver Spurs. Bring your dancin' boots and your thirst for a heck of a shindig on a school night! Jolenes take it home, Brawley in the middle, Ginger Cowgirl to open. Doors at 7pm. Show at 8pm.

Jolenes are four veteran Los Twangeles roots musicians - Dan Janisch, Grant Langston, David Serby and Dale Daniel - who spend every night out in their giddy up garage, elbow deep in groove and grease, while putting the twang and bang to their granddaddy's old hillbilly heap.
• Dan is the spellbinding, soul-shaking shaman who digs black-winged lovebirds, gutbucket blues hounds, and laying down a smutty Chuck Berry guitar riff.
• Grant is the high octane hillbilly, music city muscle car who loves tearing up an open road, getting into the occasional fist fight, and making grown men cry with a tough but tender ballad.
• David is the lean, laconic grin and tonic with a weakness for pawnshop pulp, dime store noir, and the honkytonk hustle in a slow country shuffle.
• Dale is the rock island racketmaster who swings his sticks in spit shine kicks and digs vintage pearl snap jackets, rock-n-roll hobo poetry, and making sure the trains run on time.
Dan, Grant, and David also front their own bands and between them have put out a dozen critically acclaimed records. Dale banged the cans for one of the greatest bands of all time, The Hacienda Brothers, and currently plays for the Ameripolitan award winning band, The Freightshakers (and Brawley!).

Named after the legendary “Cattle Call” town, Brawley is a mix of San Diego, Joshua Tree and Los Angeles-based working musicians with decades of history and dozens of projects, including the Hacienda Brothers, Smith's Ranch Boys, The Forbidden Pigs, Rancho Deluxe, and many more. Influenced by all the honky-tonk heroes like Faron Young, Ray Price, Buck Owens, and too many more to mention, Brawley's originals mix seamlessly with classic favorites. Sets are laced with shuffles and train beats that force you to dance or make you wish you had taken those two-step classes years ago! Brawley is
Nena Anderson (vocals, guitar) Adrian Demain (vocals, guitar) Jim Austin (bass) David Berzansky (pedal steel) Dale Daniel (drums) and has been featured on KPBS tv "Live at The Belly Up" (watch here, skip to minute 30, we're the second half of the show) and has shared stages with Lucinda Williams, Dave Alvin, and Albert Lee.  

Ginger Cowgirl (aka Stacy Antonel) fronts this 5-piece band dedicated to the spirit and style of vintage country music. Two years ago Stacy chanced to hear a Waylon Jennings tune from a dollar-bin record and fell in love; already a working jazz & rock vocalist, she soon put together her own country outfit. Composed of both veteran country players and young newcomers to the genre, the band performs regularly throughout San Diego, interpreting an eclectic selection of classic country tunes.
They’re currently working on their first EP of original material, which combines modern lyrics and traditional instrumentation for a unique approach to the classic country style.

Tickets at the door and at
Reserved seating is also available.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Nena Every Sunday in October

Join me and the band (and maybe some special guests!) 
every Sunday in October at Pour House, Oceanside. Free!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Sept 17 - Nena Anderson w/Johnzo West

Full Band Show, Johnzo West opens at 9pm
Free. 21+
Pour House, Oceanside CA  (on the PCH, S. Oceanside)
NENA ANDERSON: (Full Band Show!)  10:30pm  Your favorite originals, a few new tunes and new covers by Merle Haggard, Glen Campbell and more. See you there!
JOHNZO WEST: "The Cause and the Cure” is the latest release from Johnzo West featuring the singles “This Time Tomorrow” and “By Your Side.”
After touring and recording with psych/rock band Fortress Social Club, singer-songwriter Ryan Beatty, Billy Ray Cyrus, collaborating with Miley Cyrus and co-composing the score for upcoming film “Run the Tide”, West will spend 2015 touring the US in support of his new release.
Johnzo West has shared the stage with Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band, Ha Ha Tonka, Jackie Greene, The Cadillac Three, Toots and the Maytals, Jade (Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros), Benevento Russo Duo, Easy Star All-Stars, Leroy Powell, Rose’s Pawn Shop, Odessa, and many others.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

Palm Springs, Encinitas, Oceanside

August is on it's way... I'm looking forward to:
1. Fried Chicken Dinner at Solace & Moonlight Lounge
2. Weekending in Palm Springs at the ACE Hotel & Swim Club pool
3. Being the guest artist at 333's Music at the Museum
    -- a catered event of food and music at Oceanside Museum of Art
4. Incredible jazz singer outdoors at the San Diego Embarcadero:
    Cecile McLorin Salvant: A Bayside Summer Nights Concert  (Jazz at Jacobs series)
5. Free, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash concert at La Jolla Concerts by the Sea
6. First day of school!

and shows:
8/7 at Solace & Moonlight Lounge  7-9pm  - Encinitas CA
8/12 at Ace Hotel & Swim Club  8pm-midnight  - Palm Springs CA
8/25 at Oceanside Museum of Art 7-9pm  - Oceanside CA

Sunday, June 5, 2016

6/10 @Ace Hotel - 6/16 Brawley @San Diego County Fair

Friday June 10  8pm-midnight
Join me every second Friday night of the month at 
Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs.
The Amigo Room is one of PS original lounges, 
complete with dark leather booths and craft beer & cocktails.
Bobby Furgo's "Full House" Band plays
a mix of jazz, americana and swing.
Thursday June 16  4:30pm sharp!
Belly Up music festival >> Coors Light Stage
The Coors Light Stage is located at the entrance to the Fun Zone
and is an all ages stage with a full bar and huge dance floor.

The day's entertainment includes
12:30pm  The Sleepwalker
2:30pm  Morgan Leigh
4:30pm  Brawley
6:30pm  Sara Petite
9:00pm  The Highwayman Show

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

April 23-24 Weekend at Pappy & Harriets, Pioneertown CA

Jim Lauderdale, Sara Petite & Nena Anderson. photo by David Butterfield

The Rimrock Rhythm Pushers: Bobby Furgo (fiddle) TK Smith (guitar) George Sluppick (drums) Jim Austin (bass)  photo by David Butterfield

Friday, April 22, 2016

Party at Pappy & Harriets Sunday April 24

Join us for a big shindig in celebration of a big change over at Rimrock Ranch! I'll be singing with Sara Petite AND with the incredible Rimrock Rhythm Pushers. Hope to you see you there. 

music starts at 8pm

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

April 15 - Nena, Cindy Lee Berryhill & Kimm Rogers

Grassroots Oasis 1st Anniversary Party!
 Nena Anderson - Cindy Lee Berryhill - Kimm Rogers
Apr 15, 2016 7:30 PM Doors, Showtime at about 8 PM

VIA - Grassroots Oasis Newsletter:
Inside seating in the intimate setting of The Grassroots Oasis, located just west of Old Town San Diego with lots of free street parking and a few blocks walk from Old Town Transit Center.
Wine, beer, soft drinks and light snacks available with a donation basket.

You don't want to miss our mid-month celebration kicking off The GO's 2nd Year with 3 powerful women of song and story, PLUS the premiere of The GO Gratitude Wall by Listen Local SD impresario, and very talented artist, Cathryn Beeks!

Please reserve your seats NOW and support a 2nd year in this space for progressive culture and organizing. 

Nena Anderson, Cindy Lee Berryhill and Kimm Rogers represent the fullness of lives lived with ache, beauty, humor and alchemy, reflected in words and music rendered honestly and artfully.

During our 1st Year Anniversary Month, the Grassroots Oasis is very pleased to present "An Enchanting Evening of Stories and Songs in the Round" with these amazing artists based here in San Diego.

NENA ANDERSON's voice is velvet, a rich contralto, smoothly able to change from a whisper in your ear to a howl soulful, sexy and intimate. Her phrasing and stage presence are reminiscent of jazz greats: bluesy, reserved, commanding you to watch and listen.

Currently Nena fronts her solo band as well as honky-tonk band, Brawley. In addition she is also a member of collaborative book/album/concert project, For The Sender, and occasionally tours with Johnny Cash Tribute, Cashd Out, as June Carter Cash. Performing nationally with various ensembles, her band projects have earned 13 San Diego Music Award nominations, in the categories of Best Jazz, Best Acoustic, Best Americana, Best Tribute and Best New Artist. Several of her recordings have been released internationally in Poland, Turkey, Russia, Greece, Germany, UK, Spain, Belgium, South Korea, and Asia.

Her first all-original album Beyond the Lights earned comparisons to early Lucinda Williams, Rickie Lee Jones and Bob Dylan with its accessible and deceptively uncomplicated lyrics and bluesy sound. From the moody, minor-keyed, driving swamp blues to rollicking 60's piano soul groove or catchy two-step country heartache of "I Fall In Love Too Fast," Nena proves she can write timeless songs for a modern audience.

Nena has shared stages as support or collaborated with Lucinda Williams, Gregg Allman, Raul Malo, Dave Alvin, Switchfoot, Dan Hicks, and Albert Lee.

CINDY LEE BERRYHILL, like Brenda Kahn, Paleface, Beck, Michelle Shocked and John S. Hall, was an early proponent of the New York City Anti-folk movement. She is featured in the documentary "Mariposa: Under a Stormy Sky" along with Emmylou Harris, The Violent Femmes, Daniel Lanois and others.

Her third album Garage Orchestra (Cargo/Earth) garnered a 4 star review in Rolling Stone. In 1995 her boyfriend and husband-to-be, rock writer Paul Williams (founder of Crawdaddy) suffered a brain injury.

In 1999, Berryhill's novel, Memoirs of A Female Messiah was released, along with a live album entitled Living Room 16. After the birth of Berryhill and Williams's son in 2001, she began a song cycle that included "Beloved Stranger", inspired by her experiences with her husband's brain injury and the awareness that many soldiers were coming home from war with similar injuries. In 2008 the album Beloved Stranger (Populuxe) was released.

In 2010, the iconic Van Dyke Parks wrote of CLB:

"A woman of Cindy Lee's capacity as a lyricist is unique, her insight and raw ability to articulate the human dilemma and articulate it in short order is peerless. She deserves a berth in any Hall of Fame, for the humanities she brings to the usual vanities of song-writing. Somehow I get the impression she knows her legacy will outlive her."

Berryhill currently lives in Encinitas, CA with her son, Alexander Berryhill-Williams. Before her husband died in 2013 from the early onset of dementia due to the brain injury sustained in a 1995 bicycle accident, he lived in a nearby nursing home. She is putting the finishing touches on her 7th album, which was completely funded by fans and friends on Kickstarter.

KIMM ROGERS grew up on Los Angeles' east side where she "fell in love with tacos ... kept looking for snow ... saw an ocean full of promise ... hopped trains to school with kids whose family members were in gang" and had a sister with cerebral palsy "who taught us about love."

In high school she got her first guitar, became enthralled by Joni Mitchell's Blue and the fifth Led Zeppelin album and "fell in love with words." With the help of her mother and Bob Dylan songbooks she mastered a few chords, started making up songs "and folks listened." On to Nashville, where she "got booed, got loved, got told 'go to la or new york.'"

Back in the City of Angels she met the band The Rave-Ups, fronted by the gifted Jimmer Podrasky, played on bills with the Williamses Lucinda and Victoria, had lightning strike with her song "Train to Nowhere" when Island signed her and then dropped her. Which sent her to, of all places, Idaho, "a good place to be after earthquakes and lost record deals and broken hearts," and on to college for five years.

Upon graduation more roaming ensued (a stint in AmeriCorps, teaching music to disabled artists, etc.), then back to California she went, where she was met by "family love," old friends and renewed vigor for her music. She was introduced to producer Julian Coryell and "it feels like I am home and in the presence of a genius, but most importantly we have the same hair. I think we might be kin." Where The Pavement Grows is the result of their hirsute union, "the record I have waited all my life to make."

Of Rogers' new album, David McGee in Deep Roots writes:

"Why Stereo Embers would rank her in the top tier of women in rock 'n' roll is evident in touches such as the chugging guitars in 'Twenty-Three,' the seemingly tongue-in-cheek synth-pop flourishes in 'Change,' the guitar-driven crunch of 'Eventually,' the synth underpinning and chiming guitar of 'Valentines Day' (the first few bars of which sound like a quote from The Cascades' Rhythm of the Rain). Why others would hear an affinity for country-rock can be explained by such phenomena as the country-inflected melody of 'As Good As It Gets,' which sounds, in the vocal's tenderness, in the sumptuousness of the harmonized chorus, in the lyrics' fatalism, like it could have been an early Judy Collins gem; the driving, southwestern flavor and slide howls of 'Star Filled Canopy'; and the thick-textured Dylan-like setting of 'Gravity.'"

This evening will be such an apt way to mark the First Year of The Grassroots Oasis, be sure you are part of it!

To see and hear more of each of these artists: 

The Grassroots Oasis
3130 Moore Street
San Diego, CA 92110
United States

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

March 16, Belly Up benefit for Candye Kane

 I'm producing a special edition of Brawley's BarRoom Ball this month to support our friend Candye Cane. Join us to raise funds and make joyous music to help her through her continued battle with cancer.  Advanced tickets here:

As of March 4 via Laura Chavez:
"Candye Update: The procedure took place on Wednesday and the doctors were successful in provoking and locating the bleed. Unfortunately, once it started it was very difficult to control and she suffered tremendous blood loss throughout the procedure and over the night. Things have stabilized more now and she is resting comfortably in the ICU. We knew this was a risk of the procedure but I don't think anyone expected the level of blood loss that occurred. As always, she proves she is the Toughest Girl Alive and the medical team here at Cedars worked and worked along with her and never gave up. They cannot stop commenting on just how strong and tough she is. But she still needs all of our prayers and energy and light in hopes she continues to stabilize and they are able ween her off of sedation and the breathing tube and most of all, that the bleeding stops for good.
 Please continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers and continue to send white light and continue to visualize her back onstage, in all of her beads and feathers, where she belongs and belting out "I'm The Toughest Girl Alive" for all of us.
You can also help by donating directly to Paypal, at or donating blood at your local blood bank.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Show: Feb 19 w/Sam Outlaw

Join me & my band TONIGHT 
Friday February 19 
at Soda Bar, San Diego CA

We'll be playing the early set at 9pm sharp.
Followed by Whitney Rose & Sam Outlaw.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Show: 1/29 Oceanside CA

Join me Friday January 29 for a show at Pour House in Oceanside CA.  
We're looking forward to rocking the place with a few new songs, 
as well as bringing to you special guests, Fireships, (from NYC) to open the show.