One of the most talked about Country singles of the summer is ironically not from a band out of the USA but from of all places Sweden! Miss Anderson is a Swedish rock band with influences that range from 70s and 80s rock, American west coast rock and contemporary American country music. The music is inspired by artists such as Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, the Eagles, Journey and Bon Jovi, and is described as “a rock sound spiced with country, storytelling and with straight and honest lyrics.”
The band Miss Anderson consists (despite the name) only of men: Peter Rundh and Magnus Bäcklund, and five other musicians. Peter Rundh is a guitarist, founder of Miss Anderson and the songwriter for the majority of the songs on Miss Anderson’s album that will be released in the fall of 2012. Magnus Bäcklund, who among other things has won "The Melody Festival" and as Sweden's representative came in 5th place in the Eurovision Song Contest, is Miss Anderson’s lead singer. Other musicians in the band bring solid experience to Miss Anderson through their backgrounds touring in several well-established bands in Scandinavia, Europe and the US, and their involvement in a large number of album releases.
The story of Miss Anderson has its roots in the 19th and 20th century Swedish emigration to America. Several of Peter’s relatives emigrated during this period, and his interest in the emigration has resulted in his creation of stories and music centered around a strong fictional woman he calls Miss Anderson. These stories are based on both actual and fictional accounts, and are expressed in the music and lyrics about Miss Anderson and her descendants' reflections on life from past eras up to the present time.
Peter and Magnus originally crossed paths through common interests. Magnus liked the unique music of Miss Anderson, and Peter knew that Magnus, with his strong, rocking voice, would bring the right character to his songs with both emotion and authenticity. Miss Anderson's music effects a genuine 'Americana' sound - something no other band from Sweden has gained recognition for.
The songs on the album that will be released this fall feature both songs about the character Miss Anderson’s life and times, and other songs about life in general.
The new band Miss Anderson launched its highly anticipated digital debut single, "Love For You All" in USA last month. The single will be followed by two more digital singles later this summer. In the fall the Miss Anderson album will be released as both a digital and a physical CD.