At age 26, Andy Sydow has already put out four albums since 2013, Reason for Departure being his newest. BandWagon Magazine hasn’t heard much of his stuff, but his new album, a relaxing rock album rife with blues touches – possibly thanks to album producer and guitarist Chris Daniels of Chris Daniels & The Kings – is not a bad introduction to the Denver-based singer-songwriter.Continue reading
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Album Review: Andy Sydow – Wicked Dreams
‘Wicked Dreams’ – the title track of Andy Sydow’s most recent EP, is an alt-country story about nation-wide travel and going through the motions, while deep down the storyteller longs for true purpose. Reminiscent in style of early Wilco and Ryan Adams, it’s highlighted with a slide guitar solo that might appear in one of Derek Trucks’ dreams. After rambling through several states, the protagonist lands in Colorado which he “calls home,” full of “beauty, adventure, and a different kind of tone.”Continue reading
Single Review: Andy Sydow – “Piece Of The Valley”
Andy Sydow enters 2021 with “Piece of the Valley,” a raucous and bombastic single that pulls no punches. Leaving the mark of someone with a clear ear for what they want, Sydow shoots for the fences as one of Colorado’s most notable working songwriters.Continue reading
March 2018 – Alex Cameron & Roy Molloy
In This Issue: Alex Cameron & Roy Molloy | Antibalas | Slow Caves | Giants & Pilgrims | Tyja3 | Andy Sydow | Colorado Sound Top PicksContinue reading
June 2020 – The Fate of Festival Future
Millions Of Views, Millions Of Notes: Andy McKee On Finding Your Own Thing
Andy McKee’s technical brilliance, so unique that many had never seen it before, went viral in 2005 (which, back then was just called popular) earning him millions of views in just a few weeks. It wasn’t long before people wanted him to play – in person – around the world. Catch McKee at The Moxi Friday, March 8.Continue reading
Bryce Merritt: Connecting Through Chroma
Bryce Merritt’s latest release, Chroma: I, effortlessly blends pop with elements of funk and R&B. He pulls his influences from artists ranging from Stevie Wonder to John Mayer, but it was actually country music that first got him into writing songs. “I grew up in Oklahoma and just based on what my parents listened to, growing up, the only thing that I knew existed, musically, was country music. They controlled the [radio] dial in the car,” recalls Merritt. He knew he always wanted to sing, so naturally he got his start writing country songs. “But then I got my car whenever I started driving in high school and I had control over the radio and I started discovering so much more music. The first thing I really got into was Motown,” he says, realizing that was the music that he wanted to make.Continue reading
UPLIFT: FoCo – New Generation on the Rise
“My thinking was, ‘Yeah, get me off this bus,’” Andy Whilden said. He decided to leave touring as a musician for a job at The Matthews House, a place for underserved youth.
Starting the Uplift: FoCo festival two years ago gave Whilden more personal satisfaction than he expected. The benefit festival will feature acts that are acoustically driven. “They can play any genre,” Whilden said of the house band, though the 2021 installment will also deliver something different, and, well, a little less tenured.Continue reading
Rapper’s Delight: Andy Seth Breaks The Struggle Through The Wisdom Within Hip Hop
Not everyone has to meditate for an hour and a half every day like author/rapper Andy Seth does, but he wants everyone to achieve their goals, as they resolve to do in the New Year. He chose the parable of a rapper to communicate his philosophies in his book and album Bling.
“Hip-hop is a big part of my life. I wanted to provide a book that’s accessible, along with music that is a part of our culture, to make [life] lessons stick,” Seth says. With reflection and flow, he believes success and balance – not only the struggle – is real.Continue reading
The Stubby Shillelaghs: Growth, Depth and The Great War
On the new Stubby Shillelaghs EP, The Great War, the band covers classic tunes that detail the horrors of war, with a special focus on World War I. Knaub got the idea for the record from a popular podcast, Hardcore History, by Dan Carlin, a show that details “the extremes of human existence,” Knaub said. The band will play at the Moxi Theater on Saturday, December 15 performing The Great War in its entirety, but you shouldn’t expect to see the Stubbies play many gigs in Greeley any longer.Continue reading
Breaking the Cycle – UPLIFT: FOCO Plucks For a Good Cause
Andy Whilden knew exactly who to turn to when he was putting together a house band for his first music festival: bluegrass players.
Uplift: FoCo is a fundraiser for the The Matthews House, an organization based in Old Town Fort Collins that works to break the cycle of poverty by empowering families and young people.
The event is December 21 at The Aggie Theater in Fort Collins featuring a house band of the region’s finest bluegrass musicians backing a slew of top folk and Americana singer/songwriters.Continue reading
March 2019 – The Unlikely Candidates
In This Issue: Andy Mckee | Jeremy Grant | One Night of Queen | Triton | Slow Caves | Trash CatContinue reading
January 2020 – Theo Katzman
IN THIS ISSUE: Hodi’s Half Note | Andy Seth | Blast N’ Scrap | Brian Claxton | Mike Shamrock | Tyler T | Meat and Potatoes | 105.5 The Colorado Sound’s My 5Continue reading