"He has melodies, and he has lyrics, and he shapes his musical clay into images that few writers today are capable of."
- John Apice, NO DEPRESSION
Andy Sydow press kit
Americana/rock/folk singer-songwriter Andy Sydow is a jack-of-all-trades. Throughout the course of a show he's known to croon an audience with acoustic guitar ballads, play a shredding slide guitar solo, and even sit down at the keys to show off his surprising boogie-woogie piano chops. He draws comparisons to voices like Paul Simon and Jackson Browne, mixed with a roots rock vibe reminiscent of Tom Petty or Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.
In July of 2021, Sydow recorded a full length album with Anders Osborne at Dockside Studios in Maurice, LA. Osborne produced as well as played guitar and sang backing vocals. Mike Dillion provided the percussion, and Casandra Faulconer completed the quartet on bass. The album does not yet have a release date.
Sydow also dipped his toes back into life on the road in 2021, embarking on a solo tour around the Midwest. The “Dirty 30 Baseball Tour” took place between mid-August and mid-September and featured 17 shows and 6 baseball games across 7 states, along with a new EP (“Time Stands Between”), and Andy’s 30th birthday.
In years past, he's had the opportunity to open for acts such as Chuck Prophet, Brett Dennen, Samantha Fish, Shane Smith & The Saints, Dick Dale, Koe Wetzel, Chase Rice, Tab Benoit, Delbert McClinton, and Anders Osborne. He was also named a finalist in the 2021 International Songwriting Competition, the 2021 Kerrville Grassy Hill New Folk Songwriting Competition, the Fall 2020 Durango Songwriters Expo Song Competition, and the 2021 Acorn Songwriters Competition.
Sydow has toured internationally and received accolades from LA Music Critic and No Depression. On top of that, 2021 saw the release of nearly a dozen tracks Sydow produced for other artists, including Lauren Frihauf and Payge Turner (The Voice, Season 19).
When he's not touring, writing, or recording, Sydow spends time talking to other creatives and music industry professionals on his podcast, Middle Class Rock Star. The hour"ish" long weekly program comes out every Thursday on all streaming platforms, as well as 30 FM stations around Colorado (via Chris K's Colorado Playlist). MCRS has played host to the likes of: Andy Frasco, Dango Rose (Elephant Revival), Jeremy Lawton (Big Head Todd & The Monsters), Todd Smallie (Derek Trucks, JJ Grey & Mofro), Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson), Leftover Salmon, and Phil Cook.