Andy Ferrell

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“A plain-spoken poet weaving his hypnotic spell.”- Acoustic Guitar Magazine

“Ferrell, who plays acoustic guitar and harmonica, sings original tunes that sound as timeless as those of Jimmie Rodgers, Woody Guthrie, and Hank Williams..”– No Depression

Andy Ferrell grew up in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the birthplace of Appalachian traditional music and the home of the great Doc Watson. Growing up in Watson’s shadow, and with a folk guitarist for a father, Appalachian roots play a large role in Ferrell’s music. What’s surprising about his new album is how far he has reached beyond these roots. He blends old-time roots and folk songwriting with a more polished country sound that verges at times on Paul Simon-esque balladry. Sweet pedal steel rings through his sound, mixed in with rich vocal harmonies and songs that look to the hard truths of a working man’s life as much as to the vagaries of love.

There’s a sense of travel in Ferrell’s new album, not least for it having been made between two states. He’s the kind of artist that needs to be in a constant state of motion. Time spent travelling cross-country and to Mexico have been productive moments for him, birthing some of his best songs. At Home and in Nashville tells the stories of lovers lost, places left behind, and brighter futures ahead. Ultimately, it’s the story of a young man coming into his own as a songwriter on the road of life.