Session Date: 10/15/2017
Session Location: Watson Lake - Bellvue, CO
1. Can't Escape Me (0:06)
2. River Cried Me (2:57)
3. Hell I Raise (5:27)
4. Little Red Balloon (9:30)
Meet Andy Steiner! Andy hails from the troll capital of the world, Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. He relocated to Fort Collins in 2008 where he has been ever since. Andy first began exploring music in middle school band where he played saxophone and trombone, though he says the exploration of music he really wanted to play started in 2004 when his sister Megan bought him an acoustic guitar for Christmas. He disappeared into my bedroom for about 3 years after that.
When asked what his relationship with songwriting is, Andy replied "I'm drawn to songwriting because it's a way to communicate things that speaking, writing, or emoji'ing can't always accomplish. There's nothing that compares to the sensation of hearing a song that grabs you by the soul and raises goosebumps. I also think that songwriting fits with how my brain is wired. It's easy for me to forget facts and dates and names, but memorizing songs comes naturally, so it's a way of playing to my strengths."
Andy draws influence from the likes of Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, Kris Kristofferson, Rhiannon Giddens, Billie Holiday, Billie Joe Shaver, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Jimi Hendrix (just to name a few!). Andy recently recorded a solo album at Blanket Fort Studio with the help of Matthew Wilburn Skinner and Mark Austin, AKA Rooster (featured in this session). Look for the release sometime in 2018. In addition to a few local performances on the horizon, Andy will be performing live on the beloved 88.9 KRFC on 1/22/18 for the "Locally Grown" show. Be sure to head over to his Facebook page for details on performances!
When he's not writing songs, Andy works as a carpenter. Woodworking is one of his main passions outside of music. He is the co-owner of. business called BeeHappy Homes. The company sells solitary bee homes made out of up-cycled scrap materials. He also likes cooking, gardening, cross country skiing, backpacking, biking, snowshoeing, and swimming in the river.
(Not so) fun fact: Andy fractured his elbow the day after we shot this session. He says "Even though it was painful, the timing couldn't have been better!"