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  Westside Andy Bio  

Born in 1952, Andy caught the music bug young, and picked up his first harmonica at age 11 in Madison, WI, which he still calls home. Listening late at night on KAAY AM Radio in Little Rock, AR, he got turned on early to Muddy Waters, Little Walter, James Cotton, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin' Wolf, and Big Walter Horton, to name a few. And at that time, there were so many great, iconic players to learn from in the nearby Chicago area. Junior Wells, Charlie Musselwhite, Jim Liban, Corky Siegel, Paul Butterfield. Lots of information and inspiration for a young, hungry player.

He's played over 10,000 gigs over some 45 years, working with a Who’s Who of the Blues: Luther Allison, Ben E. King, James Cotton, Pinetop Perkins, Barrelhouse Chuck, Hubert Sumlin, Tab Benoit, Gary Primich, Mel Ford, Billy Flynn, Glenn Davis, Paul Black & the Flipkings, Reverend Raven, Jon Nicholson, Corky Siegel, Jim Schwall, Ben Sidran, Tino Gonzales, Clyde Stubblefield, The Doobie Brothers, Richie Havens, and The University of Wisconsin 250-piece band (!).

The Blues is the center, yet Andy plays the harmonica with no genre limitation. His drive to push the envelope has led to many sessions in R&B, Jazz, and Country. He also makes sure to take time to share his love and appreciation for his craft, by playing for and teaching school kids, via "K-12 Blues in the Schools".

Listening to Andy's live and recorded work, you get a sense of the many harpists that have inspired him. Blend that with his own unique tone and style, and you know instantly who you're listening to. It's that "player's player", Westside Andy.     by Bob Harris 2014

 
 
 
 
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Discography  
 
Alley Cat (Westside Andy / Mel Ford Band, False Dog Records, 2007)
Side By Side (Glenn Davis & Westside Andy, Moonfish Records, 2006)
A Lil Sump'm Sump'm, (Jon Nicholson, Warner Brothers, 2005)
Handyman (Westside Andy / Mel Ford Band, False Dog Records, 2002)
Live On the Westside (Westside Andy / Mel Ford Band, False Dog Records, 1999)
Bon Apetit’ (with Glenn Davis, Moonfish Records, 1998)
Circumstance (with Chris Aaron, Tubetone Records, 1996)
Born with the Blues (with The Chris Aaron Band, Rock Garden Records, 1996)
King Dollar (with Paul Black and the Flip Kings, House of Blues, 1996)
Face to Face with the Blues (with Howard “Guitar” Luedtke and Blue Max, False Dog, 1996)
Two Happy Cowboys From Wisconsin (Waubesa Ranch Records, 1993)
Dixie Highway (with Robert J., Big World, 1992)
Don’t Make Me Get Up (Paul Black and the Flip Kings, Bone Boy, 1991)
United Mine Workers (with Honor Among Thieves, Exudel, 1990)
Heat It Up (w/ Shakedown, All Meat, 1990)
Latin with the Blues (w/ Tino Gonzales, Blues Street, 1989)  
 
 
 
 
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Past Gigs  
 
Bayfront Blues Festival, Duluth, MN
Marquette Area Blues Fest, Marquette, MI
Dane County Coliseum, Madison, WI
Slippery Noodle, Indianapolis, IN
Chord On Blues, St. Charles, IL
Breezes Runaway Bay Resort, Jamaica
On the Waterfront, Rockford, IL
Camp Randall Stadium, U.W. Halftime Show, Madison, WI
Tampa Performing Arts Center w/ Ben E. King, Tampa, FL
Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, FL
Tobacco Road, Miami, FL
Cheers Bar & Grill, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Prairie Dog Blues Fest, Prairie du Chien, WI
Dodgeville Blues Fest, Dodgeville, WI
Berghoff and Blues, Monroe, WI
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
Davenport, IA
The Kohl Center, Madison, WI
Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI
Kentuckiana Blues Fest, Louisville, KY
Sloppy Joe’s, Key West, FL
The Lone Star Cafe, New York City, NY
Alberts Hall, Toronto, OT
B.B. King’s, Memphis, TN
House of Blues, Hollywood, CA
House of Blues, Chicago, IL
Grand Emporium, Kansas City, MO
Riverfest Blues Fest, Ft. Smith, AK
The Barrymore Theater, Madison, WI
The Chicago Blues Festival, Chicago, IL
Antone’s, Austin, TX
Buddy Guy’s Legends, Chicago, IL
Kingston Mines, Chicago, IL  
 
 
 
 
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Shared the Stage With  
 
Gary Primich
Chief Eddie Clearwater
Rusty Zinn
Jon Nicholson
James Cotton
James Otto
Big & Rich
Corky Siegel
Jim Schwall
Ben Sidran
Luther Allison
Bernard Allison
Guitar Shorty
Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee
Charlie Musselwhite
The Doobie Brothers
Richie Havens
Muddy Waters
Jimmy Johnson
Hubert Sumlin
Ben E. King
Tab Benoit
Pinetop Perkins
Lonnie Brooks
Joe Bonamaso
James Solberg
Jerry Portnoy
Gene Taylor
Greg "Fingers" Taylor
Johnny Sansone
James Thackery
George Porter
John Sebastian
Dave Hole
Dave Specter
Kirk Fletcher
Ken Saydak
Piano Willie
Billy Flynn
Jim Liban
Tino Gonzales
Big Time Sarah
The University of Wisconsin Band
Paul Black and the Flip Kings
Sunnyland Slim
Clyde Stubblefield