Andy Sydow is cross- wiring Americana Rock with blues influences in a creation all is own to create Rockana. The twenty-eight year old songwriter is a native from Colorado who has always been influenced by artists such as Tom Petty, Anders Osborne, and Jackie Green.
Sydow began his music career at the University of Colorado at Denver, where he majored in jazz piano performance. While in school, he released his first full length album of original music and honed his skills performing regularly around town. Moe's BBQ in Englewood and the Toad Tavern in Littleton were staples for Andy and his band. After graduating in 2013, Sydow took a job as a dueling piano player at Howl At The Moon in Denver. However, that stint was short lived after realizing that he wanted to focus solely on original music. Sydow instead took to performing his music wherever he could get a gig, and teaching guitar and piano lessons during the day.
He has become widely respected in the local Colorado scene for his richly detailed songwriting, blistering slide guitar playing and surprising boogie-woogie piano chops. He has opened for luminaries Tab Benoit, Delbert McClinton, Dick Dale, Anders Osborne, Samantha Fish, Dave and Tommy Malone, Chris Duarte, Tinsley Ellis, Bob Margolin, and Johnny Hickman (of Cracker). He has also toured nationally with his band and played at festivals including Jazz Aspen Snowmass and Snowy Range Music Festival. He has been nominated several times for Colorado Blues Society Members Choice Awards for his songwriting and piano playing.
Since 2014, Sydow has had several residencies around Colorado (3 Freaks Brewery in Highlands Ranch, The Summit Steakhouse in Aurora, The Lariat in Buena Vista, Boathouse Cantina in Salida) and has toured the U.S. and Canada with his band, the Andy Sydow Band. Constant touring and writing led him to two more releases, Trailhead (2015) and A Little Messed Up (2016) which both received high praise from local press. Sydow's fourth release, Reasons For Departure (produced by Grammy nominated Colorado Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Chris Daniels) came out in May of 2018 and has received critical acclaim. The album garnered positive reviews from several press outlets including No Depression and Pens Eye View. It was also nominated for an LA Music Critic Award and two Colorado Playlist Best of 2018 Awards.
Andy and his band put on a blistering live show that gears towards rock and roll with a mix of Americana and blues. While Sydow spends at least half of the evening on guitar, he'll unexpectedly jump over to the piano to show off his significant boogie-woogie piano chops.
Sydow is performing both solo and with his band more than ever.