// Current home: Asheville, NC
// Genres: Americana, Alt-Country
// Years Active: 2012- Present
// Website: andyferrellmusic.com
The new album from North Carolina roots songwriter Andy Ferrell, At Home and In Nashville, is aptly named, for it points to a long lineage of artists traveling between their homes in rural Appalachia and the neon lights of country music’s capitol, Nashville, Tennessee. Born in Boone, NC, 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. On this album he focuses on country songwriting with a bittersweet edge, much like his heroes Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt. Recording the album between Nashville and Boone, 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.
"Back to Carolina"
"Last Dime Blues"
"Nobody to Answer To/ Another New Year's Eve"
"Time Crawls By"
"A plain-spoken poet weaving his hypnotic spell."- Acoustic Guitar Magazine (click for full story)
"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 (click for full story)
"Ferrell breathes roots music–it translates to his guitar playing, vocals, and songwriting in such a way that his future music already feels timeless."- Elmore Magazine (click for full story)
"Andy and the little band touched many moods and feelings in five songs, foretelling a really promising career in the acoustic mainstream of Americana."- Music City Roots (click for full story)
"His vocal style has warmth and a nice open unselfconscious feel that draws the listener into the worlds that his incredibly powerful poetic lyricism creates."- Americana Roots UK (click for full story)
"At Home and in Nashville" #40 Americana album of 2016- Americana Music Show (click for story)
"At Home and in Nashville" #52 Country Album of 2016- Southern Rock Brazil (click for full story)
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