Andy McKee is considered
one of the world's finest acoustic guitar soloists. His dedicated online community
has raised his YouTube
video views in excess of 78 million plays and at one point he held the #1, #2 and
#3 positions for Top-Rated Videos of All Time on
YouTube. McKee’s online media success has impacted both album and ticket
sales allowing him to tour internationally with over 200 live shows a year.
Hailing from Topeka Kansas, the self-taught McKee, first garnered international
attention as one of the top finalists at the prestigious National Finger Style Guitar
Championships in Windfield, Kansas. Since 2001, McKee has released five albums independently
selling upwards of 40,000. Andy also had the honor of playing guitar on Josh Groban's
Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum Christmas album,
McKee’s live shows are a true testament to his art of stringsmanship and engaging
repartee. He manages to capture both the every day music fan and guitar aficionados
with his expertise and down to earth wit and humor. Whether it be explaining how
his harp guitar tunes or why his frets are backward, Andy maintains his love for
both fan and guitar player.
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McKee’s unique skill allows him to transform the guitar from a simple stringed instrument
to a dynamic calliope of sound. Andy’s deft talents give his music life through
altered tunings, syncopated rhythm guitar taps, and his textural use of polyphonic
tones and drones. All of these are played on both standard sized acoustic guitars
and a hand-built 12 string harp-guitar. His highly-developed two handed technique
is reminiscent of some of Andy’s cherished guitar mentors and heroes: Preston Reed,
Don Ross, Billy McLaughlin, and Michael Hedges. He honors the path blazed by these
pioneers with his unique multi-layering approach as he alone plucks, strums, taps
the strings and body to provide the illusion of a full band accompaniment.
Andy McKee signed to Razor & Tie Entertainment in 2009 and released the EP,
COMMON GROUND in August of 2009.
The brand new full-length album, JOYLAND, is available now.
ANDY MCKEE ON TOUR
ANDY MCKEE ONLINE
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