An acclaimed frontman and lead guitarist whose multi-instrumentalist skills have landed him onstage with Elizabeth Cook, Rodney Crowell, Drew Holcomb, and others, Andrew Leahey saves his best work for his own material. Singles like 2018's "Start the Dance" — released by his band, Andrew Leahey & the Homestead, and hailed by Rolling Stone as "a fist-pumping slice of heartland rock" — are rooted in the guitar heroics and sweeping melodies of icons like Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen. The song follows his full-length LP, Skyline in Central Time, which was written during Leahey's long recovery from a life-saving brain operation, produced by Wilco co-founder Ken Coomer, and released by the celebrated roots-rock label Thirty Tigers. Hitting stores in late 2016, the album found critical and commercial success with the Top 50 Americana radio single "Little in Love."
Airwaves is Leahey's upcoming record, written during a busy period that found the road warrior playing as many as 175 shows a year for several years running. Produced by multi-platinum studio guru Paul Ebersold, the album features a number of Nashville-area guests, including Steelism's rhythm section and Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit's Sadler Vaden. Leahey remains in the driver's seat, however, steering his way through a tracklist whose songs tell the story of a young adulthood spent on the run. It's the kind of American rock & roll record we all need to hear in a post-Tom Petty world — real, relevant, and redemptive.
"Smart roots-rock that celebrates paying the dues of a working-class musician. For fans of Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Ryan Adams."
- Rolling Stone
"Combines American guitar moves with nods to British Invasion pop."
- Nashville Scene
"Sonic allusions to Memphis rock legends Big Star and Leahey's all-time favorite, Tom Petty."
"Meat-and-potatoes rock and roll."
- WXPN Philadelphia, 88.5 FM