Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Andy Poxon Plays the Blues at the Silver Spring Blues Festival

The Andy Poxon Band is a high-energy trio that plays a variety of originals and bluesy covers. The band brings fresh ideas to songs by blues legends such as B.B. King, Freddie King, Muddy Waters, Albert King, and Albert Collins, resulting in new, original covers.

[See the Andy Poxon Band at the Silver Spring Blues Festival in Downtown Silver Spring, Saturday, May 22, 2010 www.silverspringblues.com]

Fifteen-year-old guitarist and singer/songwriter Andy Poxon combines youthful enthusiasm and energy with a maturity and intensity of emotion beyond his years. Backed by the solid, steady presence of Russ Wasson on bass and Mike O'Donnell on drums, this trio is developing a real following and is not to be missed!

Andy started playing guitar when he was 9 1/2 years old after he got an electric guitar from his parents for Christmas. Initially, he was in to metal and hard rock, but when his parents took him to hear B.B. King and Joe Bonamassa in 2007, he fell in love with the blues.

Around the same time, he realized that he loved to sing as much as play guitar, and quickly began learning to play and sing as many blues songs as he could. In early 2008, at the prompting of his teacher at the time, Tony Fazio, he played in his first blues jam at the Old Bowie Town Grille, and soon after was playing at other jams in Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia. It was at these jams that he discovered the great joy of playing with other musicians.

The Old Bowie Town Grille played a huge part in helping Andy gig regularly, and gave him his first paid gigs. In July 2008 he started opening for a few local bands, and in August joined his first group, Hot Rods and Old Gas, along with saxophonist Scott Ramminger and members of The Idle Americans. He continues to perform regularly around the DC area; for upcoming performances check his Calendar.

Check out the Andy Poxon Band on http://www.andypoxon.com/fr_home.cfm

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