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Andy Hackbarth

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Some people call it eclectic, but Andy Hackbarth says he simply has a case of “Musical ADD”. The son of Colorado llama ranchers, the award-winning Nashville songwriter and classical/flamenco guitarist spent his free time as a kid feeding an endless appetite for any and all types of music.

“During the summers I would take a winding, 50-minute bus ride up the Roaring Fork Valley to the Rubey Park station in downtown Aspen, CO. I don’t remember how old I was, but I do remember my guitar case should have been carrying me, and not the other way around. My parents paid for me to take bluegrass lessons at the Great Divide Music Store, and I had won a scholarship to attend the Aspen Music School, so between that and little league, I was a pretty busy kid.”

Andy made his symphonic debut at age 15, went on to study classical guitar in college and has won several major competitions, including both the prestigious National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Competition (NFAA) and the state and regional Music Teacher’s National Associate Competition (MTNA).

But as his classical career was taking shape, his love of songwriting was taking over. After touring for a year with his Boulder, CO-based folk/pop group, Acoustic Radio, Andy decided it was time to make the move to Music City.

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