Jake Andrews (born April 16, 1980) is an American blues-rock guitarist, singer and song-writer from Austin, Texas. Andrews began playing guitar at age 5, taught by his father, John Andrews of the 60s Roots Band Mother Earth with noted singer Tracy Nelson. At an early age, he began attending shows at the legendary blues venue, Antone's, to see blues legends like BB King and Albert Collins perform. At age 8, Andrews first went onstage to play guitar with Albert King. Impressed with the young guitarist, King invited him to play with him for his entire second set. The next day the Austin Chronicle reported that King and Andrews "brought the house down with fine blues playing." That moment sparked Andrews' young career, and he continued to hone his skills in the clubs of Austin, Texas regularly performing with local musicians such as Jimmie Vaughan and soaking up the sounds of the music-filled city. First known as a child guitar prodigy, Andrews has evolved into a skillful guitarist, singer and song-writer.
Andrews has performed with music giants such as BB King, Buddy Guy, and Albert King. He has also performed at major festivals such as the San Francisco Blues Festival and Madison Blues Festival with Ray Charles. He has been featured on CBS, Austin City Limits, Texas Monthly, Guitar Player, and Vintage Guitar among numerous other publications. He has toured the US and Europe extensively.
At the age of 17, Andrews was signed to Jericho Records, a subsidiary of Warner Brothers. Working with renowned music producer, John Porter at the Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles, in 1999, Jake released his much anticipated debut album 'Time to Burn'. Billboard magazine stated, "Time to Burn's mix of guitar pyrotechnics, fiery vocals and powerful new songs confirms that Jake Andrews is already blazing new paths with the torch he's been passed." The first title single scored a Top Ten Rock Radio hit, and Andrews earned the award of "Breakout Rock Group" in 1999 by R&R (Radio and Records). The record was supported with a major US tour with artists including the Allman Brothers, The Doobie Brothers, Susan Tedeschi, and George Thorogood.
In 2002 Andrews released a second self-titled album produced by Carla Olson (Phil Upchurch, Joe Louis Walker, Otis Rush, Barry Goldberg, Mick Taylor). The album was recorded at Willie Nelson's Perdernales Studios outside of Austin, TX.
Andrews is featured on the solo album by Paul Jones released March 10, 2009. Paul Jones is known to many as the singer of the British Invasion band Manfred Mann — the voice on mid-‘60s hits like “Do Wah Diddy,” “Pretty Flamingo,” “Come Tomorrow” and “Sha La La.” The new CD is his first solo album in decades. It was released on Collectors’ Choice Music. Backing Jones on the project are musicians: Eric Clapton plays guitar on two tracks (“Choose or Cop Out” and “Starting All Over Again”) and is joined by Jake Andrews, guitar; Tony Marsico (Plugz, Cruzados, Neil Young, John Doe, Peter Case), bass; Alvino Bennett (LTD, Stevie Wonder, Bryan Ferry, Dave Mason), drums; Mike Thompson (Eagles, Don Henley), piano and Hammond B3 organ; Ernie Watts (Rolling Stones, Thelonious Monk, Steely Dan), saxophone; Darrell Leonard (Duane Allman, Freddie King, Smokey Robinson), trumpet; Tom Junior Moran (Percy Sledge, Mick Taylor, Phil Seymour), saxophone; Mikael Rickfors (The Hollies), backing vocals; and several others.
In 2006, Andrews joined Guitar Shorty on his Alligator Release "We the People" accompanying the legendary bluesman, and former brother-in-law to Jimi Hendrix, on the album. The album won "Album of the Year" at the WC Handy awards in May 2007. Andrews hit the road with Guitar Shorty in the summer and fall of 2006 for a full US and European tour.
In 2007, Andrews released his third album "Feelin' Good Again". The album was recorded in Austin, TX, and it was produced by Jake and long-time bassist Mike Sconce. Andrews wrote all of the songs and is featured as guitarist and vocalist. He enlisted drummer Alvino Bennett (Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Sheena Easton, Dave Mason) and Michael Ramos (John Mellencamp, Los Lonley Boys) on keys.
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