Andy Ard
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Andy Ard

Denver, Colorado, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2001 | SELF

Denver, Colorado, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2001
Solo Americana Singer/Songwriter


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"Finalist - Durango Songwriting Contest"

COUNTRY CATEGORY FIRST PLACE - Lee Johnson from Boulder, CO for "High Heels"!

POP CATEGORY FIRST PLACE - Hilary Hawn from Los Angeles, CA for "Dance the Dance"!


As always, this was a very tough competition with a lot of great songs. Below are the runner-up songs and writers for both categories. Truly, when it gets right down to the wire, there is little difference between these songs...any could win...yet our judges are put in the unenviable position of picking ONE WINNER in each category.


Mike Collins for "Arizona Rain"
Max McGee for "Here for the Beer"
Stephen Styles for "From Here to Her"
Diana Rose for "Tired of Gettin' Rained On"


Alisse Garn for "Piece by Piece"
Michael Jade for "What Was I Thinking?"
Athena Marie for "Zero to Crazy"
TIE for 4th:
Andy Ard for "Wonderful" and
Rob Grad for "Take Your Time"


"Backwash - Laura Bond"

In my debut column, I announced somewhat snottily that I was awaiting the moment when Denver's music would first impress me. I experienced that moment long ago. ... Were I president of a media company with a limitless budget, there'd be a private jet, a just and generous recording contract and an eternally stocked catering tray for ... Andy Ard and the Meantime... -

"Denver Music - Laura Bond"

"...back-to-basics rock and roll with a poet's lyrical touch of the sort captured recently by Billy Bragg and Wilco on the Mermaid Avenue collections." -

"Westword - Michael Roberts"

At the decade's dawn, transplanted Georgians Andy Ard and Rachel Simring established themselves in these parts as an acoustic duo cleverly dubbed Rachel & Andy – but while the subhead of a 2001 Westword profile declared that they lived "in perfect harmony," the truth was more complicated, as it usually is. Now, eight years after the pair split personally and professionally, singer-songwriter Ard, assisted by producer Eric Shiveley, returns astride a modest five-song EP that serves as a reminder of his talents. "Camp Ootahneenohchee" is a too-frantic goof that feels strained, but "That's What She Did to Me" and "Baby Don't Care" touch on rockabilly without succumbing to shtickiness, and "Wonderful" and "This May Be" gently evoke romantic possibility. They represent a fresh start, and a welcome one. -


  • Like That (EP) - 2018
  • Caught (single) - 2018
  • How Easy It Is (album) - 2012
  • What She Did (EP) - 2009
  • What Was That EP - 2008
Full discography available at home site


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Andy Ard cut his musical teeth in the night clubs of Athens, GA in the 90s, playing tons of classic rock in smokey bars, and that helped him learn to write songs that people enjoy. He moved to Denver in 2000 and earned a Westword Award nomination in 2001 for Singer/Songwriter of the year, and has performed at Red Rocks, The Gothic, The Soiled Dove, Swallow Hill, Durango Songwriter's Expo, The People's Fair, and Taste of Colorado. In addition to his songwriting pursuits, he has composed string and piano music for the White House Historical Association's online tours. His recent EP entitled "Like That" is a collaboration with producer John McVey and eTown's Nick Forster, and features the track "Here Comes Another Good Time" that is now represented by Crucial Music.