Andy Grant Band
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Andy Grant Band

Dorchester, England, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2018 | SELF

Dorchester, England, United Kingdom | SELF
Established on Jan, 2018
Band Blues Roots




"Live Review"

Crammed under the stairs on a hot and sticky (almost) midsummer night in June, guitarist and singer/songwriter Andy Grant took the stage at the ever-popular Bridport venue No.10 this week for what promised to be another storming set of tuneage. Arriving early, I was lucky enough to get a front-stage seat enabling me to get a bird's eye view of seeing and hearing one of Dorset's most promising live acts.

I was not disappointed. Having not seen Andy play for a while, I was looking forward to hearing how the new Hole In The Sky tracks were going down with audiences who have high expectations of this accomplished and ballsy performer. From the word go Andy had them by the short and curlies. Opening with 'Prioritise'(arguably the catchiest tune you are likely to hear this summer), Andy set the bar high by launching into this sure-fire hit single - the chunky monkey musical equivalent of a Ben and Jerry's special.

An explosive first set featured several of the songs I was hoping to hear.

From the melancholy title track through to the gut wrenching growl of 'Bessie', Andy is a performer who knows just how to push his crowd's buttons. Sensitive to their needs, he made sure that a couple of great covers were thrown in for good measure to even up the stakes. From the Paul Simon classic '50 Ways' through to the more romantic Isley Brothers 'Love the One You're With', Andy delivers each tune with roaring, heartfelt expression. A couple of newer tunes were also given an opportunity to walk the line - 'Miss Particular' and 'Be There' show that Andy has by no means left his song writing barrel empty.

"Hole in the Sky review"

Like a highly-tuned pop ninja, Dorchester’s Andy Grant uses the smallest of means to exert the biggest of forces. ‘Hole In The Sky’ offers up eleven tunes of pared-down blues and folk, but the songwriting and six-string dexterity is anything but basic.

There’s deep delta magic aplenty with the bottleneck acrobatics of tracks like “Bessie”, “Indifference” and the rootsy Jeff Buckleyesque “Come On Strong” perfectly complementing Andy’s gruff, hearty vocals. However, the good thing is that these rougher cuts are interspersed with a variety of softer, more contemporary textures.

“Divided” marries a poppy tune with a lush folky feel, “Move On” nods towards the grown-up sound of Counting Crows or Matchbox20 and “Prioritise” is an oddly charming resurrection of skiffle. “Elements” hints at the twinkling simplicity of The Beatles’ “Blackbird” and “Your Smile” is shamelessly romantic; but the standout moment has to be the sweetly undulating rhythms of “Heaven Knows.” Like’60s garage anthem “Gloria” put through the bliss blender this packs energy and subtlety into just a few chords. Like everything here, it’s simple stuff done well.


Still working on that hot first release.



Incendiary guitar playing, bluesy vocals and funky grooves characterise the music of Andy Grant Band. Think Stones and Led Zep mixed with Motown and J J Cale- add a dash of slide guitar and you’re getting close to this rootsy blend of blues, soul and rock.

After quitting his job in the gold mines of South Africa, Andy travelled around the globe making his living playing music on street corners from Melbourne to Copenhagen. Andy is building a loyal fan base, winning over audiences with his fiery playing, catchy original songs and new takes on a few old classics.

Bassist Simon Rushbrook , and drummer Jack Revy complete the Band lineup. Their rock solid, deep pocket drum and bass rhythms provide the foundations for the Trio’s musical explorations. Rock guitar riffs morph into dusty ethnic tonalities, with hip swinging rhythms that all spin through seamless musical landscapes. These road hardened musical warriors are masters of their art: Good time blues, rock and soul music with great feel and no boundaries!