Andy Walo Band

Andy Walo Band

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Biography

ANDY WALO’S BIO
by Cadillac Zack

Andy Walo, grew up in Stockholm, Sweden as the youngest of five children. His was a household filled with music. His father played lots of traditional Jazz records and his was into Hymns/Spirituals and Gospel like Mahalia Jackson, but also played a lot of Classical music.

Up until high school, Classic Rock dominated Walo’s time until one day, "I saw Albert King on TV… and after that it was all over! Next it was Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, Otis Rush and Albert Collins. They all became great influences in my music." Walo went on to establish himself as a full-time musician living and performing in Denmark and England from 1989-1993.

While touring Denmark in 1992, Chicago Blues artist Aaron Burton (formerly w/Albert Collins) and his band caught Andy playing guitar and singing the Blues in a downtown Copenhagen bar. They were so impressed that they spent the next three nights trying to convince Andy to return with them to Chicago. Per Mr. Burton's and drummer Tino Cortes' invitation Andy Walo arrived in Chicago in 1993, where he immediately established himself on the competitive scene. Initially sitting in with many of the greats (Buddy Guy, Jimmy Johnson, Big Time Sarah, Shirley Johnson and soul singer Otis Clay), things really moved rapidly for Walo.

Walo shared stages with Bo Diddley, J.J. Cale, Canned Heat, John Hammond Jr., Koko Taylor, The Ohio Players and classic rock heroes the Blue Oyster Cult on his first American tours.

In 1995, Walo became the lead guitarist for Junior Wells. He spent the next two years touring the world with Junior and his band. Milestone performances included the 1996 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival with the Allman Brothers Band and B.B. King, performing for audiences of 85,000 and playing at the prestigious Blue Note Club in Tokyo, Japan.

Walo played on Junior Wells’ last recording. The album, "Live at Buddy Guys Legends" was nominated for a Grammy in 1997. The Junior Wells Alumni Tribute Band played at the 1999 Chicago Blues Festival where Andy, along with the Band, brought the crowd to a standing ovation with the classic song, "Love Her with a Feeling". He also is heard on the 2002 release, "Junior Wells Around The World."

In 1997, Andy relocated to Los Angeles where he co-led local Blues-band The Mama's Boys for two years. Walo then formed his own band in 2001 showcasing his original songs in the Classic Rock vein of Free and Led Zeppelin coupled with Classic Chicago Blues. His power trio plays 3 to 4 shows a week and has built a strong following all over Southern California and Las Vegas.

The CD "Live Your Life" is available on www.amazon.com
www.tower.com and www.cdbaby.com and was released in 2004 by Philadelphia based indie-label Canadian-American Records, the full-length CD includes the folky hit "Traveled" which charted at No. 1 on the Australian Indie Charts.

In August 2004, Andy performed at the Annual Harley Davidson Festival in Sturgis, South Dakota Featuring Kid Rock & ZZ Top & spent six weeks touring Northern Europe in the summer of 2005. In 2006 Andy Walo & friend Stephen Rowe performed in Nashville, TN. opening up shows for Aussie 80s band Men At Work. Andy Walo’s new CD is due for release 2008.

The band includes Andy Walo - Guitar/Vocals, Roger Bueno - Bass, and Joel – Drums