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"Rollingstone Review"

“Like many Austin musicians, Jake Andrews is a child of the blues, but he’s also the child of John “Toad” Andrews, who played with Mother Earth in the ‘60s. That gave him an edge in the cutthroat music business, but it’s just as likely that the reason why he secured a record contract at the age of 19 was the fact that teenage blues prodigies were a hot commodity in the 90’s. Ever since Jonny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepard, other labels were clamoring for their own hot shot, and Andrews was well-suited for the part, since he can play and has a weathered voice that sounds much older than 19. He also has a tendency to veer away from straightahead blues, favoring blues-rock, as well as the occasional soul song. - Rollingstone Magazine


"Billboard Magazine Review"

“Turning countless heads with electrifying guitar playing and soulful singing, Jake Andrews has been front and center of the Austin Scene for more than half of this 19 years. Steeped in the Texas blues tradition of Johnny Winter and Stevie Ray Vaughan, “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.” - Billboard Magazine


"Daily Variety, Los Angeles Show Review"

“Andrews exhibits a flair for breaking up the rock steady meter…he delves into a jazzy improvisation that demonstrates his ability to move rapidly around the fretboard.” - Daily Variety


"Red Hot in Blues 19 year-old guitar phenom Jake Andrews to open for Buddy Guy at Mars"

“Buddy Guy is like the E.F. Hutton of blues guitar legends: When he talks, people listen. And when Guy is talking up an up-and-coming player, it’s hard not to check out what the new kid is doing. Monday night, we’ll find out as 19-year-old guitar sensation Jake Andrews opens for Buddy Guy at Mars at 9 p.m. Andrews, born and raised in the fertile musical community of Austin, Texas, is the laid-back southerner personified, even when talking about some of the things he’s been up to lately.” - The Herald-Times, Bloomington, IN


"Studio City Sun, Los Angeles Show Review"

“There’s a proud tradition of Texas blues power trios. There was Johnny Winter in the ‘60s, followed by ZZ Top in the ‘70s and Stevie Ray Vaughan in the ‘80s. In the ‘90s, youngblood Jake Andrews started shaking things up in Austin (actually he started earlier, at around 8 years old, appearing with Albert King and others at Antone’s in Austin), recording two albums and touring the world. Andrews pulled into Sherman Oaks to play Cozy’s last Friday, but the trio ended up being the world’s first blues power duo when the drummer didn’t show up. Jake Andrews didn’t miss a beat or his drummer, as he and his trusty bassist tore the room up as a twosome. They played everything from seething originals to Junior Parker’s “Driving Wheel,” and at one point when the singer-guitarist told the audience a drummer “was on the way,” an excited soul in the audience yelled in return, “Tell him to stay home. You don’t need one.” Right on.” - Studio City Sun


"Time to Burn/Jake Andrews CD Review"

“Austinite Jake Andrews arms himself with one of the most dangerous sounding blues-based guitars in quite some time, deftly balancing between rockin’ grooves and burnin’ solos. Easily surpassing most of his peers in technique as well as in crafty songwriting, Andrews smartly avoids producing a masturbatory guitar-solo-fest, as tunes like “Just You and Me” and “Time to Burn” have the embedded soul of Sam and Dave and the Fabulous Thunderbirds emanating from every riff and vocal “call and response.” - Jericho Records


"Time to Burn/Jake Andrews CD Review"

“There must be something in the water in Austin, Texas. Good guitar players always seem to be from Austin or have some Austin connection. Jake Andrews comes from a musical family (his father, John “Toad” Andrews played with Mother Earth) and he was known as “Little” Jake Andrews for a long time. He has dropped (or outgrown) the “Little” tag and now is competing with Jonny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.” - Cello/Jericho Recordings


"Out of the Wonder Years and Into the Working Years"

“The Skinny. From his launching pad at Antones’, jamming with Albert King at age 8, it was clear that Jake Andrews was primed to head skyward. Now an official heartthrob at 20, complete with fan websites, Andrews has exceeded his super boy status and found a maturing style. His songwriting reflects reverence for the fine collaborations of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Doyle Bramhall Sr., while his voice evokes Doyle Bramhall Jr. Andrews’ new approach may be shared by legions of other Hendrix followers, but there’s reason to believe that he will blaze new trails, and soon. Get in on the ground floor.” - Austin Citysearch


Discography

"Time to Burn" - Jericho Records - 1999 - national and international radio airplay
"Jake Andrews" - Texas Music Group - 2002 - national and international radio airplay / satellite radio
"Feelin' Good Again" - Independent Label - 2007 - national and international radio airplay

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Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Jake Andrews grew up in a house and city filled with music. He began playing guitar at age 5, taught by his father, John Andrews of the 60's Roots Band Mother Earth. At age 8, Andrews first went onstage to play guitar with Albert King at Austin’s legendary club Antone’s. Impressed with the young guitarist, King invited Andrews 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's young career, and he continued to hone his skills in the clubs of Austin, Texas regularly performing with local musicians.

Andrews has performed with music giants such as BB King, Buddy Guy, Albert King and Jimmie Vaughan. He has 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, Guitar Player, Texas Monthly and Vintage Guitar among numerous other publications. He has toured the US and Europe extensively.

By the age of 17, Andrews was signed with Jericho Records, a Warner Brothers/Sire subsidiary, and began working on his debut album that was recorded at the legendary Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles. In 1999, Andrews released his debut album 'Time to Burn” with producer John Porter (Los Lonely Boys, BB King). The album unleashed a solid assortment of material played and sung with compelling conviction and an electrifying virtuosity that would draw a smile of approval from his illustrious musical mentors. 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. Andrews earned the award of "Breakout Rock Group" in 1999 by R&R (Radio and Records). The record was supported with a national 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) and recorded at the Pedernales Studio in Austin, TX. 2007 brings a new album from Andrews - "Feelin' Good Again". Andrews’ third album is full of original material and was produced by Andrews and long-time bassist Mike Sconce. Andrews enlisted close friend and drummer Alvino Bennett (Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Sheena Easton, Dave Mason) and Michael Ramos (John Mellencamp, Los Lonely Boys) on keys.