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Andy McKee

Andy McKee is an award-winning fingerstyle guitarist with adept, technically proficient skills and whose playing touches upon bluegrass, progressive rock, and classical music. Though recognized as a growing talent in the fingerstyle guitar community since the early 2000s, McKee achieved even greater prominence in 2005 after the video for his song "Drifting" went viral. Born in 1979 in Topeka, Kansas, McKee first began playing guitar at age 13. Originally influenced by such virtuoso heavy metal and progressive rock acts as Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, and Metallica, McKee eventually found himself drawn to the acoustic fingerstyle approach of artists like Preston Reed, Michael Hedges, Don Ross, and others. Largely self-taught, McKee earned his GED and quit high school to focus full-time on guitar playing. The risk paid off, and in 2001 McKee took third place in the National Fingerstyle Guitar Competition in Winfield, Kansas. Also in 2001, McKee released his debut solo album, Nocturne. Two years later, he won first place in the Miscellaneous Acoustic Instrument category of the New Jersey State Fiddling and Picking Championships. In 2004, McKee released his second solo album, Dreamcatcher, and finished in second place in the fingerstyle competition at the Canadian Guitar Festival.

In 2005, McKee released his third album, Art of Motion, on Candyrat Records, featuring the song "Drifting." Around this time, McKee's online video for "Drifting" began nabbing thousands of views on YouTube, as well as garnering a significant number of up votes on the news aggregator site Digg. Ultimately, "Drifting" became a featured video on YouTube, having collected over 49,000 views. McKee's viral success quickly spread to his other videos, which helped him sell his albums and propelled him to a new level of international recognition. In 2007, riding his newfound wave of success, McKee released his fourth solo album, The Gates of Gnomeria. That same year, he appeared on vocalist Josh Groban's holiday album Noel. In 2008, McKee teamed with fellow fingerstyle guitarist (and early influence) Don Ross for the duo album The Thing That Came from Somewhere. A year later, he returned with the EP Common Ground. In 2010, McKee delivered his sixth album, Joyland, on Razor & Tie. Also in 2010, McKee guested on guitarist Lee Ritenour's album 6 String Theory. In 2012, McKee reached a new level of exposure once again when he opened for Prince on several of the legendary pop artist's Australian tour dates. In 2014, McKee released his second EP, Mythmaker. ~ Matt Collar, Rovi
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Saw him live with Antoine Dufour opening. Both great guitar players!
One of the best in my opinion. If you like Andy then you should check out what Candyrat Records has to offer.
How can anyone say anything negative about this joyful beautiful music. The pure acoustic guitar is the best sound in all of music. Wish I could even hold a guitar. So thankful for all these artists.
danilandolfi
Check out Blake Noble. Great work Andy! Thanks!
moosejaw90
Watch some Andy's early videos rylenne song and dream catcher. Amazing individual.
Andy is amazing..So blessed to have discovered him...I can hear his heart through his guitar...I hope that one day mine can be heard the same...
jdallaro
Absolutely breathtaking l y beautiful brother. Have a couple of Andys recordings and this surprised me. So much more than just amazing technique
Discovered Andy's music when he played on Josh Groban's Noel. Love, love, love his music. Poetry in motion.
Sounds very much like Tyler Ramsey, you have amazing talent
Thank you Andy.
Absolutely love the music-- only after enjoying this music for some time did I decide to check out more about the artist. Sadly that's when I came across The comments in which some former students and a parent I know others have differing opinions and decided to swing it out here. And I, I knew Lissner, simply wanted to learn more about this magnificent artist......
mikepascarel l o
Comparing artists period is a waste of time.
love it
jdbunch8
Comparing living artists those who are dead is a pointless endeavor.
pk-Mage-mast e r , you ARE the problem. I have known Andy for 13 years and was lucky enough to take lessons from him. He has been writing and composing his own music since he was a child. On top of that he is one of the most humble, helpful and genuine people that has ever walked this earth. Keep tearing down other people's work to make yourself feel better-let me know how it works out for you TROLL.
mikepascarel l o
No comparisons are necessary between Michael Hedges and Andy McKee. They are both brilliant artists with their own unique sound. Thanks to both for their great music.
If y'all like Andy, check out Sungha Jung! His music is ammaazzinggg g . Finger style acoustic guitar! And he's only 15!
986661265
Michael Hedges and Andy McKee are both great guitar players in their own right. No debate or
tannerdmulfo r d
i took lessons from andy and watching him play one of his songs on your own guitar inspired me alot because i knew that level of sound was possible, so started the journey never ending and always worthy...
Some people are born having already paid their dues.. Then again, life gives us dues outside our arts. This is very nice...
What amazes me is that folks can compare and contrast and say he hasn't paid his dues, or he is this or that..blah blah blah..Andy makes music and it is subject to personal opinion and preference but lets not tear him down just because he differs. Most of the negative remarks about his playing are just subjective B.S. To all the nay sayers who have spouted the negative vibes, you guys need to a grip. Andy Mckee is a great player and he doesn't have to fit into your little molds.
maurer_thoma s
Went to a concert in Cols, Ohio last year. Featured McKee, Dufour and Stephen Bennett. Absolutely one of the best shows I have ever been to.
Ah Andy... your music makes me happy. Thank you.
d.keiger
Beautiful...
No comments yet? Seriously? He's nothing short of amazing.
There can never be a comparison Mckee is his own person, with his own music, that people love, regardless of his education or whatever it is you are getting at. I listen to Hedges and Mckee and I see no similarities , other than they both make great music.

Keep enjoying!
He is not Hedges reborn. Hedges studied music and paid his dues. Andy, not so much. He is an adept guitar player, but you can tell he just dropped out of school to noodle around with a Preston Reed video while living off his parents. He does not have the same profound understandin g or expression that Hedges developed. There just is no comparison.
tfraz7
Almost too good to fall asleep to
If a Guitar could sing Andy McKee could definately rock the Opra
retro-geek
Simply incredible. Andy makes me realize how amazing a single person and a single guitar can sound together.
This album is The GATESOf Gnomeria, not Gales
dwarncke6
Very nice. If you like this you may like Stephen Bennett
With all due respect to Bronson Graff's comments, I think Andy McKee is only like Hedges in sheer technical artistry. the comparison stops there, because McKee has a lighter, brighter spirit. There's a happiness and lighthearted n e s s to his style as opposed to some very strange, dark spiritual influences in Hedges' work, oftentimes. My opinion.
Also check out Michael Hedges classic :::: Rickover's Dream:::: if you are new to Andy McKee's style and especially the Harp Guitar
Here's a repost since the posting software took away all the punctuation made my post unreadable ----It's Michael Hedges reborn. Very impressive. Particularly the song ::::The Friend I Never Met::: It's like Hedges' classic ::::Because It's There:::: Part 2!
It's Michael Hedges reborn. Very impressive. Particularly The Friend I Never Met. It's like Hedges' Because it's There, Part 2!
Straight up original and talent
Andy is one of a kind!
midiwriter52
Sometimes you hear a guitar player that makes you go, "Damn, I've been playing the guitar all wrong." This is one of them.
I heard this cut and it was so good I stopped work to fully enjoy!! Amazing.
"Into the Ocean" is my single favorite musical recording of all time.
This man is a combination of DeGrassi, Ackerman, and maybe a little Kottke... and himself too. His talent and skill are sublime.
tsnn
amazing
If only I had the motivation to be like Andy...
She is a mom she is my mom I am 8 she is a good mom. I like her because she takes care of me. Want to know more talk to me.The End P.S so does not look like my mom. now The End.
Great song!
95288800
Andy is such a fine musician..bu t ALSO, a very down-to-eart h person. When I met him in at a concert near San Antonio..in Helotes a while back..it was as if I had known him for years. Sweet disposition! !
joshmsanders o n
Came across "The Friend I Never Met" on the soundtrack to August Rush. Love the sound and feeling he creates. Definitely adding him to my library.
jackgrey
Nice sound. Caught the song "Drifting" on my Jack Johnson channel. I'll definitely check out some more.
turning him on to everyone I know
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