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Andy Macintyre / Press

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“Part I LSD (Liberating Southern-Dreamy) Blues The seeds that most music grew from in this country are the blues. When they got planted in certain areas the roots got crossed together and different trees began to take root. Those were the Louis Armstrong, Elvis, Beatles, Hendrix seeds, to name a few obvious ones. Well, I can’t think of a town where the seeds were planted and then the dirt was mixed all up to see what would happen more than the live music capitol of the world: Austin, Texas! And they bring us the latest release from Andy Macintyre, Ruby. This is Macintyre’s third solo album and he mixes up the cultural melting pot. On first listen I picked up many different sounds coming at me through my speakers. His vocals reminded me of Anders Osborne on the opening track, “Left Behind,” and there is that southern relation underlying the disc as a whole, but let me continue.”

“Part II LSD (Liberating Southern-Dreamy) Blues As you get deeper into the disc, Macintyre’s guitar playing has a heavy distortion which reminds me of Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains on some songs. It’s a dirty, rootsy tone. We could bring in groups like Austin’s Black Angels or Sonic Youth as influences in the open style of their attack. Some songs are on the verge of a jam-style song, but with a darker tone. If you could walk far enough into the forest to see the tree that sprouted here I would say it would be pretty psychedelic. This album should have a good audience, just don’t go buy it expecting to hear a classic Howlin’ Wolf sound. Andy Macintyre has a different voice than most modern musicians and is not afraid to mix it up. Sometimes it works better than others. If you like heavy rock with your blues, or are more open to experimental music with a lot of roots, then give it a chance. This album does have some great vistas to stop and look out upon.”

“CD Review: Andy Macintyre Plays The Blues For "Ruby" From Austin, TX comes singer/songwriter Andy Macintyre with his bluesy third album, “Ruby.” With the help of Doug Day on drums and Chris Alexander on bass, Andy has accomplished his most mature, complete album to date. His last album, “Revolution” took a slight detour from his hard rocking debut album, “Set Me Free,” but this latest release has the right combination of blues and rock as heard in the opening song “Left Behind.” He heads down south for some southern blues in the title-song and relaxes a bit on “Jailene,” before getting down and dirty with “Bluebird 1.” The standout track on his latest album is the Creedence Clearwater Revival, swamp music sound of the instrumental, “The Human,” which leads into the Chicago-blues based “Deranged.” The album closes with the hard-rocking attack of “D’Evil” and the slow-burning “Other Side…” The new album by Andy Macintyre is available now at i”

“Andy Macintyre: Ruby- A bluesman with a bit of a rock edge best describes the album. Even thought the blues run strong throughout the album, Macintyre doesn't mind a little experimentation with various styles. Check out "Ruby" and "Jailene". Both tracks exemplify the strong songwriting that makes this album unique.”

“Andy Macintyre was back in town Tuesday night playing to a handful of new fans at McCabes Tavern with his band Primal Groove featuring Chris Alexander on bass and relative newcomer on drums (to Primal Groove anyway) Nico Leophonte. Nico’s played with Chris Duarte, Tommy Shannon, and many other musicians in the Austin circuit, so this is a nice matchup. Together, the power trio formed a tight unit, and I think a little stronger and more cohesive than the last time I saw them in the area a few months ago. I saw more than one person use their cell phones to text their friends to get them to come down to see Macintyre. (I know they were doing that because for some reason they felt complled to yelled at me “I JUST TEXTED MY BUDDY TO GET DOWN HERE” over the band’s hard driving rhythm section!) Playing originals and blues rock ala Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix (several times), the band is touring in support of their CD “Revolution”.”

“Alexander had a few solos during the night and showed he’s no slouch on the bass doing some pretty crazy runs and chord progressions and at times getting a great fretless sound out of his bass. Leophonte had a few cool breaks but the highlight was him playing a solo almost entirely on the rims in incredibly fast beats. Macintyre’s slash-and-burn approach to his playing is still evident although there were alot of dynamics in tuesday nights performance. He’d bend over almost to the floor seeming to coax out whispery sounds from his Fender strat before jumping up and ripping through the house with some very distorted ladened riffs. The band is winding it’s way through western Colorado, heading for Pagosa Springs then Durango before turning back towards Texas.”

“With a passion that began at the age of 9, Andy Macintyre quickly learned that music was his calling. It all started with jam sessions on the end of his bed while growing up in Chicago, memorizing albums such as The Rolling Stone’s “Sticky Fingers” and Nirvana’s “Nevermind,” but it seemed to be leading nowhere fast. Even though he was playing six or seven hours a day, he knew his music would not succeed without a band. When he moved to Austin his senior year, however, Macintyre found his band, and in subsequent years, he has played in 15 different bands, been featured on three different studio side projects, and has four studio albums under his belt.”

“Macintyre released his first solo album in 2007 called “Set Me Free,” a blues-tinged rock offering that elicited comparisons to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Buddy Miles. Macintyre’s true goal — to be recognized as an innovative musician in his own right — came with the recent release of his second album, “Revolution.” “Two years ago I was sitting on the steps of my staircase playing things that I don’t necessarily want to play, and then all of a sudden this riff was just right there. I played the first two chords over and over, and within 10 minutes the song ‘Makayla’ wrote itself as I played it. It was incredible,” Macintyre said.”

“Macintyre attributes much of his success to simple optimism, a core belief that any goal can be achieved. Four years ago, his dream was to play at the prime musical hotspot in Austin, Antone’s Nightclub. Even if he was just opening for a bigger name, Macintyre told himself he was going to succeed. Now, not only has he played there four times, but he has managed to land a major spot that includes many other successful blues/rock talents performing alongside him. “I think the music business is all about baby steps each day. It can really be a hindrance sometimes, but when it start to deter you with the negativity, which always sneaks in, you just have to fight that stuff off,” Macintyre said. “I want people to accept my music for what it is, and when they hear me realize that I am not just a synthesis of everyone I have heard, but know, OK, that is Andy Macintyre.””

“Macintyre’s current tour schedule includes cities stretched across the Lone Star State as well as dates in Colorado, New Mexico and Louisiana. He said he is looking forward to his upcoming Lubbock performance, too, and fans can expect a fun, laid-back evening. “This show is going to be a mix of several songs off my first album and several off the second. Then we will perform certain covers, as well. Some are crowd pleasers and some are ones you do not always expect,” Macintyre said. “Please don’t be afraid to approach anyone in the band and inquire about CDs or ask any questions. We love to meet new fans and we don’t bite.””

“Andy Macintyre and band The Primal Groove rolled into town direct from a 22 hour drive from Austin, Texas ready to play. Unfortuneately there wasn’t much of an audience turn-out, but this made it a more intimate and jocular experience. The band wailed through covers and original material from Andy’s two CDs while joking about everything from Andy’s amp going out mid song to the ride from Austin to a number of other humorous anecdotes throughout the evening. Macintyre is known for his edgey style of distorted laden blues riffs, clean acoustic lines, and soulful voice. Taking on all kinds of blues rock cover material that many other acts wouldn’t touch like Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Scuttle Buttin’, A-Mac added his take-no-prisoners approach to fierce and growling tones on his beat up reverse-headstock Fender Strat.”

Butch Leitz - Soundboard Freedom Blogging (part 1)

“Bassist Christopher “Spanky” Alexander was getting some of the best fretless bass sounds from a fretted bass I’ve ever heard. He also took over vocals from Macintyre on a few numbers. Dummer Richard Lamm’s drive and showmanship was bested only by his creative accents and fills. On some of the pieces I heard with slower intro’s or calmer phrasing, Lamm added some really nice percussion. Overall, Macintyres reputation as a slash-and-burn guitarist was certainly evident, but since I expected that it wasn’t nearly as surprising as the really nice dynamics the group had. It’s not every guitar player with this kind of reputation that knows how to play “negative space” with some well done changes in tempo, volume, and soulful quiet passages. I was very impressed. I was also impressed when after the break he picked up his acoustic guitar and played a couple numbers solo with beautiful tones and skills.”

Butch Leitz - Soundboard Freedom Blogging (part 2)

“Some people seem born to be farmers, teachers, engineers, and yes, even politicians. But some are born to be musicians… guitar slingers to be more precise, and Andy MacIntyre is one of those people. It’s a real challenge to sit down and write a review of his latest project Revolution because no matter what I come up with in the form of carefully considered criticism (and there’s several things that deserve mentioning, to be sure), the fact remains, I just can’t get enough of this guy’s guitar playing. He may not be the best songwriter (but he’s getting better all the time…), and he may not have the most distinctive voice (but he really moved me with the front-porch-style acoustic cut, ‘109’, and actually made me cry with his tender ‘4th of July’ tune).”

Marsha Mann - INsite Austin Review of "Revolution" (part 1)

“It’s also obvious this guy practices…a lot. He’s fluid, versatile, and gutsy – he never lets technique trump what he wants to express. And did I forget to mention, Andy can play really fast as well (listen to his searing cover of Freddie King’s ‘In the Open’). But he’s not just showing off – every note has a purpose and comes straight from the heart. Its more like his guitar has so much to say that he wants to fit it all in before the song ends…and we get to go along for the ride! WOW. Focusing on some bothersome details: the title of the album doesn’t work – there’s nothing ‘revolutionary’ about the style of the music (rockin’ Texas blues w/ some impressive finger-picking), and there’s certainly no sign of politics either.”

Marsha Mann - INsite Austin Review of "Revolution" (part 2)

“Since the record does a great job of showcasing Andy’s wide- ranging talents within the genre he’s chosen, ‘In the Open’ might have served better and tied into the cover art more effectively (another provocative design by Andrew Stearns). The first track, ‘Makayla’ is beautifully complex and compelling (a little too compelling as an introduction to an artist you may have never heard), and it’s poorly mixed – the drums sound compressed and thin. The up-tempo, straight ahead ‘Sing Like A Bird’, or the catchy and heartfelt ‘Call My Name’ (which needs to be on the radio, pronto!), would have worked better as openers.”

Marsha Mann - INsite Magazine Review of "Revolution" (part 3)

“There’s a real art to ordering an album and this one seems to have gotten jumbled up somehow. Since I’ve listened to it dozens of times now, I came up with another order: 4, 2, 7, 3, 1, 5, 9, 6, 8, and burned a copy…it’s awesome! The song ‘Revolution’ is actually one of my favorites – a grinding, swampy, downbeat blues that gets under your skin with some unexpected chord changes, rhythmic stutters and change-ups, a soulful vocal performance, and tasteful guitar embellishments. Song for song, this dynamic second effort by Andy MacIntyre is heads and shoulders above his first record, Set Me Free. There’s much more thoughtfulness and maturity on display here and I can only imagine where his guitar will take him in the next few years…I plan on being front and center to see it! - Marsha Mann”

Marsha Mann - INsite Magazine Reveiw of "Revolution" (part 4)

“If you like listening to badass Stratocaster/Marshall chops [Set Me Free] is for you. Nothing like the garbage you hear on the radio - this is original blues-driven rock. And the songwriting, lyrics, composition plus the vocals is the total package.”

5-star rating - CD Baby review

“From the first moments of the opening instrumental track 'Cockroach', it's clear that Andy Macintyre plays a mean guitar... I'm so impressed by Andy's obvious talent.”

M. Mann - INsite Magazine