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Andy Wagner / Press

“Andy Wagner is back with his third full-length album of uniquely pastoral alt-country music (after releasing one of TWSIS’s favorite EPs of 2009). His voice has a coarse drawl that gives it a weathered and experienced quality, but his delivery keeps his albums consistently rooted with an affable and pleasurable quality. On Silos and Smokestacks, he is supported with the full sound of his backing band. Guitars, synthesizers, and, most notably, a pedal steel allow the music to soar and sashay with a natural ease. ”

“So I have been listening to the new EP from Andy Wagner for about a month now and it was officially released on Rock Proper this past Monday as a FREE Digital Download. This isn’t your standard complimentary download, this is probably my favourite EP of the year so far, and includes the potential to hold onto that title for longer. I first posted on Andy Wagner’s album over on You Crazy Dreamers here. To quote myself: “There is grit that one might not immediately perceive from his made for TV leading man jawline. There is a bit of saloon influenced Alt-Country mixed in with this Louisiana guitar slinger at heart. You will find the toned down rocker follow up a more up-tempo song with a pained rendition of lost love - with an almost Calexico feel…” I still stand by it, good Americana/Alt-Country from this Chicago Native - and I cannot get enough of “My Blue Sea” and it’s harmonica - nothing gets me more than a great sombre Americana ballad with harmonica (or banjo).”