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As a child Andy Powder would find himself captured by the presence of sound. His first music lessons came from a crazed neighbor, Ed, who was infamous around town for having a screw loose. As he listened to his schizophrenic neighbor rant through music theory and history lessons, Andy soon learned guitar from Ed. He watched this madman eccentric become something otherworldly as he played any number of his instruments. Powder was not far behind; mimicking the noises by mouth, and pantomiming the art of playing. Not long after Ed had noticed Andy’s interest in music Powder was blessed with the gift of his first guitar. With the help of his neighbor and friends he would soon learn the beginning steps of what would be become his life’s focus.
Discouraged by his inability to be a success Andy had just one thing on his mind; practice. Rigorously day in and day out, Andy Powder practiced his guitar, listening to greats like Jimi Hendrix, and Jimmy Paige, he honed his ear, and narrowed his craft. The more he practiced, the better he became. Andy Powder was creating exactly the style he desired. To learn everything he could about the art he applied at Kent State University, a state college in Kent, Ohio. He claimed on his application that he could in fact read music, and he claimed he was formally taught on the guitar. Kent State with no reason to doubt the applicant accepted him for the school of music.
Fast forward five years to college graduation. Andy had met a few people through the music program in Kent whom he had started to jam with, and had somewhat of a band formed. The band’s name was Tape Toons. Tape Toons was a new adventure for Andy, Powder was born a blues guitarist, and with this band he took a heavier approach to it. The band started off slow, but soon blossomed into one of Kent’s premier underground rock bands. Mixing Andy Powder’s untouchable guitar riffs, with drummer Dylan Gomez’s insatiable jazz percussion, and bassist Allen Bittaker’s steady as she goes bass lines, this band was sure to go to the top. Things were looking up for the group when they got the rare chance to record with rock legend Steve Albini. Albini most notably known for his work with bands like Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, and The Pixies, was a sure fire producer for the bands rare underground sound. The recording was a success, and the band couldn’t have been happier. Unfortunately, the band mates had different opinions on what they had in mind for their futures. The CD was never released, and the band broke up.
Powder had a new foundation under his shoes; he had tasted the sweetness of the rock and roll world, and what can happen with just a few faithful followers. Powder was determined to make it. Not two months after Tape Toons demise Powder called upon his cousin, Ronnie Hounds. Ronnie was a music junkie himself, and shared the same folk/blues background as his cousin. Andy had told Ronnie he wanted to form a two piece band with the two of them, and he wanted to do fuzz tone blues music. Ronnie was ecstatic. The only problem; Ronnie was currently serving time in a mental institution just outside of New Orleans. Andy had to free his cousin to suit his needs. So he did just that, sometime around November 2011 Andy Powder helped Ronnie Hounds escape from the confines of St. Rose Mental Hospital, and the band was formed.
Like a travelling circus, Andy and Ronnie played weekend after weekend, night after night. Their music was a new genre, a new wave of sound. People compared them to Jimi Hendrix doing Little Richard. The cousins were taking the stage by storm. They had accrued a rather large following by spring 2012. That’s when trouble struck again. Ronnie was becoming too popular around town, and the cousins hadn’t hidden the secret of his escape very well. US Marshalls came to take Ronnie back to the institution where he was meant to be detained for 5 more years.
With every struggle comes a new beginning, and Andy Powder will not be deterred. The musician now performing solo shows in northeast Ohio plans to ride out his current bookings (somewhere into next year) and hop a train to Texas.