Andy was born in Columbus, Ohio. He became attached to the guitar at the early age of four, listening to the high energy Rock-a-Billy sounds of Luther Perkins on early Johnny Cash albums.
It was then that his dad purchased Andy’s first guitar, an entry level classical that, truthfully, wasn’t played that often.
At the age of nine Andy again got the urge to play, but this time it was different. Once again his dad bought Andy a guitar, once again an entry level guitar, but this time his father told him; “ Learn to play ‘Wildwood Flower” and I’ll buy you a good guitar”. Three days later Andy’s dad had traded the not so good guitar for a very nice one.
It was on! From that point forward not a day would go by that Andy didn’t have that guitar in his hands. Teaching himself by listening to the music that he loved, and picking out the notes one by one. Chet Atkins, Luther Perkins and Glen Campbell compelled Andy to strive for constant improvement.
Though raised listening to Country, Bluegrass and 50’s and 60’s rock and roll, Andy in his teen years found a new master. He had glimpses of what would be by watching “The Midnight Special” and listening to hard rock bands such as Ted Nugent, Boston and Heart.
His next discovery would be electricity, an electric guitar given to him by his uncle, and once again his dad footed the bill and bought Andy his first amplifier. These would be his addiction for years, playing with cousins and friends, he picked up and stole every chord, trick and noise he could find.
It wasn’t until high school that Andy joined his first band. Playing the new Heavy Metal and Hard Rock of the day from Def Leppard, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Dokken and Night Ranger, Andy and his good friends from school played an occasional street dance or, on rare occasions, a local bar.
Never settling for “ I’ll never play like that”, Andy began passing his mates in progress and gumption. Always looking upward for his peers. He bounced from band to band ever searching for better musicianship and players with ever more drive. His search led him eventually to Chillicothe, Ohio, when he teamed up with new friend, Mike Chapman and joined his first full time band “High Street”.
These years were good as he played on the weekends and held down a job as a Union Carpenter for his main income.
Through this association Andy met many aspiring musicians that would carry him through the next phase of his career.
“Hard to categorize” is the first thing that comes to mind when hearing Andy’s Doomsday Device, an aggressive rock band from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
Soaring, heartfelt vocals, great musicianship, and non-pedestrian rhythms, reminiscent of influences such as Led Zeppelin, Queensryche, The Beatles and Kansas are the foundation of Andy’s Doomsday Device.
Singer, songwriter, guitarist Andy Tackett has moved forward with songs that speak with a unique and compelling view of the world around us, and his introspective, self exposing critique of himself.
Launched in 2009 Andy's Doomsday Device formed to bring Andy’s musical vision to light for the world to hear and see, and also to bring joy to the ears of all in hearing distance.
Partnered in crime by Shea Gold, the thunderous animal of a drummer, used to driving bands on national stages all over the world. And, Rick Anderson, bassist extraordinaire with years of holding down the groove in rock and progressive bands from Milwaukee to Minnesota.
They have captured many measures of ingenuity and passion to make music that strives to the modern, while keeping the integrity of their predecessors.
4 hour cover show in the past, Andy moves forward on his own with the recent CD release, "Prophet Poet", with a wide array of offerings. From his internationally acclaimed version of The Beatles “Eleanor Rigby”, the heavy anthem and title track “Prophet Poet” to the haunting, ethereal “Nothing Left To Say” and the catchy, radio-ready “Never Said Never”.
Now, gearing up for a National and European tour, A.D.D puts on “the big push” to bring his music and the message to the people!