Harmonica & Frattoir player – Singer Songwriter Born in 1955, Andy has been playing harmonica and singing professionally since 1977. He has recorded 7 LPs, 11 cds and two 45s. These recordings feature mostly Forest’s original songs. The 2007 release “Real Stories: of Love Labor and Other Man Made Catastrophes” (on Slang Records) won “The Best of The Beat” Award for best Blues Cd of 2007 in New Orleans. After living in Europe for ten years he returned to his home New Orleans in 1991 where he plays in clubs yet frequently goes on tour in Europe and Canada. Early influences were Sonny Terry, Little Walter Jacobs, Sonny Boy Williamson, James Cotton, Paul Butterfield, Taj Mahal and Charlie Musselwhite – to name a few. He has played on stage with B.B. King, Bobby Blue Bland, Johnny Shines, Champion Jack DuPree, James Booker and many other greats of the Blues. He has written scores of songs, one novel (Letter From Hell) and paints “outside” art, (see pics) mostly of blues and jazz singers. Some of them are hanging around New Orleans in La Belle Gallerie, 309 Chartres St. and @ Louisiana Music Factory-210 Decatur St. Check out Andy’s harmonica playing with the Washboard Chaz Blues Trio on the sound track for the Werner Herzog film “The Bad Lieutenant” starring Nicolas Cage and Val Kilmer. On tour in Europe the Andy J Forest Band members are Leo Ghiringhelli Guitar, Luca Tonani Bass and Pablo Leoni drums. In New Orleans: Jack Cole guitar, David Hyde bass and Allyn Robinson on drums. In Canada Andy plays with Tony D. and most recently the multi award winning band Monkey Junk. Andy’s CD’s can be obtained fromwww.louisianamusicfactory.com and on itunes The most recent CD released in 2010 “Andy J Forest in NOtown Story: the Triumph of Turmoil” is available in MP3 or hard copy @http://cdbaby.com/cd/andyjforest

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