Andy Kimbel    Musician
Los Angeles , CA
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  • Acoustic Americana "Roots", Finger Picking Blues and Folk Artist
  • Genre(s)
    Folk Alternative Americana Other
  • Venues
    cafe bars corporate events Music Venues Concert Halls
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Biography
Andy Kimbel tells his story with voice and guitar, drawing on the techniques that have sustained itinerant blues artists for generations. For this fingerstyle guitarist, the instrument is a portable orchestra, with bass lines, chords, and fragments of melody to support his vocals.” . . .Hawaiian Public Radio.      Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, “as a kid I listened to rock ’n’ roll, my parent’s classical music collection and whatever else was on the radio,” says Kimbel. “I discovered the music of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Peter Paul and Mary, The Weavers and, through them, songs by Bob Dylan, Reverend Gary Davis and Robert Johnson, although I did not really know who they were by name.”   Kimbel began playing the guitar and piano when he was about 9 and by 11, was playing in a band. In his early teens, he got an electric guitar and started gigging at various functions in the Philadelphia area. Andy later went to school to pursue a career in aviation and become a commercial pilot and flight instructor. It wasn’t until a pilot furlough at the early 90’s that Andy picked up the guitar, went out and played thinking that it would give him something to do until he got back into the cockpit. He would also frequent various clubs and coffeehouses watching and learning from performers like Garnet Rogers, Chris Smither, Tom Rush and Bill Morrissey. It was then that the call of the Philadelphia and New York blues and singer-songwriter scene grabbed Andy and brought him in as a performer at these same venues.  Over the past 26 years both solo and with a band, Kimbel has played Festivals, Special Events, Folk and Blues venues, Colleges, and has also been featured many times on Radio and Television shows. Kimbel delivers spirited, dynamically-packed performances while showcasing both self- penned original songs and strong interpretations of early classic country-blues and early 70's based folk while captivating audiences with his highly reviewed acoustic guitar work. Whether it be a performance for 40 people at a folk club or house concert, thousands at a festival or millions on television as he did regularly on QVC earlier in his career, Kimbel makes the stage his home and it shows.    Kimbel’s shows have lots of "wow" appeal and offer a very entertaining time for all. If you enjoy exciting guitar work and the music of the classic acoustic country blues masters as well as guitar styles of artists such as Jorma Kaukonen, Chris Smither, Bob Dylan and yes, Keith Richards, then you will surely appreciate Andy Kimbel.     As an “indie” artists has performed well over 2000 shows. The majority of Andy’s audiences who have provided a foundation for his fairly consistent top ten rankings in several indie charts hail from North America, Canada, and parts of Europe. Fans of the acoustic guitar and those who play are drawn to Andy’s “Acoustic Energy” as his improvisational guitar work shows remarkable musicianship, reminiscent of a combination of styles similar to some of the early country blues greatest as well as some of the better-known contemporary acoustic guitar artists that would include Leo Kottke and Jorma Kaukonen Chris Smither and Tommy Emmanuel. But as his fans will attest, Andy’s style is indeed his own and comes from within.  No two shows and hardly two songs, are hardly played twice the same way.     
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