Music Placement for Bravo and WeTV 

Hey everyone! It's been a while since I've last posted. Things are getting real busy with touring and being on the road. I'm grateful for all the work, nontheless! I got exciting news that more of my compositions have been placed on two different shows! One is called, "Married to Medicine" on Bravo and the other is "Jim and Chrissy Vow or Never". I have to be honest and say that I've never seen these shows but it's always fun looking up the episodes that my music is featured in. While on summer tour, I plan on scoring a lot during the day considering our band plays each night around 9:30pm. The free time will be great to get into a scoring routine and add more compositions to my catalogue!

Rock on,

 

Andre

Mustang Sally in Switzerland 

Hey guys!

Last week I boarded a plane with my Mustang Sally family and headed overseas to Zurich, Switzerland to play the Albisgutli Country Music Festival! It was my first time in Europe and I can honestly say that it was the greatest trip I have ever taken. The country is absolutely beautiful and the people are so warm and kind. Unfortunately, my bags were lost coming from New York and inside had my pedal rig. I was told that I was going to have my bag in time for the first concert but that didn't end up happening. So, I had to do what a musician does best......improvise! I made it through the show even though I didn't have my usual set up (compression, delay, and wireless unit). The second night show was better since I recieved my bags by then. It was really special to meet and greet the fans after the show and take pictures as well as sign autographs. It really made me stop and think how powerful music really is. Here we are...in a totally different continent where we don't speak any Swiss German yet the result is the same. People smiling, dancing. and having a great time listening to our music. Experiences like this really show how music is truly a human necessity and it makes me proud to be a part of such a community. Aside from the shows, we had a couple free days which we used to our advantage. On the first day, a few of us explored downtown Zurich and took a tour inside a beautiful church. We each payed 4 franks to walk to the top of the church where we were given a stunning 360 degree view of the entire city. On our last free day, the bulk of us decided to take a train to a small country town called Arth. We were told that we would see beautiful country views such as mountains, green grass fields, and natural lakes. We were told correctly! Arth was one of the most beautiful towns I have ever seen and it was jaw dropping to see the Rigi Mountains up close. While walking around, we heard a faint musical sound which reminded us of church bells from far away. It turned out to be  Swiss Alphorns! It was such an amazing experience to hear them played live by Swiss gentlemen! In conclusion, the trip was one that I will cherish forever. The people, the landscapes. the city life, the CHOCOLATE!!! Everything. Switzerland is a wonderful country and I feel very blessed to have been invited to perform in this amazing place. I look forward to returning again soon! 


Rock on,

Andre

New Music Placement on "NFL Monday QB" on CBS Sports 

Hey everyone!

I'm very excited to announce that I have another music placement on the show "NFL Monday QB" on CBS Sports! This will be my 10th music placement and 3rd national television show where my music has made its way somewhere within an episode. It's been very rewarding and cool to hear my original music score incorporated on a television show. Since moving to Nashville, I've been incredibly blessed to be a full time player and so I don't get the chance to score and orchestrate as much as I want to. These kinds of placements inspire me to keep composing! My hope is to compose more frequently this year and give you all new music! I have a very extensive summer tour planned which will keep me away from my home studio set up for a while but I plan to invest in a smaller studio to bring on the road with me so that I can score on my down time between shows. I have to be honest and say that I've never seen this show considering I'm not the biggest sports fan (I know, I know. I should have a life outside of music but I really don't...haha) but I'll definitely keep an eye and ear open to hear my cue! You can watch clips from "NFL Monday QB" at www.cbssports.com/video/player/monday-qb



Rock on,

Andre

Mustang Sally- Shows in Columbus, OH and Lansing, MI 

Hey everyone!

I've been really busy touring the country with Mustang Sally. Last weekend we played at a bar called the "Tequila Cowboy" in Columbus, Ohio and Lansing, Michigan. The crowds at both shows were amazing! Really lively and noisy....just how we like it! Here are some pictures of the shows. Enjoy! (Photo Credit: Chuck Williams)

Rock on, 

Andre

Happy New Year! ~from Mustang Sally 

Happy New Year!

Another year has passed with more music, friends, family, love, and laughter. 2016 will go down as a notorious year for its political and social turmoil however, I personally have had a fantastic year. In 2016, I moved to Nashville, TN and performed 146 concerts just this year. I found love in a wonderful girl who makes me smile and laugh. I had my original film music placed on two national television shows on TLC and Bravo. I joined a great touring band that travels the world and gives me the opportunity to see many great places and meet many interesting people. All in all, it's been a great year full of guitars, music. and love. All good things! I'm excited to see what 2017 has in store for me both in my career and personal life. This year, Mustang Sally performed in Celina, OH at an entertainment complex called "The Overdrive". This venue hosts many notable artists, musicians, and comedians. You can read more about The Overdrive at www.theoverdrive.com/.  It was a great night and the place was packed! About 300 tickets were sold to see our band perform. The energy was at a high level and everyone was in high spirits. At midnight we counted down and did a cool version of "Auld Lange Syne". Cheers to a great 2017! 



Rock on,

Andre

My Second National Television Music Placement: Southern Charm on Bravo 

Hey everyone!

I'm very excited to announce that I got another national television placement for my original film music! I contributed additional music to the reality television show called "Southern Charm" on Bravo. I have to honestly say that I've never seen or heard of this show but apparently it's quite popular. Regardless, I'm very proud to have my second placement of the year! It gives me confidence and drives me to want to create and write more film music. As we're approaching the new year, one of my big resolutions is going to write and score more music for film & tv here in Nashville. The opportunities are out there but you really need to put in the hours to find them! I've been blessed to work with such professionals in this field, many whom have inspired me to want to keep writing film music. Cheers to more original film music in the near future!


Rock on,

Andre 

Joining "Mustang Sally" 

Hey guys!

It's been a while since my last post and so I apologize! It's been a crazy couple of months. I'm excited to announce that I have just been selected to be the newest member and guitarist for the Nashville based group called "Mustang Sally". This band plays nationally and internationally with over 150 shows a year so I will be working hard and full time with them! The experience has been amazing so far. This band travels with a tour bus and a designated tour driver. It's been really nice having the convenience and comfort of the bus. So far we have traveled to many great cities and towns across the U.S. We recently played in Panama City Beach for Bike Week. During the week, I was able to meet Paul Teutul Sr. from the hit show, "Orange County Choppers". Paul introduced our band on the final night of Bike Week. It was an awesome experience! We're busy touring every week and it has been a lot of fun so far. I really enjoying playing with this group! Everyone's professionalism and musicality is top notch and so I'm excited to see what opportunities come our way! You can check Mustang Sally's tour dates at: www.mustangsallyband.com/tour

Below are some pictures of my time on the road with them so far! 



Rock on,

Andre

Meet and Greet with Toto 

Hey everyone! 

I had an amazing opportunity to meet the band Toto and to see their live show at the beautiful Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. It was made possible by a fellow bandmate and good friend, Cat Beach. The connection is pretty cool and goes like this: Cat is really good friends with the legendary studio/touring musician known as Lee Sklar. Lee has played on over 2,000 records with artists such as James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett, Ray Charles, Phil Collins, Neil Diamond, and many many more. Lee also played bass on Cat Beach's studio album entitled, "Love Me Out Loud" released in 2009. Lee is currently touring with the band Toto and since Lee is such great friends with Cat, he invited her and her whole band to come to see the show and to meet the band afterwards! It was one of the coolest experiences of my life. Lee is a class act and a down to earth, humble soul. It was truly an honor to meet him. It was also great to meet the great, Steve Lukather, guitarist of Toto. He has always been a big influence to me so it was definitely an amazing experience meeting him as well. As if the night wasn't perfect enough, then walks in Jay DeMarco, the bass player for Rascal Flatts. I've always been a big fan of RF and in fact, I had just seen them perform a month earlier at the Grand Ol Opry (see my last blog post). Jay was super nice and easy to talk with. All in all, it was an amazing night. Big thanks to Cat Beach for the invite and for making it happen! You can read more about Lee Sklar at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leland_Sklar




Rock on,

Andre

Rascal Flatts at the Grand Ole Opry 

Hey guys!

This week, I went to the Grand Ole Opry to see Rascal Flatts. I've always been a big fan of their music and I love going to Grand Ole Opry. This has been my second time this year going to the Opry and it's always a fun time! I saw Vince Gill back in February with my Aunt, Uncle, and cousin and it was an awesome show! What I love about Rascal Flatts is that they sound amazing live. Their harmonies are spot on and they're so entertaining to watch! They played some of my favorite tracks including "Life is a Highway" and "What Hurts the Most". They're coming back to the Opry in August and I might just have to go again because it was that good! You can check out more info about the Opry and calendar of events at www.opry.com/calendar



Rock on,

Andre 

Kris Hitchcock Band in Michigan 

Hey guys!

This weekend we hit the road with the Kris Hitchcock Band and made the 7 hour trip up to Lake Odessa, Michigan! The ride up wasn't too bad actually. Just spent time talking and sleeping. We headlined a festival during the Demolition Derby, which takes place every summer. We played on a big truck bed and were given a very flexible performance schedule. We were scheduled to play about four hours but we really ended up playing about two with all the festivities going on around us. It was a lot of fun to play live while the fireworks went off in the background. It was nice to meet some locals and have some local cider beer! It was a long night. After our performance, we packed up our gear and made the drive back to Nashville on the same night! Jason and I had a gig the next day and had to be at a soundcheck at 3pm so we couldn't stay over night in Michigan. Plenty of coffee and energy drinks got us home safe! All in all, a fun and relaxing gig. Excited to hit the road again next week! 
Rock on,

Andre

Performing at Summer NAMM 2016 

Hey guys!

Big news! I had the pleasure of representing and demonstrating CyberAxe guitars at Summer NAMM 2016 in Nashville. I got the gig by entering a competition and I was chosen as one of the 15 semi-finalists. Of the 15 semi-finalists, 6 were chosen to perform and receive a badge for NAMM. I'm very humbled by the opportunity! I played for 2 days of NAMM and spent the morning demonstrating the CyberAxe. This guitar is really cool and uses modern technology to function. Using complicated patching and coding, the guitar was able to act as a splitter for the numerous amps in which I was playing through. With a touch of a button on the guitar itself, I could switch between a clean Leslie to a distorted Marshall half stack. With another button, I could infuse both the Leslie and the Marshall for a really unique sound. Reid Holmes, the engineer and creator of the CyberAxe, was a really cool and down to earth guy. I really appreciated working with him throughout the convention. When I was done playing, I was able to walk around to see the other booths and make some connections. My buddy Jason and I even ran into some Berklee faculty and had a great conversation about the music industry. I was also glad to have run into a good musician friend of mine from when I worked at Cedar Point. You never know who you can run into there! All in all, it was a great experience and I hope to do it all again next year! You can learn more about NAMM at www.namm.org/


Rock on,

Andre

Southbound Honey at The Wildhorse Salloon  

Hey all!

So, my main band that I play with downtown has gotten a new steady slot at the Wildhorse Saloon on 2nd avenue! This venue is gorgeous and the stage is spacious. The Wildhorse is known for having some great acts perform there including Darius Rucker and Rick Springfield to name a few. Our band has been getting booked a few times a month here and each time we play it's a blast! The crowd is fun and interactive and the lighting behind the band is phenomenal! This venue has definitely been one of my favorites so far here in Nashville. Check out The WIldhorse Salloon at wildhorsesaloon.com/ and look for Southbound Honey on the calendar! 



Rock on,

Andre

Steinway in Nashville  

Hey guys!

This week I went and checked out the Steinway store here in Nashville. I've seen it many times but I haven't had the chance to go and browse. It was an awesome experience! I was the only one in the store and so I was able to play on numerous pianos. My dream piano is an all white full grand from Steinway and although they didn't have one in store, the salesman said it can easily be ordered. Score! Now I just need $100,000....haha. The salesman was really cool and let me play on the recital stage. I had my own little mini concert, it was cool! He also mentioned that his client includes Jack White from the White Stripes! How cool! He said that Jack's a really nice guy. Many other celebrities have shopped there and it was interesting to see all the autographed pictures. My favorite piano of the day was a black full grand priced at $165,000. Woah!! Totally worth it.....

Check out more info about Steinway Pianos at www.steinway.com/




Rock on,

Andre

Country Music Hall of Fame 

Hey guys!

This week my good buddy "Mirly" was in town and so we decided to go and check out the Country Music Hall of Fame! It was super cool and interesting to see all the memorabilia and to read about the history of country music. It was great to see some of my musical heroes like Lynyrd Skynyrd being represented in the museum. I was also very proud to see two recent Berklee alumni musicians represented in the museum both of whom I have either seen on campus or live in Nashville. Singer-songwriter, Charlie Worsham and Mandolin extraordinaire, Sierra Hull. It was a day full of guitars, cars, and everything in between! Really cool stuff and I would suggest for any music lover to check it out whenever they're in Nashville! You can find more information on the Country Music Hall of Fame at http://countrymusichalloffame.org/





















Rock on,

Andre

On the Road with Kris Hitchcock Band 

Hey all!

Super exciting news! I have just taken a gig to play bass with the Kris Hitchcock Band! This 4 piece band plays everything from classic country to classic rock to originals. It's primarily a road gig and we will be playing all summer/fall mostly on the weekends. We'll be traveling as north as Michigan and as south as Orlando. I'm super stoked! This week we travelled up to Indianapolis, Indiana to play the Tin Roof. We packed up the stereotypical musician van and made the four hour journey up there. Man, what a fun gig! The crowd was insane and really energetic. Crowds like that inspire me to want to perform better and be more entertaining. We sounded pretty tight considering it was the first time the four of us ever played together! Excited to continue the tour! You can check out more info about the Tin Roof at www.tinroofbars.com/




Rock on,

Andre

Nashville Symphony Plays Music of John Williams 

Hey guys!

This week I went to see the Nashville Symphony play the music of John Williams with my girlfriend. It was amazing! It was my first time at the beautiful Ascend Amphitheater in downtown Nashville. You can see the skyline while sitting in the lawn section of the theater. Super cool! The symphony played scores from such classic movies like Jurassic Park, E.T., Harry Potter, Jaws, Indiana Jones, and much more. We were a little concerned about the weather but the orchestra plays rain or shine so we figured we would take a chance. The weather was fine for the first half of the show but during intermission the rain started to come down. Good thing we used our blanket as a shield to cover us! All in all, it was a great evening of great music and even better company! Long live the Maestro! You can find more information about the Nashville Symphony Orchestra at www.nashvillesymphony.org/


Rock on,

Andre 

Cat Beach Band at Music City Bar and Tara Keith Band at Rippy's  

Hey everyone!

It's been a while since I've posted. I've been incredibly blessed by being busy playing music here in Nashville. This week, the Cat Beach band was asked to perform at  Music City Bar near Opryland for another event put on by "Women in Music". We had a great show playing a bunch of originals and a few soulful covers thrown in here and here. The new Cat Beach band consists of myself on lead guitar, Jason Cohen on drums, Kris Luis on bass, Lo Carter on background vocals, and my long time friend and roommate, Justin Lacey on keys. The dynamic and musicianship of this band is insane. It's so fun to play great music with your friends. I was super stoked to play because I just purchased a new amp after frying my old one at Tootsie's the night before. I got a Fender Hot Rod Deville which is a badass amp in my opinion. Going from solid state to tube is a huge difference in tone and volume. At the end of the night, the rhythm section got to just jam on the spot for a bit. We did some cool arrangements on "Superstition", "Ain't No Sunshine", and "Come Together". The bartenders liked us and asked for our information. Cool! Possible more bookings here. Check out Music City Bar at www.musiccitybar.com/

Next up was our gig at Rippy's on Broadway with the Tara Keith Band or what we like to call "Ninja Vs. Bear". This band is starting to get some buzz around town and we are climbing up the ladder by getting some really nice shifts and stages. This is an exciting time for the band because our bosses are starting to take notice of our stage shows and overall interaction with the audiences. With that said, we had a closing shift on the main stage. This week we are booked quite a bit with numerous closing shifts including one this coming Saturday on the main stage at Rippy's! Man, can't wait. It's going to be nuts. We had a fun show last night at Rippy's and it was great to play with the full band. The crowd was small but alive which made performing fun. Check out Rippy's on Broadway here: www.rippysbarandgrill.com/

All in all, I had a really fun day filled with music. I got to play both guitar and bass between the two gigs which is always fun for me. 


Rock on,

Andre

Cat Beach Band Premiere Weekend 

Hey guys!

This weekend was the premiere of a new project that I am involved in called the "Cat Beach Band". The band showcases an extremely talented blues singer-songwriter named Cat Beach and I am thrilled to be playing guitar for her band. This weekend we had a busy schedule starting with our first public performance as a group at a popular blues venue and barbecue joint called "Papa Turney's". It was our keyboard player's birthday and so the place was packed with fellow musicians. It was a great night and the band sounded great! The next day, we had an intimate acoustic trio performance sponsored by City II City at The Double Tree Hotel in Donelson, TN in which was streamed live. We were also given a fun interview talking about this project and our future goals. Later that day we were given an opportunity to perform inside the beautiful Music City Center in downtown Nashville for the "Women in Music" Southern Womans Show. It's a great convention in town that takes place yearly and it was an awesome experience all around. All in all, the Cat Beach Band had a smooth weekend premiere and we are all excited to continue performing! You can check out Cat Beach at catbeach.net/content/



Rock on,

Andre

My First National TV Music Placement: Say Yes to The Dress Atlanta 

Hey guys!

Very excited to announce that I got my first national t.v. music placement! I wrote additional music cues for Say Yes to The Dress Atlanta: Season 9 on TLC. It was honestly one of the most surreal experiences of my life to be watching a very popular television show and to recognize my original score in the background. So cool! This placement has really inspired me to continue scoring and hopefully get more placements in the future. My scoring setup here in Nashville is a lot more professional than when I was scoring at home in Philadelphia or at school in Boston, so I'm excited to get working again. To check out some more info about the show, you can click here: www.tlc.com/tv-shows/say-yes-to-the-dress-atlanta/


Rock on,

Andre

Pro Tools School Grand Opening at Thirteen Degrees Studio & Learning Center 

Hey guys!

Last weekend was the grand opening of the Pro Tools School at the studio I work at called Thirteen Degrees Studio & Learning Center. It was a twelve hour course on basic Pro Tools taught by Emmy award winning composer (and my boss) Ken Barken along with world-class engineer, Dave Dillbeck, who's credits including working with Disney, The Backstreet Boys, and Boyz II Men. The day started with everyone setting up their interfaces along with their blank Pro Tools session. Throughout the day, we learned about recording techniques and basic engineering methods while working on a project session in Pro Tools. It was extremely beneficial and I recommend this course to anybody trying to learn more about home rec

 

ording. I also played bass and laid down a slap funk groove to demonstrate how to record audio tracks in our project session. It was really fun! All in all, it was a great weekend of learning and spending time in a beautiful studio along with my two musician roommates, Jason and Justin. To learn more about course offerings at Thirteen Degrees Studio & Learning Center, you can click here: www.thirteendegrees.com/Courses_Overview/

Ken and I made a promo video of our weekend which you can watch below. The background track is an original track by Ken Barken and I was fortunate enough to be asked to lay down some lead and rhythm guitar work. Enjoy!



Pictures of the studio courtesy of Don Ulrich Photography:




Rock on,

Andre
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