A transient soul suited by temperament to the troubadour's lifestyle, Andrews worked in carnivals and canneries, even planted trees, while gathering stories for his working man's Americana. His original inspiration was singer-songwriter Greg Brown, fueling a similar style of story-songs evoking wayward wanderers, wistful high school reunions and the tense space between the "Dollar and the Dream." Prior to the release of his full-length debut Sunday Shoes, Andrews lived in New Mexico, but moved to Manhattan shortly thereafter. His recent follow-up, Off-Track Betting, bears the imprint of his new home more in its sound than the songs' characters--still dispirited yet hopeful souls who would be right at home as extras on a Springsteen track. The debut's traditional country-folk arrangements are now paired with ambient electronic clatter and buzz--New York street sounds bleeding into the ramshackle swing once owned by Tom Waits.
Wed., Sept. 17, 9 p.m., 2008