Andy Sydow

  • Band / Solo Performer
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Americana, Blues, Singer songwriter, Boogie Woogie AAA, Funk, Rock, Dixieland, Southern rock, Jazz, Folk and Traditional, Folk rock More...


Denver CO United States

Sounds Like

Jackie Greene, John Hiatt, Keb' Mo', Anders Osborne and Dr. John.

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Member since: 03/06/2014 Year Founded: 2009


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Andy Sydow




  • Original material: 03 hrs : 00 min
  • Average Draw: 75
  • Largest crowd: 2,000
  • Have sound: No PA
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  • CDs released: 1
  • CDs sold: 200
  • Digital songs sold: 100


Andy Sydow is a true treasure of Denver's rapidly growing music scene. His music dabbles in Americana, swampy Blues slide guitar, Southern Rock, Folk and Singer/Songwriter, all tied together by his heavy New Orleans influence. "I've loved music since I was a little kid, but it was seeing those southern New Orleans and Mississippi guys that really changed the game for me. When I saw guys like Henry Butler, Anders Osborne and North Mississippi Allstars, my passion for music was met on an entirely different level."

Sydow started playing the piano when he was barely old enough to walk and started taking lessons in the fourth grade. He added on saxophone in fifth, and guitar and harmonica a few years later. After graduating high school, Sydow attended the University of Colorado at Denver, majoring in Music Performance with an emphasis in Jazz Piano. He performed in the schools signature traditional jazz ensemble, the Claim Jumpers for three years, and was the band leader for two.

It was during his college years that he began playing around town regularly both as a solo act and with his full band. He gained a following playing at South Moe's BBQ & Bowl in Englewood. After playing a handful of shows there, he eventually started headlining shows and opening up for national acts. Moe's, along with the Toad Tavern in Littleton are still Sydow's favorite places to play in the Denver area.

In 2012 he shared the stage with the likes of Delbert McClinton, Dick Dale and Bob Margolin, the ladder of whom was so impressed by his playing that he invited Sydow to sit in with his band for part of the night. When Margolin returned at the end of the same year, he invited Sydow to play piano with his band all night at Lincoln's Roadhouse in Denver. Sydow also performed with his band at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Music Festival, doing opening sets for both Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Kid Rock. He also performed a set in KBCO's Studio C at the end of the year.

2013 has proved to be an even bigger year for Sydow, as he has gained a regional reputation both as a player and as a songwriter amongst the blues/americana crowd. Some notable sets include opening for Dick Dale, Samantha Fish, Tinsley Ellis, and Johnny Hickman of Cracker. He also had the honor of sharing the stage with the likes of Janiva Magness and John Nemeth at the historic Zoo Bar in Lincoln, NE. He performed constantly through the summer, including making appearances at numerous festivals up to the release of his debut self-tittled album at the end of August.

The end of 2013 and into 2014 will see some bigger performances from Sydow, more tour dates and some new recordings!

Scene Magazine

February 01, 2014
Scene Magazine

While Andy Sydow holds true to the sound of his Midwestern upbringing, it’s evident that his heart comes from the South. Sydow’s 2013 self-titled album peppers in a good deal of Americana, bluegrass and folk, though consistently returns to the deep attraction of New Orleans jazz piano and the Southern blues. Even “Mountain Town,” a façade of banjo- and mandolin-driven folk rock, subtly incorporates a jazz clarinet and the greatly satisfying staccato bursts of sousaphone. There is nothing subtle, however, a song later (“Whiskey Blues”) Sydow demonstrates his inclinations toward Fats and Dr. John on piano, followed by Armando Lopez on tenor sax. It isn’t until “Find Me Baby” that Lopez illustrates his incredible potential during an extraordinary saxophone-led jam to finish the song, surely taking a page from the live shows of Galactic or JJ Grey and Mofro. The Southern-influenced style that Sydow and his live band of extremely talented musicians bring to the table of Denver’s ever-growing music scene is something worth checking out.


January 09, 2014
Jon Solomon

After listening to the first few songs of his self-titled debut, it's clear that Andy Sydow is no one-trick pony; a multi-instrumentalist, he's also well versed in a number of genres. Sydow kicks the album off with the Americana-steeped "Soul Searchin'," which shares a passing resemblance to Billy Bragg & Wilco's "Airline to Heaven." Elsewhere, he displays an affinity for the Mississippi Delta with the swampy blues of "I Sold My Soul to Robert Johnson" and "Find Me Baby"; delves into jazz with the slinky "Trying to Let Go"; puts a New Orleans spin on "Whiskey Blues"; and seems to channel both Randy Newman and Dr. John on "You're Gonna Want Me Back." But even though Sydow mixes styles throughout the disc, he seems quite comfortable in all of them.

Colorado Music Buzz

September 01, 2013
Tim Wenger

Andy Sydow is dropping a new album, and has big plans for the future. The record was dropped August 23 at Moe’s BBQ in Englewood, followed in September by a mini tour to Nebraska.

As a graduate of CU Denver’s Jazz Piano Music Performance program, Sydow was able to make connections in the industry that helped him make this record happen. “Basically through school, I got together with this guy Anthony Catalano and we started doing some pre-production stuff,” Sydow says. “We focused for a while on narrowing down which songs to do, I was writing some new ones and throwing the old ones out. Last summer, we got into the studio and had our first session for this album.”

The recording took place at Elevation Sound Studios in Westminster. “We had our first session live with the tuba sax and drums, did five or six tracks. We listened to that, made new charts, new arrangements, and went back in January and just did all fourteen tracks live and then went back and did a bunch of overdubs.” He chose this studio because of Catalano, who works with the studio.

Sydow has made a name for himself through consistent live performances. He has had the opportunity, through getting himself involved at one of Denver’s most notable small venues, to share the stage with some big names. “I started off working with Moe’s BBQ,” says Sydow. “We got in there opening for a buddy one night and I begged all my friends to go. I developed a good relationship over there, that was where I probably played my first half a dozen shows as a band a few years ago. Eventually we had a reputation there and people would come see us there.”

The successful shows at Moe’s and relationship with talent buyer Danny Sax led Sydow and his band to be booked at larger venues. “And then from that, we were able to open for a couple national acts,” Sydow says. “Delbert McClinton, Dick Dale.” Sydow has also shared the stage with Michael Franti and Spearhead and Kid Rock.

His style is heavily influenced by the New Orleans sound, with hints of Americana, folk and blues all seeping through rock overtones. He takes his influence from artists who have defined the genre and have been around for years. “The music always comes a little easier than the lyrics,” says Sydow. “When I was in my early and mid-teens, I thought I wanted to be Bob Dylan like everybody else. And then I found guys like Jackie Greene, Anders Osborne, Warren Z Vaughn.”


Colorado Music Buzz

June 01, 2012
Corey Blecha

On May 10, Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter, Delbert McClinton, made his way through town for a show at the Gothic Theatre, proving once again why he has secured a place in the hearts of so many people in this country. With his all-too-real stories of failures and fortunes, love and loneliness, and a long history of playing his bluesy music across the globe, “Del” has been riding a wave of success for what seems like decades now, and his stop in Denver showed that he’s definitely still got it!

Opening up the night were locals, Robby Peoples, and Andy Sydow, both of whom did a great job getting the middle-aged crowd warmed up for an amazing night of music. The biggest surprise of the night was seeing 20-year-old Andy Sydow, and his backing band of some of Denver’s best young musicians, rock the nearly sold-out crowd in the set just prior to Delbert’s. Sydow has a charismatic stage presence, and is an excellent songwriter, showing character beyond his years in both his lyrics and playing ability. With influences ranging from deep-south slide guitar, to jazz and funk, his songs take on an accessible, Americana feel, and he breathes life into traditional styles of music that allows for a new generation of fans, while still appealing to older-generations that grew up with blues, rock n’ roll, and folk music.

When McClinton hit the stage, the place was packed, and he did not disappoint the patient attendees, who waited all night to see him in action. I think Sydow said it best when he introduced him, “Delbert is a baaad dude, get ready Denver!”

He couldn’t have been more spot-on, as McClinton came out with all the old hits, delivering them with the cool and calm, yet completely badass demeanor, that only he can balance. Pulling songs deep from his catalog, as well as bringing some new ones from his latest album, Acquired Taste, to keep things contemporary, Del and the band ripped through a set that sounded like they were 20 years old again, surprising anyone expecting a rusty performance!

The night was capped off with a heartfelt thank you to the Denver crowd, a city that has always supported Del and been able to relate to his stories of life in Middle America. People went into the night looking to hear some old tunes, and I think many of them got more than they bargained for with the amazing young openers, and a refreshing look at some of McClinton’s biggest hits, and then some! Stay tuned for what he has next, and keep your ears open for the young stars of the night, as they all have plenty planned for the upcoming summer season, including more shows right here in Denver!


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