Andy J Forest Band
Born Washington State in 1955, but his family moved to Southern California when Andy was just a few weeks old. In the 1960’s and early 1970’s Los Angeles area had a lot of great blues like George Smith, Rod Piazza, Charlie Musselwhite and a lot of others. These were Andy’s first influences. In 1975 at the age of 19 he went to New Orleans for Mardi Gras but wound up staying. There he was able to sit in with Earl King, James Booker, Dave Malone and many other local greats. He went to Europe to see the sights but when he ran out of money he quickly learned that he could get by playing Harmonica. At first on the Streets of Paris and Barcelona with an African guitar player (Tao Ravao) and later he did some sound tracks for films, played in clubs and then festivals and theaters. He wound up in Italy in 1979. ten days turned into ten years. Between 1985 and 1990 Forest acted in a dozen films shot in Italy, Morocco, Brazil, Venezuela and Croatia. Sometimes lead roles. But he never stopped playing. Andy has been playing harmonica and singing professionally since 1977. He has recorded 22 albums and two 45s. These recordings feature mostly Forest’s original songs. After living in Europe for ten years he returned to his home New Orleans in 1991 where he plays in clubs and goes on tour in Europe and Canada occasionally. He has played on stage with B.B. King, Bobby Blue Bland, James Cotton, Luther Allison, Johnny Shines, Champion Jack DuPree, James Booker and many other greats of the Blues. He has written scores of songs, one novel which was published in 3 languages (“Letter From Hell”) He also paints “outside” art, mostly of blues and jazz singers. Andy’s CD “Real Stories: of Love Labor and Other Man-Made Catastrophes” for Slang Records won “Best Blues Album” of 2007 in the Best of The Beat Awards of New Orleans. The 2011 CD “NOtown Story: The Triumph of Turmoil” was nominated for another Best of The Beat Award for 2010. The latest CDs are “Other Rooms” and “Word Shadows & Ghost Notes."