Andy plays the fiddle/violin, viola, and mandolin. His roots are deeply classically bred as evidenced by his role as Concertmaster of the Purdue University Symphony Orchestra, but he started venturing out at an early age, playing the fiddle in bands that covered genres from bluegrass to hard rock and most everything in between.
He has traveled the globe with his fiddle and has had the privilege of creating music with harmonica great Lee Oskar of War, Chuck Garvey of moe., Future Man of Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, acclaimed classical vocalist Daniel Rodriguez, and many others. While highly revering his violin/fiddle heroes Mark O’Connor, Stephane Grappelli, and Jean Luc Ponty, Andy draws much of his style from guitarists such as Trey Anastasio, David Gilmour, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Feeding off the energy of the band and the energy reciprocated by the fans, he delivers an intense aural outpouring of improvised melodies night after night.
Andy would like to sincerely thank all that have taught, guided, and influenced him on his musical journey, most notably Marianela McCammon, Tammy Ringas, Jonathan Leight, Brian Breed, Jay Gephart, Kevin Purcell, Hello Dave, his beautiful wife Carley, Uncle Mike, and of course, Mom & Dad.
Dog 1 is a Chicago-based bluegrass band. Instrumentation consists of the fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar & upright bass. At first glance, Dog 1 may appear to be new to the scene, but each member of the group is a seasoned performer and top-notch musician. Formed in 2011, the band is based in the roots of traditional bluegrass music while pushing the boundaries and incorporating other styles into their sound. Their shows range from laid-back and intimate to a high lonesome, high energy, good time atmosphere so there’s a little bit for everyone.
Considered by many to be in a class all of its own, Chicago-based quintet Leadfoot combines styles of blues, bluegrass, funk, jazz, folk, and rock with lightning fast delivery, melodic textural melodies, and tight 3 part harmonies to excite the senses and leave listeners with a sense of excitement and curious wonder. Reformed in 2011 after more than a five-year hiatus, they have picked up steam and spread the wings of possibility, pushing their hard-driving, high-octane brand of face-melting sonic bliss farther than before. The band's lineup includes Steve Haberichter on mandolin, Mike Vanier on acoustic guitar, new addition Andy Ohlrich on fiddle, and the rock solid rhythm section of Garrett 'Geebs' Degnan on bass and Mike Holtz on a minimalist drum set. The Leadfoot Band's multi-dimensional grooves vary from intense, to pocket groove, to two-steppin', to straight bluegrass and Newgrass, to plain outright headbanging. The band has played all around the Midwest from Michigan to the Rocky Mountains, playing with such artists as Sam Bush, Railroad Earth, Drew Emmitt Band, Darol Anger, Split Lip Rayfield, Acoustic Hot Tuna, Bill Nershi of String Cheese Incident, Hot Buttered Rum, Particle, Jeff Austin & Dave Johnston of Yonder Mountain String Band, Vince Welnick Band, Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, Sarah Watkins of Nickel Creek, The Special Consensus, and The Iguanas - to name a handful.
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