After releasing his EP "My Kind of People" back in January featuring the great Tracey Lawrence, Andy is back, exploding into the summer months with another heater, "Temporary Tattoo". I myself don't have any tattoos, but I do remember a time where I had a girl around my arm I thought I was going to marry. I was thinking a tattoo with our names would look good... now looking back I'm quite happy I don't have her name inked permanently on my arm... small victories, am I right?
Get to Know Andy
Andy originally is from Asheville, North Carolina and now resides in Music City. He started playing instruments and singing at an early age and quickly discovered his passion for music. Growing up Andy played Bluegrass and soon translated over to Country Music. At 16 he learned to play guitar and began writing songs. Andy was then able to land several songs on the TV drama Justified , as a part of the Cumberland River Band. His resumé continued to grow. In college, Andy joined the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band where he was able to get a glimpse of touring, as they opened shows for some prestigious names such as Ricky Skaggs. As time when on, Andy was a part of a Southern Rock band that was able to tour with some of the greats like Marshall Tucker Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd & Blackberry Smoke. Right when you thought there would be a dull moment, Andy then went on to appear on season 9 of The Voice. The appearance on The Voice opened doors for Andy in Nashville, setting up co-writes and making connections. Andy recently signed a deal with Stepside Records.
Kick your summer in gear with "Temporary Tattoo"
This isn't the song we wanted during quarantine... it's the song the Country Music world needed. This song is filled with reminiscing on the days of being young & crazy and your teenage years wouldn't be complete without the one that got away. Some may reminisce about that perfect lover but I'm currently reminiscing about what it's like to go into a bar at full capacity and not having to wear a face mask everywhere... someday. Andy has a voice packed with soul and passion with lines like "It's almost like it never happened, but when that song comes on girl, I know every line." and "wild and crazy phase you were goin' through, barb wire 'round a breaking heart with a fading I love you". You will have this jam-orama on replay... ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? Instant hit.
Q & A With Andy Buckner
Q: What was the "light bulb" moment where you knew you wanted to pursue music full-time?
A: "My cousin Josh was a grammy award winning fiddle player and we've had music in my family, so I grew up around it. It was a light bulb moment when I was a kid - being around him, that aura. I thought he was really cool and always wanted to be with him and I learned how to play a bunch of instruments that were just laying around. That aspect of making music and making friends - music just brings you around a bunch of different people that you can connect to even if you think you'll have nothing to talk about."
Q: What is one of the craziest things you've ever done?
A: "I climbed a crane one time. We climbed it in downtown Nashville, to see the view. We went all the way out to the catwalk, it was sketchy, but for sure crazy. It was awesome, you could see all of Nashville, it was high. I was at a party with some of my friends and it got busted, and one of my buddies was like "hey, you want to go climb a crane?", so we did."
Q: Favorite thing about being on the road touring?
A: "People, food and travel. I love meeting new people and where the locals hangout in their towns. It's great visiting the spots they eat, hang and drink. Also, the different cultures in different areas, that's my favorite thing is interacting with people from each of these towns."
Q: Favorite thing about Nashville?
A: "There is so many things I love about Nashville, but it would have to be my friends and interacting with everyone in music. The down time... when we get to hangout with each other and being at places like Red Door and Loser's. Those spots are some of my favorites."
Q: Something you thought was cool when you were younger that is definitely out of style now?
A: "I would say... dude, you know the hairstyle where you would spike it in the front, looks like a skateboard ramp, that was so lame, or the shaggy hairstyle. That's what everyone had back in high school."
If you haven't already, head over to your favorite streaming platform and take a listen to Andy's EP featuring Tracy Lawrence "My Kind of People"... will caution you, top to bottom, only bangers, so be prepared.