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    Kick the tires!

    Just launched the brand new site, and hopefully it’s working for you. I’d especially love to hear if you saw this post somewhere else, like Facebook or Twitter.

    I’ve shuffled some things around, and muddled through some real nerdy stuff to make it cleaner and more user-friendly. The whole point of which is to better share some music with you.

    You might notice that the most recent blog post before this is from 2012. I had abandoned the blog portion of this site for quite some time, trying to find other ways of getting news and info onto various platforms. I finally gave up and committed to doing it this way.

    Why? I’ve been listening to a lot of Seth Godin lately, and I completely agree that shipping is the most important thing. Not getting it perfect before you leap. Finished is always better than perfect.

    So hop in and let’s see if we can get this thing moving.

    As always, thank you for listening.

    Photo credit: Rita Dittrich

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    2012 in Review for Andy Ard Music

    The year started with a new album well under way, hindered by a few inconveniently timed bouts of bronchitis. The songs kept coming, though, and in June “How Easy It Is” finally hit the shelves. It’s my first full-length solo album, and I produced the whole thing in the bat cave that is my studio.

    I entered the title track, “How Easy It Is”, into the Durango Songwriter’s Expo “Write With A Hit-Maker” contest and won the pop category! I performed the song along with James Jacoby on tuba and Rachel Pearl on vocals at the October Durango showcase. While at the Expo, I got to write a song with Adam Zelkind, and you’ll hear more about that in 2013. In light of all the other things happening for me musically, though, this one was a huge shot in the arm.

    I had another song get picked up by a recording artist, but I can’t yet spill the details on that. More in the spring.

    I had some fun cowrites with some fantastic songwriters, among them Lee Johnson, Lauren Brombert, Jeff Zacharski, John Bunzli and Chris Webb. Now I need to figure out how to get all these songs out there.

    I started work on an album of children’s music that parents can tolerate. The first track is “Let Mama Sleep a Little Longer”, to be recorded by Micah Guy and the merry band Yo Mamas and Papas. A live version of the song is available already on Archive.org.

    I recorded an EP with Melle Johnson (as Von Melee) called “Quantum Folk“, with six tracks we whooped up as an extension of our participation in the Immersion Composition Society. The eclectic mix of songs was a welcome excursion out of my usual pop-rock environs.

    In October, Melissa Axel, James Jacoby and Kailin Yong occupied the studio for a few days to track several songs that involved tuba, piano and clarinet. It was an altogether charming experience, and I’m looking forward to hearing the final project.

    Going on two years now with funk-soul-r&b band PJ Zahn, I’m having such a great time with them that I’ve just about stopped doing solo gigs. We performed at the People’s Fair in June, Make Music Denver on June 21 downtown, various clubs, private parties and weddings, and we’re now planning on recording an original album together.

    We’ve both forgotten how long ago we actually started, but Jill Teas and I have been performing together in an acoustic duo for about nine years. Parties, clubs, weddings, festivals, Red Rocks… This coming year looks toward us finding a regular spot to play some tunes.

    The next album is already begun, and is decidedly more uptempo. The batch of songs is in the dozens, and will be whittled down through rewriting and recording as the theme takes shape.

    In December, I had the privilege of playing the third of the exquisite Katey Laurel‘s “Denver Dozen” songwriter showcases, this one at the Soiled Dove.

    2013 will mark the tenth anniversary of the collection of string & piano music I composed for online tours of the White House for the White House Historical Association. I’ve been working on rearranging those for rerelease, as the originals were produced for compressed animated segments. Ideally, I’d like to have them recorded with a real orchestra. Maybe this is the year.

    I continue to serve on the board of directors for the Colorado Music Business Organization (COMBO) as vice president. We’re focused on ways of helping music artists build career paths for themselves, a goal in which I am personally vested.

    This year began a new venture with fellow musicians and industry personnel June McHugh (Ash Street Music Publishing) and Alex Rodriguez. We’re creating an infrastructure for independent artists to be self-employed in music. Seeing a pattern here?

    2012 was a year of mostly ups, and the downs were instructive. I’m looking forward to 2013 because of some hard-earned momentum, and I’m excited about working with all of the people I mentioned and more.

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    Andy wins Write With a Hit-Maker Contest!

    My song, “How Easy It Is” won the Pop/Film/TV category of the Write With a Hit-Maker competition, and it is quite an honor. At this weekend’s Durango Songwriter’s Expo I will be meeting with composer Adam Zelkind and we’ll write another big hit!

    Congratulations to Frank Maroney, who won the Country category. It is an honor to be among such amazing talent. Go have a listen to all the songs. They’re amazing!

    COUNTRY WINNER:

    “Just To Say We Did” – Frank Maroney

    RUNNERS UP:

    “Bringing Me Back To Life” – Donna Valentine
    “Without A Doubt” – Josh Tangney
    “Backwards” – Scott Miller

     

    POP/FILM/TV WINNER:

    “How Easy It Is” – Andy Ard

    RUNNERS UP:

    “Only One You” – Billy Schafer
    “Slo Mo” – “Rachel James”
    “You” – Diane Waters

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    “How Easy It Is” by Andy Ard

    Recorded entirely in my underground bunker studio, this little bundle of songs represents several transformations – as a songwriter, as a recording engineer, as a musician, as a project manager, a father and husband, ex-couch potato, seeker of zen, what have you.

    I started out with the simple mantra “music for people who want to be happier”, and this is the result. I hope it can in some small way help you on that journey.

    If you enjoy the music, please share it! Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, mix tape, it’s all good.

    Thank you for listening!

  • events

    Andy Ard performing at 2012 Streetmosphere, Ft. Collins

    I’m thrilled to be selected to play this summer’s Streetmosphere, a summer-long festival in which Ft. Collins becomes a stage. More details to follow, but I already have the dates:

    • Saturday, May 19 – Moe’s BBQ, 12:30-3:30 pm
    • Sunday, June 24 – Ingredient, 12:30-3:30 pm
    • Sunday, July 1 – Moe’s BBQ, 12:30-3:30 pm
    • Saturday, July 14 – Ingredient, 1-4 pm
    • Sunday, July 22 – Ingredient, 12:30-3:30 pm

    http://www.beetstreet.org/streetmosphere

     

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    “Baby Don’t Care” on Radio Seagull in the Netherlands

    This was some unexpected and very pleasant news… Carmen Allgood at http://www.worldwidewavez.com/ told me that one of my tracks from her Indie Music Wave show got picked up by program director Stevie Gordon for his show at Radio Seagull.

    Broadcasting from the ship the ‘Jenni Baynton’ moored in Harlingen Harbour in the Netherlands, Radio Seagull can be heard on 1602 KHz AM in the Netherlands, across the North Sea and along the East Coast of England.

    Guess I’ll have to go play over in Europe now!

  • events

    Andy Ard & Tage Plantell at Summer Denver BrewFest – Friday, July 22

    Look for Andy & Tage during the VIP Session (6 – 7 PM).

    VIP Power Hour!

    Get first taste of great brews with this exclusive, limited admittance VIP hour with MouCo cheese sampling and beer pairing
    Price includes GA admission
    $40 advance/$45 day of event
    http://www.denverbrewfest.com/summer/index.html

    Right after us is Bop Skizzum!

     

    About the Festival:

    The Summer Brew Fest at Mile High Station will celebrate craft beverages from around Colorado and other U.S. microbrews and feature; live local music, food, and other vendors. This event benefits Swallow Hill Music Association.
    Swallow Hill serves a large community with instruction and performance of musical art forms such as folk, blues, bluegrass, Celtic, jazz, world, roots, and dance.

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    A Celebration of American Songs – Swallow Hill, Friday, July 1st

    Kick off your Independence Day weekend with a celebration of quintessential American songs performed by Trinity Demask, Andy Ard, Lauren Brombert and Steve Jantzen. From immigrant influences, America’s musical legacy was defined by the blending of cultures, rhythms, and experiences. What emerged over two centuries are musical genres and stories that weave a tapestry as colorful and vibrant as the nation’s people. Trinity and friends will share their own interpretations of folk, country, blues, and jazz tunes that are both timeless and distinctly American.

    Tickets $10 advance/$12 day-of-show, $2 discount for SH members
    Purchase tickets by phone: 303-777-1003
    Purchase tickets through Swallow Hill website here:
    http://events.swallowhill.com/default.asp?SearchMonth=7&monthsubmit=x&MV=7

    Connect to this event through Facebook:
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=lf#!/event.php?eid=137327569678374

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    Andy & the Dangsayers at the People’s Fair this Saturday, June 4!

    CHUN Capitol Hill People’s Fair
    June 4 and 5, 2011
    Civic Center Park
    Denver, Colorado
    Saturday – 10am to 8pm
    Sunday – 10am to 7pm
    FREE Admission! 
    Andy and his ragtag band of Dangsayers (Steve Millin – Bass & Carl Sorensen – Drums) take the Muve Music Stage on Saturday, June 4 at 3:40 pm. That’s going to be at the corner of Broadway and 14th, but make a weekend of it and get down there to see more of the 130 or so artists performing all day Saturday and Sunday!

    We made a little video to preview some of the songs we’ll be playing. Enjoy!