Veteran West Coast musician Andy Santana is a smooth, dynamic vocalist and harmonica player with a sophisticated urban style. With thirty years of professional experience, he is also an accomplished songwriter/guitarist with an unusual gift for lyrics and is proficient at creating powerful melodies.
Andy always surrounds himself with top west coast musicians. As a result, Andyâ€™s band has been chosen as the house/backup band for many Blues legends. The following list of venues and legendary Blues musicians he has backed or toured with speaks for itself. They include, The Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans with CP Love, host band at the Bammies backing rock and roll Hall of Famer "Booker T. Washington," Joe Louis Walker, the Gospel Humming Birds and the amazing Bonnie Raitt. For 5 years running he was chosen as the host band for the "Hollywood Hall of Fame Fest." There he backed legendary Chicago Blues musicians, Willie Dixon, Jimmy Rogers, Luther Tucker, Billy Boy Arnold, Freddie Robinson, Dave Myers, Cary Bell and west coast artists Rusty Zinn, William Clarke and King Ernest.
Andy and his band were featured artists at the "Santa Cruz Blues Fest" backing New Orleans legend Earl King. As the host band at Moeâ€™s Alley they backed Joe Huston, Lou Ann Barton, Jimmy Thackery, CoCo Montoya, Tommy Castro, Chris Cain, and Sista Monica. In addition, Andyâ€™s band backed Nappy Brown (Night Time is the Right Time) at the San Francisco Blues Fest. Andy has recorded and toured with cult legend Junior Watson and "Austinâ€™s first lady of the Blues," Angela Strehli. Here is a partial list of venues Andy has had the honor of performing:
Venues and Festivals
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
San Jose Jazz Fest
Santa Cruz Blues Festival (5 times)
Monterey Blues Fest (2 times)
San Francisco Blues Festival (4 times)
Portland Waterfront Blues Fest
Black Diamond Blues Fest
Houston Blues Festival
Monterey Jazz Festival (4 times)
Moulin Blues Fest, Belgium
Sacramento Blues Fest
Belgium Blues Nites Fest
Monterey Pop Festival
Battle of the Harmonicas (2 times)
Dallas Blues Fest
Andy Santana is a consummate professional, has a great stage presence, and is one of the nicest and humblest musicians on the circuit. He also as a producer, recently completed soul great Jackie Payneâ€™s latest CD for Delta Groove Productions.
Andyâ€™s CD, "Take Me With You" is long overdue and showcases some of the best west coast musicians. Each musician has their own distinctive style and philosophy of American Roots music and on "Take Me With You" it all comes together in an unforgettable way.