Andy's Story

Andy Sneed grew up in the small town of Oxford, North Carolina.  Now based in East Tennessee, he is known for a powerful singing voice and songs that can be funny, thought-provoking, and touching all at once. Steve Wildsmith of The Maryville-Alcoa Daily Times described Andy's music this way: [A] style that draws on the jangly college-rock of R.E.M. and various folk singer-songwriters like Pete Townsend of The Who, artists whose sound is more upbeat than dour.... His voice ranges from the gentle croon of David Wilcox to the hiccuping bounce of David Byrne."   And this: "In recent years, he’s been drawn to fellow tunesmiths like Jason Isbell and Robert Ellis, and...he’s focused on painting pictures in his songs more than fixating on clever rhymes."

As a kid, Andy delivered newspapers and was in the Methodist children's choir, and later formed a punk band with his best friends.  (You can get more of the musical back-story by reading the lyrics to "White Plastic General Electric" on the Words page.) He started out playing drums but pretty soon switched to guitar because (1) honestly, he wasn't that good at drums, and (2) guitar worked better for writing and singing songs.  He's been writing and performing music in various settings ever since.  





In the last several years, Andy's music has been getting considerable attention. His song "Everything I Say" received an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival, and he was invited to perform the same song in the 2013 Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival in Abingdon, VA. His song "Another Day at the KFC" was a finalist in the 2014 Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival, and he was invited to perform a set of his songs at the 2015 Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival.  He's played numerous solo shows, songwriter circles, and sets at large events in the Knoxville, TN area, where listeners consistently enjoy hearing him.  Steve Wildsmith 

Andy has self-produced a couple of collections of "deluxe home recordings" which are available through CDBaby and streaming sites.  In 2015, he did guitar + voice studio demos of a few of his songs, and you can hear those on the Music page. He'll be doing more recording and will post new tunes as they're completed. Andy loves to play live and is getting ready for upcoming shows.  So explore the rest of the site to learn more, join the email list for updates, and contact him to book a show or just to say hi.