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Andy Fairweather Low & the Lowriders
When Andy Fairweather Low released ‘Sweet Soulful Music’ on Monday 14th August 2006 it was his first solo album in 26 years. Yet this is no simple ‘comeback’ story -
He has a magnificent CV. Throughout his momentous career, Fairweather Low has played with such artists as Bob Dylan, Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, David Crosby, The Band, Richard and Linda Thompson, Dave Gilmour, The Who, BB King, Joe Cocker, Steve Winwood, Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn, Jimmy Page, Ronnie Lane, Linda Ronstadt, Roddy Frame, Emmylou Harris, Joe Satriani, the Bee Gees, Jeff Beck, The Impressions, Lonnie Donegan, Ringo Starr, Steve Gadd, David Sanborn, Benmont Tench, Warren Zevon, Charlie Watts, Mary J. Blige, Dave Edmunds, Georgie Fame, Bonnie Raitt, Otis Rush, Phil Collins, Van Morrison, Gerry Rafferty, Chris Rea, Buddy Guy, Chris Barber, Jackson Browne, Bill Wyman, Sheryl Crow, Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown, Pete Townshend and hundreds more.
Quite simply, Andy Fairweather Low has been – and continues to be -
By the following year Amen Corner had split, with Andy Fairweather Low escaping the teenybop grind by forming the simply named Fairweather, a band signed to RCA’s shiny new progressive label, Neon. Fairweather reached number six in the UK singles chart with ‘Natural Sinner’ during the summer of 1970.
It was to be, however, the band’s only hit. One album later and Fairweather came to an end. Andy Fairweather Low then became somewhat of a refugee from the music business, eventually emerging three years later as a solo artist with an album called ‘Spider Jiving’ on A&M.
The album was produced by Elliot Mazer – best known for his work with Neil Young – and featured some heavyweight backup support from the likes of the Memphis Horns and Nashville legend Charlie McCoy on harmonica. ‘Spider Jiving’ included the wah-
Andy Fairweather Low was on something of a roll. The following year, 1975, he released his second solo album, ‘La Booga Rooga’, which eventually emerged as his most successful record. Produced by the celebrated Glyn Johns – at that time fresh from working with The Eagles – ‘La Booga Rooga’ featured such stellar musicians as ex-
Johns was also at the helm for ‘Be Bop ‘n’ Holla’, Fairweather Low’s 1976 album. It was followed, in 1980, by ‘Mega-
That work with The Who set the direction for Fairweather Low’s next moves. He became the ultimate Guitarist to the Stars, building an extraordinary reputation that has endured to this day.
Most notably, Fairweather Low has been a stalwart of Eric Clapton’s band since the early-
Fairweather Low was also a regular player with George Harrison, appearing on his ‘Live in Japan’ album and, in 2002, playing several of the lead guitar parts for the Harrison tribute, ‘The Concert for George’.
One of Fairweather Low’s longest musical relationships, however, has been with Roger Waters. The two have worked together since Waters’ ‘Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking’ tour of America in 1985. Since that time Fairweather Low has contributed to two of Waters’ albums – ‘Radio K.A.O.S’ in 1987 and ‘Amused to Death’ in 1992 – and played guitar and bass on the 1999-
Fairweather Low was also a regular member of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, the consequence of another relationship that stretches back to the mid-
But perhaps it was inevitable that one day Fairweather Low would be tempted to return to the studio in his own right. That time has come.
‘Sweet Soulful Music’ reunites Fairweather Low with producer Glyn Johns -
October 2007 saw Andy touring solo again in the UK with his own all star band containing Chris Stainton – Keyboards, Dave Bronze – Bass and Paul Beavis – Drums. One of the shows was filmed and the resulting DVD is released in June 2008 closely following the TV advertised release of his new album – The Very Best Of Andy Fairweather Low – The Low Rider.
Further tours in 2008 & 2009 cemented Andy’s position in the UK as a live touring band and he won many new friends whilst opening shows with the band for Robert Cray, Dennis Locorriere & latterly Eric Clapton on their UK tours.
The permanent line up of his band The Low Riders is Paul Beavis – Drums, Dave Bronze – Bass & Vocals & Nick Pentelow -
Andy & The Lowriders opened the shows on the 2011 UK Eric Clapton UK Tour and a live CD called ‘ Lively ‘ was released later that year. They were in the studio again in 2012 and ‘ Zone O Tone ‘ their new CD was released that Summer on Proper Records.
2013 saw Andy & The band opening the shows on Eric’s European tour headline The Americana Festival and complete their first tour in Japan with 8 shows in Tokyo.
Their UK Autumn 2013 tour in support of the Zone O Tone was so well received that further early Spring dates in 2014 were added in the UK and Germany and 2014 itself started with the band on Bob Harris’ rock show playing in session and when the band came back from Germany where they had built upon previous tours they appeared for two nights as guests in an all star cast celebrating Albert Lee’s 70th birthday at The Cadogan Hall, London where they were also enlisted as the house band for a number of household names.
Their UK Spring touring cemented in a growing UK fanbase too and then Andy and Dave Bronze picked up touring again as members of Eric Clapton’s band and for good measure Andy himself took part, playing guitar, in a special all star re-
In May 2015 they were included as opening act for Eric’s 70th birthday shows and so plyed two shows at Madison Square Garden and seven shows at The Royal Albert Hall.
Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders will be back in your town again this year. A riotous sold out show at The New Theatre in Andy’s home town Cardiff was filmed on their Autumn 2014 tour and there will be a DVD / TV release. with a double live CD in August 2015.
They will also be touring in Germany, Japan, the UK, Ireland and Estonia.
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