Blues Bear Hawaii is proud to announce that guitar virtuoso Andy McKee, a master practitioner of folk, blues, bluegrass and other musical genres will be performing in Hawaii May 29 - June 1, 2019.
Andy McKee is among the world’s finest acoustic guitarists. His youthful energy and attention to song structure and melodic content elevates him above the rest. He entertains both the eye and the ear as he magically transforms the steel string guitar into a full orchestra via his use of altered tunings, tapping, partial capos, percussive hits and a signature two-handed technique.
McKee’s crossover success has helped him to achieve millions upon millions of YouTube viewers, underscoring his emergence as one of today’s most unique and influential artists. He has been featured as a cover story in both Acoustic Guitar Magazine in the U.S. and Acoustic Magazine in the UK, and is also the figurehead of the unique Guitar Masters tours. McKee’s tour dates have taken him through Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, including tours with legendary acts including Prince and Dream Theater.
Live performances of Andy’s have become a point of fascination with his loyal followers. So, in late 2015, Andy decided it was time to release a live album. Featuring tracks from his entire catalog, Live Book was recorded live in December 2015 at The Melting Point in Athens, GA, the Red Clay Music Foundry in Duluth, GA, and Workplay in Birmingham, AL. McKee went through the recordings from all three shows and selected the finest takes of each set. Reflecting on the song choices, he looks to provide current fans the chance to relive their favorite shows, and hopes that he can showcase the energy he creates for those who haven’t been able to attend a show and new fans alike.
“I’ve always wanted to do a live album; for quite a few years I’ve felt it’s something that has been missing from my collection of releases,” says McKee. “This album will feature some of my YouTube hits like ‘Drifting’ and ‘Rylynn’, some songs from my 2014 EP Mythmaker, and a cover of a Michael Hedges song called ‘Because It’s There’ played on harp guitar that I haven’t released yet.”
McKee is the first artist to be signed CGP Sounds, the record label founded by fellow guitarist Tommy Emmanuel.
“I’m honored to be a part of his label. I heard Tommy 15 years ago at a festival in Kansas and was blown away by his playing and performing, and I still am,” McKee stated. “To be the first person on his label is surreal, and I’m excited and proud to be a part of it.”
Live Book is set to be released digitally in Europe on February 12 and worldwide (digitally and physically) on April 22. The album, McKee’s first live record, will be released through CGP Sounds. In support of the new album, McKee will embark on “The Next Chapter Tour” throughout Europe in February and March, and the United States in April and May.
For more information on Andy McKee please visit: andymckee.com Follow Him on Face Book: Facebook.com/andymckeemusic
"Andy is a great player who puts all these guitar techniques into songs he writes and plays that make them quite interesting. But it's still all about the song.- ERIC JOHNSON
"Andy McKee has been launched into the upper stratosphere of the world's very best acoustic players, and for good reason. His densely melodic and percussive style is mesmerizing to say the least." GUITAR WORLD
"This gent takes you on a vision of the future of the possibilities of the guitar, and he makes it look promising!"
"The appeal of instrumental acoustic guitar music probably isn't obvious to everyone. It's a genre that seems almost exclusively designed for musicians. Artists like Andy McKee are doing their best to break down that particular barrier, with startlingly beautiful results." -HERALD SCOTLAND
In my humble opinion, Andy is the most innovative and exciting finger-style guitarist to emerge in years Andy has developed a mastery of the 6-string guitar and the harp guitar that leaves me speechless. He is the most textural player Note: must be booked in adv. at www.bluesbearhawaii.com the instrument since Michael Hedges, and he creates sonic architecture worthy of the great modern composers for any instrument.- DON ROSS
May 29, Weds. Wailuku, Maui
Guitar Workshop and Meet & Greet with Andy McKee
The Maui Coffee Attic
59 Kanoa St. Wailuku, Hi. 96793
Guitar Workshop (1 hr.)
2:00 - 3:00 pm. Cost: $59. (Book in advance at: bluesbearhawaii.com)
Meet & Greet to follow workshop
May 29, Weds. Kahului, Maui
Maui Arts & Cultural Center - McCoy Theater
One Cameron Way, Kahului, Hi. 96732
Venue: 808-242-SHOW (7469) Tickets: $38. $48. $55. Reserved
Doors: 7:00 pm. Show: 7:30 pm.
May 30, Thurs. Hilo, Big Island
‘Imiloa Astronomy Center - Moanahoku Hall
600 ‘Imiloa Place
Hilo, Hi. 96720
Information: 808-896-4845 Tickets: $35. Gen. Adm. Adv. $55. Gold Circle
Doors: 6:30 pm. Show: 7:00 pm.
May 31, Fri. Kona, Big Island
Aloha Theater - Kainaliu
79-7984 Mamalahoa Hwy. Kainaliu, Hi. 96750
Information: 808-322-9924 $35.00 Gen. Adm. Adv. $55.00 Gold Circle
Doors: 7:00 pm. Show: 7:30 pm.
June 1, Sat. Volcano, Big Island
KMC Theater - Volcanoes National Park
Volcano, Hi. 96785
Info. 808-896-4845 Venue: 808-967-8335
Information: 808-896-4845 Tickets $35. Gen. Adm. Adv. $48. Gold Circle
Doors: 7:30 pm. Show: 7:45 pm.
(If You Arrive Before 7:30pm., A Park Fee May Apply)
Big Island: www.bluesbearhawaii.com or 808-896-4845
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