A trio of singing, songwriting Andrews take over Red Light Café in what has inevitably become ANDREWPALOOZA — featuring Andrew Leidner of Boo Reefa fame, Andrew McKibben, and Andrew Kahrs.
Andrew Leidner is a singer / songwriter with Boo Reefa, and he's got to be one of the most earnestly entertaining songwriters in Atlanta at the moment. With an element of comedy in most of his songs, he sometimes gives the impression that if he were not laughing at life's absurdities, he'd crawl up deep in a bottle and cry his eyes out. Here’s some actual things people have said about Boo Reefa: “eloquent depravity”, “funny as shit, man”, and “didn’t know if I was supposed to laugh or cry.” The band motto is “Every band’s musical journey starts with each member drinking a quart of paint.” The band mascot is the Feral Cat.
Andrew McKibben is not to be limited by any one genre or style — he spends most of his time deciding what to play next. Though he can play with the precision of an electric can opener, he is unfortunately not a machine and therefore has emotions which are easily discernible on his face as he picks his classical guitar and sings. He has played in bands ranging from Death Metal, '30s Dixieland, '60s Jazz, and Indie Rock. Most recently he has been performing under the band name Trains Potting, though currently he is the only member.
Andrew Kahrs is a Southern-bred soul man with something to shout about. Armed with a smoky voice and punchy blues guitar, it sounds as if Kahrs' seasoned songs and lyrics come straight out of a fire pit barbecue.
After falling in love with the emotional slide guitar sounds of Duane Allman and Derek Trucks as a teenager, Kahrs pursued a path of expression on the 6-string slider. As his studies grew deeper he struck the real gold in his musical soul — his voice. Kahrs took this gift and ran with it, performing live in the Athens, GA area and releasing his first EP of original material, Andrew Blue, in 2011. Years of bar gigs and heartaches later, Kahrs has developed his naturally-emotional tone into a finely-tuned soul machine that would have nestled nicely in the classic '60s lineups of Stax or Motown.
Intent on testifying to a larger audience, Kahrs packed up and moved to Atlanta in 2013. With him came a newfound passion for songwriting and lyricism; evident in his 2013 single "Forgive" — the first song released from his upcoming EP Georgia. The album sees Kahrs as a more comfortable and capable version of the blues-drench R&B singer / songwriter heard on his first release.