Antonio Andrade is a passionate entertainer. Accompanying himself on acoustic guitar and harmonica,
he delivers an engaging brand of "rockin’ folk" and routinely captivates audiences with his spirited live
performances. A Pennsylvania-based singer-songwriter and guitarist, Andrade believes that "singing and playing, presenting
songs and connecting with an audience are more fun than anything else that I can think of or imagine." He has released
five full-length albums. Something Happened, his latest, reflects that passion and joy. Its 11 tracks
are a mix of originals, a co-write with Freebo, and choice covers (classics and "not so classics").
Besides Freebo on fretless bass, Andrade is joined on several tracks
by Mark Stuart (electric, lead, and slide guitar) and Ed Lesser (drums and percussion). These three musicians also played
on his 2014 release, Life Shakes – which was timed to coincide with Andrade’s retirement from
a 38-year daytime career in social services.
2010 release see if you recognize this one features covers of songs by others – including his interpretation
of the Talking Heads tune "This Must Be The Place" that also can be heard in the 2011 European film of the same
name starring Sean Penn and Frances McDormond.
Music has long been a source of joy for Andrade. Singing Dylan songs at parties and a first band in high school led
to dabbling in playing coffeehouses during his years at Penn State and, later, to singing cover songs -- mostly in bars, with
an occasional festival and/or spot as an opener -- until 1992. That’s when he began a decade-long stint with a dance-rock
cover band Episode. Resuming solo acoustic work in 1996, along with the band dates, led to songwriting and the release of
his first recording in 2000 -- Straydog, a CD featuring ten original songs His sophomore release, 2007’s What
Do You Want From Me, delivered more original songs marked by the rock, folk and pop influences that initially removed
him from the sandlot and stood him on a stage.
Andrade: "You know how kids hold thoughts about what they want to be? I wanted to be a baseball player. But when I saw
The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, something happened!"