After listening to the first few songs of his self-titled debut, it's clear that Andy Sydow is no one-trick pony; a multi-instrumentalist, he's also well versed in a number of genres. Sydow kicks the album off with the Americana-steeped "Soul Searchin'," which shares a passing resemblance to Billy Bragg & Wilco's "Airline to Heaven." Elsewhere, he displays an affinity for the Mississippi Delta with the swampy blues of "I Sold My Soul to Robert Johnson" and "Find Me Baby"; delves into jazz with the slinky "Trying to Let Go"; puts a New Orleans spin on "Whiskey Blues"; and seems to channel both Randy Newman and Dr. John on "You're Gonna Want Me Back." But even though Sydow mixes styles throughout the disc, he seems quite comfortable in all of them.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.