Color Red & Other Songs About the Power of Love
- Artist: Andrew Gregory
- Format: CD
- Release Date:2/19/2008
Andrew Rose Gregory is proud to present The Color Red & Other Songs About the Power of Love, a shockingly beatiful album about the good & evil love can do. Full of songs that will break your heart & then put the pieces back together, it features 9 duets with 9 different musicians, filling the record with different sounds & flavors while leaving the record with a simple continuity. And the songs? They shine. Already drawing comparisons to Bruce Springsteen's "Nebraska," Tom Wait's early recordings, and the work of a young John Prine, the album has been hailed by critics as "phenomenal...the highwater mark of a young career." Based out of Brooklyn, NY, Andrew grew up among the creeks & crawdads of Southwest Virginia. His family left the house unlocked, but whenever he did manage to get locked out he'd just walk into the neighbors' kitchen to get the spare key out of a white wicker basket. He went to a Quaker college near Philadelphia where he found out - much to his surprise! - that he resembled a genteel Southerner in Yankee company. He's a talker but the best 6 weeks of his life were spent in a Vietnamese monastery studying with Thich Nhat Hanh. He legally changed his middle name for five top-secret reasons, and has the courthouse documents to prove it. And last but not least, he's starting to tour all the time & loves it - finding that his simple songs, brimming with belief & hope, are touching hearts& changing lives everywhere he plays. Right before the release of his second record, The Lost Year, Andrew was on top of the world. He had a new album in hand, a three month cross-country tour with his band 'The Gregory Brothers' in the works, a supernaturally strong romance that had grown out of a chance meeting & dozens of love letters exchanged, and the best friends in the world wandering in & out of his Brooklyn apartment. By the end of one whirlwind week at the beginning of a seemingly sun-less June, however, Andrew found himself babe-less (dumped on a Paris park bench!), friendless (they moved to El Salvador while Andrew was out of town!), and left only with his guitar and a few sad songs. He had dreamed of recording a solo EP at the end of The Gregory Brothers tour, but as the tour stretched out, his heartbreak sprouted songs. Before he knew it, Andrew had a full length record on his hands. He eventually relized he had stumbled across something truly special, and went in to The Buddy Project - the same studio that hatched Sufjan Stevens' 'Illinoise' - to record The Color Red & Other Songs About the Power of Love over three wintry December days. He left with a record that leaves you holding your breath listening until you come up gasping for air. Andrew has played some of the best rooms across the counry, including The Knitting Factory (NYC), The Mercury Lounge (NYC), Pete's Candy Store (Brooklyn), The Tin Angel (Philly), The Bluebird (Nashville), The Cave (Chapel Hill), Starr Hill (Charlottesville), Uncommon Ground (Chicago), Momo's (Austin), & dozens of colleges. He has also been a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Writer-in-Residency, and had the pleasure of teaching songwriting at the University of Virginia's Young Writers' Workshop for four summers.