Liverpool musician Andy Brown talks flying solo, fatherhood & favourite bars
We love nothing more than shouting about scouse talent and Lawson frontman, Andy Brown is flying the flag for Liverpool with a brand new solo single.
Having taken the leap to branch out from the band, Andy Brown has taken a new direction in his solo career…..and it sounds amazing. Having just become a dad for the first time the Liverpool singer, musician and songwriter has just released his debut single, ‘Landslide’ featuring Crissie Rhodes of The Shires, which is receiving huge support from national radio stations already!
We caught up with Andy for a natter about the new album, being a dad and where he goes for a drink in Liverpool…..
Solo career about to take off – tell us what is in store for 2018?
My Debut solo album is due for release in spring under Universal. Really excited to get it out there as I’ve been working on it for the past year. After that I’m hoping to hit the road and reconnect with a lot of the fans who have followed Lawson and gave us the success we have today.
Change of direction with your new music – always been a country fan?
I’ve always listened to country music and always loved the stories behind the music. We made the last Lawson record in Nashville and I’ve always had a strong connection with the place. It’s becoming very mainstream sounding anyway, it’s basically a good way to release pop music with guitars, as it seems to be a dying breed these days.
Tell us about Nashville?
It breathes music, everyone is a musician of some sort. The people have it in their blood, and the musicianship and songwriting over there is unreal. I spent the best part of three months there crafting the album and I loved every minute of it.
Your first solo single is ‘Landslide’ with Crissie from The Shires, how did that come about?
The shires are leading the way in country music in the U.K. right now, and one of the only acts in the last couple of years to have back to back gold albums. I’ve always been friends with the guys and wrote with them for their first album. We always stayed in touch so I asked Crissie if she fancied laying down her voice on one of my songs, she was really keen, so it worked out really well.
Tell us about the new album and when we can expect it?
It’s set for release in spring 2018. My first proper release will be in January with a song called Talk Of The Town. A big, anthemic, Springsteen esque track, I’m mega excited about it. I wrote it with 2 good friends of mine, Jack Mcmanus and Jon Green, who is currently producing James Bay’s second album.
We know your dad is famous for his Full English, where else do you like to eat when you are back in Liverpool?
The city is getting better and better everytime I come home. I recently went to Vincent’s which was great. Big fan of sushi so feel like that’s the go to place for me.
Any favourite Liverpool bars?
When I’m home for xmas you’ll find me at Red Door and Alma de Cuba, stuck in my ways, I’m sure there’s loads more but I like those places. Back in my uni days it was lago followed by heebies, I hope those places are still there?!?
Any defining moment for you on the Liverpool gig scene – maybe someone you have seen in the city or one of your own gigs here?
Probably the best gig we ever did was headlining the echo with Lawson. Unbelievable memories. We’ve played a lot of the smaller gigs in the city too and had great shows at the old Bar Fly and the Academy.
Huge congrats on the birth of Knox Orlando, how is fatherhood going?
Unbelievable! Massive lifestyle change obviously but getting used to it. I haven’t slept in a month! But it’s amazing looking at a little mini me, He’s starting to get his own little personality now, so I’ll have him down at Anfield ASAP.
What is in store at the Brown household for Christmas?
I’ll be heading to my Mum and dad’s for xmas this year. Will be our first xmas with the little man so really excited for that. Also I can let his Nan and Grandad look after him for a night and I might get some kip!