Instagram ‚ÄĒ 1955 Chevy

Found my dream car, a 1955 Chevro¬≠let Bel-Air coupe with a mod¬≠ern LS2 Corvette motor under the hood. This was tak¬≠en yes¬≠ter¬≠day at ‚ÄúAmputee Appre¬≠ci¬≠a¬≠tion Day‚ÄĚ (yes that‚Äôs a real thing) held at Sky¬≠land Pros¬≠thet¬≠ics and Orthotics. I was play¬≠ing with Russ Wil¬≠son, Jason Krekel, Ben Hov¬≠ey and Kevin Kehrberg, in a 5-piece we call ‚ÄúCham¬≠pagne Wil¬≠son & The Wrong Crowd.‚ÄĚ

Solo Piano Vol. 1

Last year, due to the gen¬≠eros¬≠i¬≠ty of Alis¬≠tair and Helen Hyatt I was able to spend two hours record¬≠ing my first solo piano album in superb Echo Moun¬≠tain Record¬≠ing Stu¬≠dios. With such lim¬≠it¬≠ed time, I sat down and played for about an hour straight and record¬≠ed almost all of these songs in a sin¬≠gle take. The sec¬≠ond hour I spent with engi¬≠neer Josh Blake doing mix¬≠ing and mas¬≠ter¬≠ing, and was able to come up with 12 tracks out of the ses¬≠sion that I want¬≠ed to release. Since it‚Äôs been almost a year, I‚Äôve been think¬≠ing about my next solo album, which I may be able to record at home. I‚Äôm also con¬≠sid¬≠er¬≠ing putting out an album where every track has a dif¬≠fer¬≠ent singer, or small com¬≠bo with it, a ‚ÄúFletch¬≠er & Friends‚ÄĚ sort of con¬≠cept.

Take a lis¬≠ten, and if you dig it, order a CD or spend some mon¬≠ey on the digi¬≠tial down¬≠load. Below is the entire album embed¬≠ded here, or you can find my record¬≠ings at music.andrewjfletcher.com

Here are the lin­er notes:

Dear Lis­ten­er,

Thank you for buy¬≠ing my CD. Your sup¬≠port means that I get to con¬≠tin¬≠ue my work as a stride piano play¬≠er and keep the tra¬≠di¬≠tion alive and vital for the next gen¬≠er¬≠a¬≠tion. My approach to this record¬≠ing was to show you on a CD what I do at my numer¬≠ous solo per¬≠for¬≠mances in Asheville and beyond, but with a more relaxed and thought¬≠ful sen¬≠si¬≠bil¬≠i¬≠ty at the piano. I sound the way I do thanks to my men¬≠tor Reese Gray and my teacher Pam McNeil, as well as the excel¬≠lent edu¬≠ca¬≠tion I got on the job with my first band, Fire¬≠crack¬≠er Jazz Band. Come out and see a live show some¬≠time and make sure to intro¬≠duce your self.

Cheers to you!

Instagram ‚ÄĒ September 5, 2016


Thanks to John Gell¬≠man for includ¬≠ing me in his pho¬≠to series of buskers. Check out his work and the many oth¬≠er Asheville buskers that he‚Äôs pho¬≠tographed at jgphoto.com.

In addi­tion to being a semi-retired busker, I advo­cate for street per­form­ers rights (a 1st Amend­ment con­sti­tu­tion­al issue) with the Asheville Buskers Col­lec­tive. The rea­son I don’t busk often any­more is sim­ple: I’m play­ing about 200 gigs a year in venues. But I tru­ly val­ue the expe­ri­ence of busk­ing and I think it’s been a major part of my devel­op­ment as an enter­tain­er. I sug­gest all musi­cians, no mat­ter the lev­el of your expe­ri­ence, to try street per­form­ing at least once. It can be a hum­bling, thrilling, infor­ma­tive and, many times, even lucra­tive expe­ri­ence.

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