Andrew Leahey & the Homestead, Airwaves Review
Andrew Leahey is a vocalist, guitarist and songwriter that has a special appreciation for the gift of music, both as performer and as a listener. Leahey is a survivor of a brain cancer and an operation that nearly cost him his life and hearing. That added appreciation has ignited a passion in Leahey’s music that can be heard in the Nashville rocker’s songwriting and passionate performance. With heroes such as Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, R.E.M. and others, Leahey has an ear for catchy melodies combined with honest relatable lyrics. Andrew Leahey & the Homestead are set to release their sophomore LP, Airwaves, an eleven-track album that is a sonic love letter channeling the 1980s. Leahey explains, “They’re kind of leaning on that Reagan-era rock n’ roll sound.” The record was cut almost entirely live in just 10 days at Ebersold’s Nashville studio, The Bakery, in 2018. For Airwaves, (out March 1, 2019). Leahey recruited multi-platinum producer Paul Ebersold, who enlisted his go-to rhythm section – Steelism’s John Estes and Jon Radford—on bass and drums, respectively. Leahey also brought in his childhood best friend Phil Heesen III to add harmony vocals and guitar, as well as his buddy, Sadler Vaden, who took a break from touring with Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit long enough to drop by the studio and lay down some guitar leads on “Start the Dance,” “We Came Here to Run” and “Workin Ain’t Workin.”
Release Date: March 1, 2019
Leahey’s songwriting is outstanding, with a solid American rock & roll sound that has just a touch of Americana at times, which makes Airwaves a universal sound that will appeal to a wide audience.