Andrew Winton – Numbers Down
Andrew Winton grew up listening to Deep Purple, Kiss, Frank Zappa and Johnny Cash. He started his musical life as a drummer but in his later teenager years changed to electric guitar, playing in bands and completing a degree in jazz at the Conservatorium of Music in Perth. He played guitar for a few years in Perth band Hodad City with Adam Bruno who was to later become Adam Brand (multi CMA Golden Guitar Award winner) and then went on to have local success in 3Ph, a quirky funk-rock band with bandmates Stephen Kelly (bass/vox) and Paul Novosel (drums/vox) which won Western Australia’s The Next Big Thing competition in 1997. The band however disbanded a short time later when Novosel (1999) and Kelly (2001) moved to the east coast to do session work. After being invited to play drums with Perth old-timey blues band Tin Dog, Winton was exposed further to the world of blues, roots and folk music. After seeing UK musician Rory McLeod perform in 2002, he was inspired to focus on solo songwriting road and began his transition to dobro and other lap style guitars, which are now his passion. He recorded his first solo album in 2003 after only eight months of dobro playing experience.
Winton toured Australia for three months, playing numerous festivals, events and radio broadcasts, and take out first place in the folk/acoustic category of the Australian Songwriter’s Association awards for his song “Lucky Boy” (as well as the award for best live performance at the awards night).
He was a feature artist on ABC Radio National’s Music Deli program and placed in the top 10 in the instrumental category of the MusicOz awards.
In 2007, Winton was nominated for a WAMi West Australian Music Industry Awards for best blues/roots artist, again in 2008 for best guitarist, In 2009 he received two nominations, for best guitarist and best blues and roots act. His third album, The Decompression Chamber, received critical acclaim.
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