The Andy Rau Band

Americana music... an eclectic blend folk, rock and bluegrass from Southern California

Americana
an eclectic blend of folk, rock and bluegrass styles

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  • Knowing no sideboards, they have great opportunity to explore and innovate.
  • Reviewer: Joe Ross, North County News, Bluegrass Now, SPBGMA Music, Old Time Herald News
  • The original material is well written and presented by musicians second to none.
  • Reviewer: Johnny Pierce, Bluegrass Now Magazine
  • If there were justice in the "folk world" this song ( "The Best I've Found" ) would be bumping the next Kenny Chesney/Jessica Simpson duet off the charts. their sound is so refreshing.
  • Reviewer: Dennis Roger Reed, FolkWorks
  • You think that you have heard the best song, but wait until the next one...
  • Reviewer: Al Shusterman, Backroads Bluegrass KCBL, Sacramento, CA

GENRE

Americana

HOMETOWN

Placentia, California

BAND MEMBERS

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ANDY RAU - lead vocals / banjo / guitar
LES JOHNSON - vocals / lead electric & acoustic guitars
GEORGE BORAVICH - vocals / bass

additional members / instrumentation
KATIE OBERTHALER - vocals / banjo
GEORGE GREEN - drums
CHAD EDWARDS - keyboards

RECORD LABELS

Anchovy Artists
Endovalley Records
Turquoise Records

AMUSEMENT PARKS 

Knott's Berry Farm - 10 years
Wild Bill's Western Extravaganza - 8 years
Six Flags Magic Mountain - 6 years
Disneyland - 2 years

OTHER CREDITS

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DISCOGRAPHY

Simple Man  -  folk rock
Higher Ground  -  contemporary bluegrass and new acoustic music
Penny Moon  -  contemporary bluegrass
Different Man  -  contemporary bluegrass
On The Horizon  -  contemporary bluegrass

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MINI BIOGRAPHY

The Andy Rau Band performs Americana music, an eclectic blend of folk, rock and bluegrass. 

SHORT BIOGRAPHY

The Andy Rau Band performs Americana music, an eclectic blend of folk, rock and bluegrass. The band was formed in 1986 with the intent of showcasing new material, illustrating the versatility of the 5-string banjo and breaking with the conventions of folk and bluegrass. The group borrows from a wide variety of musical styles which enables each song to shape its own identity without borrowing from old tried-and-true formulas.

FULL BIOGRAPHY

The Andy Rau Band performs Americana music, an eclectic blend of folk, rock and bluegrass. The band was formed in 1986 with the intent of showcasing new material, illustrating the versatility of the 5-string banjo and breaking with the conventions of folk and bluegrass. The group borrows from a wide variety of musical styles which enables each song to shape its own identity without borrowing from old tried-and-true formulas. 

The core of the group consists of lead vocalist, songwriter, banjoist, and rhythm guitarist Andy Rau, Les Johnson on harmony vocals, lead, rhythm and slide guitars and George Boravich on harmony vocals and bass. The band is often joined by Chad Edwards on keyboards, George Green on drums and Katie Oberthaler on harmony vocals and banjo.  Inventive instrumentals and thoughtful songwriting are at the heart of the band’s musical project. From the very beginning and through its continuing evolution, the Andy Rau Band’s roots in the diverse musical backdrop of Southern California have colored and characterized their unique sound and the topics of their songs.

Andy Rau, the creative force behind the band, was born and raised in Southern California and has been performing professionally since 1975. He began his career as the in-house banjo player at Knott's Berry Farm amusement park in his home town of Buena Park. During that ten-year period he performed in a host of musical situations including bluegrass bands, country rock bands, and variety stage productions. 

Along with concert halls, fairs and music festivals, Andy and the band continued to perform at venues such as Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Six Flags, Sea World, Paramount Studios, Disney Studios and Burbank Studios. In the mid 90's their first CD On The Horizon was released followed through the years by Different Man, Penny Moon and Higher Ground. With the success of these albums the band began to receive airplay and reviews from around the world. They began touring the United States and Canada and received endorsements with The Deering Banjo Company, GHS Strings, Kavanjo Banjo Pickups and ProPik Finger Picks. Feature articles have appeared in magazines such as in Acoustic Musician, Frets, Bluegrass Unlimited, Bass Player and Banjo Gazette (Great Britain).

The Andy Rau Band has now re-emerged from the studio on Anchovy Artists Records with the release of eighteen original Americana / folk - rock compositions on the CD Simple Man.  This recording, along with their live performances, continue to introduce inventive new material to the world of Americana music. 

This path on which the band finds itself has inevitably resulted in a wide audience appeal wherever they perform, which persists to this day.

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