Hailing from the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, La Crosse, WI based singer-songwriter Andy Hughes has spent the last 20 years soaking up the music and culture around him to create his own words and music. For much of that time, Andy has been the front man and main songwriter for the successful Alternative Reggae/Ska band, TUGG. With TUGG, Andy has toured with The Wailers, The Dirty Heads, Passafire, and more. He’s played shows with Ziggy Marley, Sublime with Rome, Bad Religion, and The English Beat. All 5 of the band’s last releases made the Top 5 of iTunes and Amazon’s Reggae Charts. Hughes, however, is a a life-long fan of classic country music, especially, Johnny Cash. Other major song-writing inspirations include John Prine and Kris Kristofferson. With this new country-folk sound, Andy looks forward to traveling and sharing music from his debut “Heartland and Heartache” which was released in June of 2017.
What Folks are Saying about Andy's debut album Heartland and Heartache:
“The CD’s title song, 'Heartland and Heartache' seems to perfectly sum up the bittersweet mood of the album. This is an album for adults — for people who realize that living brings not only joys but heartaches. Or, as Hughes sings in the albums second song, 'This getting to heaven is putting me through hell.”-Michael Martin - La Crosse Tribune
“My absolute favorite song on the CD is “Misery.” I will be playing “Heartland and Heartache” but I’ve listened to “Misery” about 6 times now and I have to play it next week…” – Bill Hughes, Program Director New Country Brew Syndicated Radio www.newcountrybrew.com
“...Many have compared Andy’s voice to the likes of Johnny Cash. Following his debut solo record called Heartland and Heartache came “Nowhere,” that has a harmonious country sound that all classic country music lovers can appreciate. “ - Colette Patterson, Hits in the Sticks www.hitsinthesticks.com