Andy Powell

ANDY POWELL first picked up a guitar at the age of eleven, inspired by the style of Hank Marvin, lead guitarist of The Shadows. Later, he was further influenced by French 'gypsy jazz' guitarist Django Reinhardt, the great blues player Albert King and the incomparable guitarist/singer- songwriter Richard Thompson.

Andy is one of the most notable players of the Gibson Flying V. The influence of his use of the distinctive instrument in rock is well documented. He, himself, was inspired to pick it up after seeing a photo of Albert King playing one.
From early rock and roll, Andy moved on to soul and R&B, playing in bands with names like the Sugar Band and the Dekois around the London area. He cites his work with their horn arrangements as a factor in the development of Wishbone’s famous twin-lead guitar lines.

In 1969, Andy answered an ad in Melody Maker magazine and ended up as one of Wishbone Ash’s original guitar players, along with Ted Turner.
The band released its self-titled first album in 1970 and, through various personnel changes, has recorded and toured for 46

The Ash’s longtime frontman has been featured in notable music publications, including
Guitar Player, Vintage Guitar and Guitarist, and has appeared at the Guitar Institute in Los Angeles. He has worked on sessions for George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Kashif, Stewart Copeland and Renaissance, among others. His instrumental compositions have been used as themes for radio and TV (including the US’s “Today Show”) and for the World Soccer Cup.

In 1988, Andy and Ted Turner joined Miles Copeland’s “Night of the Guitar” tour, which featured the likes of Randy California, Peter Haycock, Steve Howe, Steve Hunter, Robbie Krieger, Leslie West and Alvin Lee.
By 1995, the stalwart axeman was the only original member of Wishbone Ash. His commitment to maintaining the band’s legacy has been evident in performance of new and classic songs on frequent tours of Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Fully taking the reins of his own destiny, Andy has managed Wishbone Ash for two decades and produced many of the band's albums.
Andy recently completed his autobiography, “Eyes Wide Open: True Tales of a Wishbone Ash Warrior,” which will be available October 2015.
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