At SXSW this year, Andrew Belle was invited aboard the Lennon Bus to perform the track that won the John Lennon Songwriting Award for excellence in their pop category. On the Lennon Bus, Andrew recorded an intimate, live version of "The Ladder," which premieres today on Paste.
After his performances at SXSW and the South Beach Food & Wine Festival Andrew Belle has returned to hometown Chicago to prepare the limited edition re-release of debut LP The Ladder featuring new music and new artwork and has planned a celebration around the release with his biggest Chicago show to date.
More music and full show information below!
Andrew Belle Live
May 22 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
The Ladder Limited Edition Re-Release Show
May 25 - Hotel Cafe - LA, CA
w/ 5 out of Tenn
June 17 - Sycamore Community Park - Sycamore, IL
June 22 - City Winery - New York, NY
Andrew created a brand new track, "Sky's Still Blue," with musicians and friends across the nation.
He played that track live on Lightning 100 -
listen to the new track and get Andrew's helpful hints on the best way to cook a turkey.
In 2010, Andrew played 150 live shows and recorded sessions along the way - listen below!
Gorgeous video for "All Those Pretty Lights" from Secret Sessions.
A live album recorded in Chicago, Live at the Double Door featuring a free audio download and live video.
A live video of "Static Waves" from the Live at the Double Door show.
A gorgeous live cover of The Smith's "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want."
An acoustic session and chat on Livestream at their NYC studio.
A live set at LA's Hotel Cafe is available for free download at his BandCamp.
Andrew talked record releases, TV and more on Chicago's WXRT.
A live video from the road of "Static Waves" and "The Ladder" backstage in Denver.
"Don't Blame Yourself" from The Ladder release show in Chicago.
Andrew stopped by Birmingham's FOX News at Noon for a live set and interview.
Amazing music from Ten out of Tenn
"Static Waves" video live from Boston.
"The Ladder" live in Ten out of Tenn rehearsals.
Contrast Film's video of the Ten out of Tenn Holiday Tour 09.
Ten out of Tenn Holiday Tour in rehearsals.
The Ladder was named by iTunes as a Singer Songwriter "Best of 2010" in their annual Rewind.
"Static Waves" - Andrew's duet with Katie Herzig has lovely, dreamy video, grab the MP3.
Paste premiered "Open Your Eyes," check out the feature and grab the MP3.
2011 has been a food-centric year for Andrew -
track "Static Waves" has been included in the new Snacky Tunes Compilation.
At the South Beach Food & Wine Festival, Andrew cooked with culinary luminary Giada de Laurentiis
and met Jamie Oliver, whose Jamie's America Cookbook is providing the blueprint to Andrew's culinary adventures
including blog posts, cooking videos and more - even hosting a live cooking show!
The Album Project named The Ladder the #1 Album of 2010!
The Chicago Tribune
compares and contrasts Andrew Belle to Andrew Bird
The Album Project
The Ladder...is one of the best night driving albums I've heard in a long time.
American Way Magazine
Our affinity for the 24-year-old singer-songwriter is in the best taste. Belle sings about love and love lost on his first full-length album...
The Deli Chicago
The build up for his debut album has been warranted for Andrew Belle really does have a magical voice. Belle splits time between Chicago and Nashville and that mixture of musical cultures is vibrantly demonstrated in his music.
Every now and then, some perfectly sublime pop music seeps into the slipstream. Such is the case with Andrew Belle and his debut full-length, The Ladder. Strictly as a point of reference, Belle's intonation sounds a bit like Coldplay's Chris Martin or Blue Merle's Luke Reynolds. But when it comes to lyricism, neither of the two crooners have anything on Belle.
Contemporary folk-pop is an arena that is swamped with imitators, yet a select few artists stand out above the rest. Andrew Belle is one such artist..."Static Waves" hits all the right points - it's catchy and plush and clean and colorful. There's a lot going on here, a lot more than your typical artist fitting this genre descriptor. It's easy to hear why Belle was selected to open for Ben Folds, although I'd also put him in the same camp as masters like Andrew Bird.
The orchestral mix of strings, bells and keys makes "Static Waves" an immediate go-getter. Bottom line: It's a pop treasure; one that you'll soon be hearing on TV and everyone will be going, "what's that song??" But you, my friends, will know.
First track from Ladders, "Static Waves" (featuring TOT tour cohort Katie Herzig) is a scarily infectious gem of staggered rhythms and detailed construction with an ear candy hook of monumental proportions.
There's a lot to take pride in.
Indie Rock Cafe
After you hear the magnificent live cover of Bright Eyes ', "First Day of My Life," and the wonderfully memorable, "Static Waves," you'll probably not forget Andrew Belle anytime soon.
Who is Andrew Belle?
Andrew Belle is a new artist on the pop singer/songwriter scene. Residing in both Chicago and Nashville, he is currently touring clubs and universities across the country, and is also a member of the critically acclaimed national tour Ten Out Of Tenn. Andrew released his debut EP All Those Pretty Lights in 2008, containing songs featured in hit TV shows including "90210", "The Real World", "Ghost Whisperer" and "Keeping Up With The Kardashians".
His debut full-length album The Ladder was released in February 2010 on 1L Music. The Ladder reached #1 on iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts, scored a spot in the Top 100 chart on iTunes and charted in the Top 25 on the Billboard Heatseakers Chart. His songs have garnered nationwide airplay including Chicago's WXRT, Nashville's WRLT, and Los Angeles' KCRW. Andrew recently was named "Best Breakout Artist, Chicago" by MTV. Recently, Andrew was awarded with the John Lennon Songwriting Award for excellence in their Pop category for the title song off The Ladder. Fans and critics often refer to his songs as "smart pop"-nuanced melodies and sophisticated, contemplative lyrics coupled with bold, infectious hooks.
2009 saw Nashville / Chicago resident Andrew Belle invited out on the second generation Ten out of Tenn Tour and after an overwhelming response on the road, invited out for the Ten out of Tenn Holiday Tour. Ten Out of Tenn is a diverse and unique community of artists making organic pop music in the shadows of Nashville's slick commercial country music industry on the road supporting each other every night! The original Ten out of Tenn debuted in 05 with ten musicians who were at the forefront of the vibrant Nashville pop music scene with over thirty albums released between them.