Growing up in Chicago and living in Austin since 1999, Andy honed his musical tastes and style surrounded by musically rich environments. Discovering classic rock and blues in his parents record collection, he taught himself to play the guitar at 13. He shut himself away for days practicing, to the result of, what some describe as, a "guitar virtuoso". As his guitar prowess began to take shape, he took to the acoustic and piano to sculpt his songwriting and vocal skills.
At 18, Andy started playing around Austin. He played solo coffeehouse performances and joined several bands before landing in the local famed indie band Dorkstar. As their lead guitarist, Andy recorded two albums of original material and played frequently in Austin, Houston, D/FW and Waco. Their eclectic mix of original material and unique covers were a combination of music that their young audience devoured. The first album, Commercial Rock helped garnish the band a large fan following. In 2005, just as Dorkstar was poised to release it’s second album, Tryptophan, Andy made a bold decision. Despite their regional success, Andy was chomping to move center stage as a front man.
As a power trio, The Primal Groove put Andy at the helm. From 2005 to 2007, Andy made the Austin 6th street circuit, playing to clubs packed with party kids and tourists. During this time he wrote and recorded his first album, Set Me Free, a hard rock revival sound that borrowed aspects of it’s classic predecessors. This was Andy’s first time working with engineer and producer Ben Blank, a man with nine gold records under his belt. He began to build a name for himself among the Texas blues communities as a “slash and burn guitarist”, playing at events for the Austin Blues Society and getting airplay from stations in Austin, Houston, and Internet radio.
In 2007, growing weary of the scene on 6th street, Andy and his booking team organized regional tours. Andy found his band setting out for weeks at a time, garnishing fans across the southwest. Released in 2010, he teamed again with Blank and began work on his follow-up album, Revolution. This sophomore effort was a slight departure and displayed more songwriting depth. Described by one critic as “fluid, versatile and gutsy”, several songs from Revolution have ranked in the top 10 of Internet fan sites.
Macintyre and Blank hooked up again with drummer Doug Day, and bassist Chris Alexander to bring to life Andy’s latest project, Ruby. Bringing in to mix Ruby; Boo MacLeod helped round out the perfect team. With a heavy-hand on constructed songs, melody, and vocal performance, songs like “Ruby” and “Jailene” inject Andy’s early influences with modern rock and pop (as heard in Andy’s unique falsetto). Though his influences are varied the underlying flavor is uniquely his own as Ruby is poised to defy genre and preconception.
"Being around a lot of really great blues players like Gary Clark, Jr., Alan Haynes and Jimmie Vaughn made me such a better rock player. When studying the blues, you go 'Wow, (rock 'n' roll) really did come from that.'"
"The sound of 'Andy Macintyre' is constantly changing and evolving. For example my first two albums were more rooted in a blues sound. My new material is more straight rock with some guitar and voice compositions that are more ethereal. I'm really excited about it, and I'm getting a lot of positive feedback when I play out live."