Grammy-Winning guitarist Andrew Synowiec has just released his second album Second Story. Recorded in a historic Hollywood studio with a band of renowned musicians, the entire record was cut live in just six hours. Second Story is an instrumental mixture of Rock, Jazz and Blues with an emphasis on the feel of celebrated players doing what they do best. The record has received wide-ranging air play and praise from notable fans such as Steve Vai, who said: “I really like the sound of this record. It has an analog feel and total group dynamic. Your tone is off the hook beautiful and the guitar is presented on a silver platter. I also love the daring nature of your melodies and solos. Amazing technique, feel, tone, note choice and phrasing. This is such an impressive sounding and performed record. Feels like you and the boys were actually having a lot of fun with it.”
With a nod to the Allman Brothers, Andrew’s band features two simultaneous drummers Blair Sinta (Chris Cornell, Alanis Morissette) and Jake Reed (LA Phil, Seth MacFarlane) along with a second guitarist, the legendary session musician Tim Pierce. Rounding out the ensemble are Hollywood composer Fred Kron on Keys and longtime John Mayer bassist Sean Hurley. The band just wrapped up two critically-acclaimed sold-out shows at the legendary Baked Potato in Los Angeles.
As a prolific session musician and sought-after “guitar hero,” Andrew Synowiec has contributed to over 25 Grammy-Nominated recordings including his own 2015 Grammy Award win as a member of the L.A. big band, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. He has also worked with a who’s-who of producers including David Foster, Bob Rock and Giorgio Moroder, most notably on his #1 hits with Sia, Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue.
Andrew’s debut single, “Albuquerque Blues” from Second Story was released on Friday, January 11, 2019. The positive reviews and reaction have come from all sides including journalists and peers alike. Andrew says, “Albuquerque Blues was written for my friend Tim Pierce who is a legendary session guitarist and joined me on a few songs. I wanted to write something for Tim that would feel instantly familiar. “
Other tracks on the album include “Already Taken” which harkens back to the 1970’s, melding equal parts NYC after-hours jam session with Laurel Canyon’s golden-era folk scene. Andrew’s guitar sings with presence and authority. Andrew is joined on guitar by Tim Pierce, with tastefully understated performances by Sean Hurley on Bass, Fred Kron on Rhodes, Jake Reed on drums and Blair Sinta lending his creative electronics.
On “Triad Days” Tim and Andrew push each other to new heights during their guitar duel while synchronous drummers Blair Sinta and Jake Reed echo the dueling guitars with an infectious give-and-take reminiscent of the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead. Fred Kron lays down an inspired solo on a vintage Rhodes electric piano supported by the ever-rock-solid Sean Hurley. “Triad Days” brings together the best elements of 70’s instrumental rock fused with hip-hop beats and modern harmony. On this track, a feeling of true musical dialogue exudes from the speakers as the listener is taken on a dynamic ride.
“Gift Horse” starts with a double-drum attack on a 7/4 funk groove supported by Sean Hurley on his signature P-Bass. Fred Kron delivers a trippy Rhodes solo. Andrew’s guitar solo channels equal parts Jeff Beck and Robben Ford while making good use of a psychedelic ring-modulator effect on the melody statement.
Not content to leave his “day job,” Andrew works daily with the world’s top film composers including Michael Giacchino, Chris Beck, Joe Trapanese, John Debney, Alexandre Desplat, Marco Beltrami, John Powell and Bear McCreary. He has film and TV credits like Disney’s modern classic Frozen (including the infectious song “Let It Go), The Greatest Showman, Coco, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Logan, Zootopia, Inside Out, Oblivion, Transformers, Mission Impossible, Crazy Stupid Love, Little Fockers, The Secret Life Of Pets I & II, A Good Day to Die Hard, The Walking Dead, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Hart of Dixie, The Middle, Quantico, The Good Place, NBC Sunday Night Football, the 2018 Super Bowl Theme, and the 2019 Golden Globes. Andrew’s home base is his private recording studio “House of Syn,” designed and built from the ground up by George Augspurger. George is known throughout the world for his expertise in studio design, audio and acoustic engineering.