“Andy Pratt (Not That One)”
This is what was scribbled with a sharpie pen onto a CD of mixes handed to Andy on July 16th, 2016. After receiving an email from Pratt in January of the same year, legendary recording engineer Steve Albini quickly realized that he was not dealing with the Boston rock icon of the ‘70s, but a new & different Andy Pratt.
As a vocalist, guitarist, songwriter & photographer, Pratt loves the fuzz, blur, grain, & beautiful imperfections of live music and art. With an affinity for analog recording, vintage instruments, film cameras, string quartets, & brooding melodies, his music lives within a modern impressionist world of his own creation. Pratt is a storyteller who sings to clearly evoke a mood, space or time. With a dry vocal and reverberating guitar, he brings his listeners into the world he’s created.
Pratt’s music has been featured in local & national publications such as Newcity, The Total Scene, Radio One Chicago, Revolution 360, the Pioneer Press, & Medium Daily Digest. He has been a guest on Cincinnati’s NPR affiliate WVXU in interview with Around Cincinnati’s Ron Esposito. He is also a regular on Mike Rice’s Chicago Lives at Que4 Radio.
The summer of 2017 finds Pratt on tour in support of his debut record, “Horizon Disrupted.” After handing his band members a few solo demos that he recorded on a 4-track Tascam cassette recorder, he knew that he’d want the same tape/analog sound on the final product. Pratt naturally sought out Steve Albini at Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago and asked him to track and mix the album. “Horizon Disrupted” is a collection of eight haunting songs written over the past five years. The topics dig deep into love, sex, relationships, & an overall sense of longing for what could lie ahead. The album features a vocals/guitar, bass, & drums trio, augmented by a string quartet on six of the eight selections. With the music, lyrics, arrangements & artwork for the album all created by Pratt, there is a cohesive thread that ties these elements together, proving they are one & the same.
Andy Pratt is a Chicago-based singer-songwriter & jazz artist. He has toured across the country as both a leader and sideman. Pratt has performed his music everywhere from Illinois to Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, Maine and Canada. He can be found playing guitar & singing most nights throughout the city & Midwest region. Pratt is often a featured guest with the Joe Policastro Trio & appears on the group’s 2016 sophomore release, “Pops.” He has also recorded with singer-songwriter Adam James Sorensen & appears on his debut “Midwest” album.
“…with his lean frame, gravelly voice and trademark slouch hat, he seems perpetually to have wandered through a time warp from the Chicago of Anton Cermak.”
-Robert Rodi at Newcity, Chicago