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Biography for Andy Wilkinson & Andy Hedges

Andy Wilkinson

A poet, song writer, singer, and playwright whose particular interest is the history and peoples of the Great Plains, Andy Wilkinson has recorded eight albums of original music and has written six plays, “Charlie Goodnight's Last Night,” a one-man show performed by Mr. Barry Corbin, the musical drama “My Cowboy's Gift,” “The Soul of the West” (written with Red Steagall), “The Fires of Camp,” an historical musical commissioned by the City of Lubbock, "A Way In the West," a one-woman show performed by Ms. Trudy Fair, and “The Lost Letter”. His work has received several awards, including the Texas Historical Foundation's John Ben Shepperd Jr. Craftsmanship Award, and three National Western Heritage “Wrangler” Awards, two for original music and one for poetry. He is Artist in Residence at the Southwest Collection at Texas Tech University, where he is also visiting assistant professor in the School of Music and in the Honors College. In addition to his writing and teaching, he tours extensively in the US and abroad.

Andy Hedges

Hailing from Lubbock, TX, Andy Hedges is a reciter, singer and guitarist. For the last dozen years or so he has entertained audiences all over the West with his classic cowboy recitations, clean guitar work, and cowboy folk music.

Andy has performed at The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, NV, The Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering, and countless cowboy gatherings, theaters, festivals, and concert venues around the West.

He has released two cowboy poetry albums, and in 2004 debuted his first music album, “City Boys.” Produced by Andy Wilkinson, “City Boys” is a collection of “eclectic cowboy folk” music. It includes new songs by Andy, Rod Taylor, and Andy Wilkinson, old obscure songs from the cowboy, Scottish, bluegrass, and folk traditions, as well as songs by Bob Dylan and Don McLean. Producer Andy Wilkinson writes: “cowboy music was always like the cowboy: unsuitable for fencing, impossible to corral, unwilling to go any way but it's own. Which pretty well describes the music of Andy Hedges."

Andy Wilkinson & Andy Hedges

In 2009 the two Andys teamed-up on a joint album project, “Welcome to the Tribe” (Yellowhouse Music, 2009) which has been named as the recipient of the prestigious Western Heritage “Wrangler” Award for Outstanding Traditional Western Album by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. In addition, they have released another album “Long Ways from Home.” “Long Ways from Home” is a collection of songs old and new, traditional and contemporary, all cut from the same cloth of the fundamental fabric of the human story: wanderers and travelers making their way in unknown territory, cowboys and explorers cutting for sign on new trails, and all those lost and lonely in the realms of the mind or the heart or the spirit. As with their past projects, the young Andy Hedges has sought out the old while the senior Andy Wilkinson has crafted the new, all collaboratively arranged and laid down with the freshness and edge of real time recording that features the harmonies of Alissa Hedges and special guests Don Edwards (six string banjo) and Curtis Peoples (bass).