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The Andy Poxon Band features Andy Poxon on guitar and
vocals, Russ Wasson on bass, and Mike O’Donnell on drums. The band has been
together since May 2009, and plays regularly in various live music venues
around Maryland/DC/Virginia. The band plays a wide variety of Andy’s
originals and covers, ranging from traditional blues to rockabilly and
country. The combination of Andy’s voice and guitar playing, along with the
solid foundation of Russ & Mike, make for an unforgettable evening of music.
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Andy has been performing around the MD-VA-DC-DE area since 2008. He performs regularly with the Andy Poxon Band, and has also performed with Tom Principato, Bobby Parker, Dave Chappell, Daryl Davis, Pete Ragusa (formerly of The Nighthawks), The Nighthawks, the Thrillbillies, David Kitchen, Mary Shaver, Greg Phillips, Hot Rods and Old Gas, The Idle Americans, Scott Ramminger and the Crawstickers, Robert Fiester, Billy Thompson, Clarence “The Bluesman” Turner, Waverly Milor, Lisa Lim, and Tony Fazio.
In 2011, Andy played in a tribute to Pinetop Perkins with The Nighthawks and Daryl Davis at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis and the State Theatre in Falls Church, VA. Andy also performed at the 2011 Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival with Daryl Davis and with the Andy Poxon Band at the Colonial Beach Blues Festival and Artscape 2011 in Baltimore, MD. Andy opened for Joe Louis Walker and for Coco Montoya at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, and has opened for Richard Ray Farrell, Billy Thompson, and The Idle Americans at the Old Bowie Town Grille. Andy performed in the South River High School jazz ensemble, and in 2009 and 2011 was the guitarist for the Anne Arundel County All-County Jazz Band. In August 2009, he won first place in the Youth Arts Forum young artists cover contest for his interpretation of “Don‟t Burn Down That Bridge.” In 2010, Andy received Wammie nominations for Best New Artist of the Year, Best Debut Recording, and Best Blues/Traditional R&B Recording. Andy is currently enrolled in Towson University, majoring in classical guitar performance.
Influences include B.B. King,
Otis Rush, Magic Sam,
Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Charlie
Christian, Hank Williams, Sean Costello,
Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent, and The Beatles.
Mike O'Donnell, drums
Drummer and educator Mike O'Donnell has performed with: John Luskey, Kevin Kline, John Remy, ACME Blues Company, The Idle Americans, Darryl Davis, Hot Rods & Old Gas, Mike Westcott, Clarence "the Bluesman" Turner, Jubal Kane, Scott Ramminger and the CrawStickers.
Mike currently serves on the music faculty at North County High School in Glen Burnie, Maryland. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and a Masters in Jazz Studies from the University of Maryland.
Russ Wasson, bass
Russ has been playing bass for many years - his first professional job was at age 14 in 1966. He has performed or recorded with artists such as: John Fred, Percy Sledge, Frankie Ford, Jeff Pollard and Tony Haselden of Le Roux, Bobby Kimball of Toto,Donny Wynn (drummer for Robert Palmer), Van Broussard and many others, including Louis Anderson and Becky Hobbs, Kirk Holder, Todd Westbrook, Vin Bruce of Moving Colors Productions, and Kirk and the Cutthroats.