In this week's music interview podcast, I talked with Andrew Sa!
Here's Andrew Sa's bio:
Actor and Vocalist Andrew Sa has earned the title of Chicago’s premiere queer country crooner. Sa’s career has always been rooted in songwriting that highlights his easy and elegant voice, but when he met mentor and pioneer Patrick Hagerty of Lavender Country, “Lonesome Andrew” was born. Diving headfirst into the catalogs of Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, and other classic songwriters that defined his childhood, Sa easily slipped into this new but familiar persona. It wasn’t long before all of Chicago was seeking out his voice.
“Lonesome Andrew” quickly became the star of The Cosmic Country Showcase, an instant smash hit camp-country revue based out of the Hideout, a bar that has fostered many a golden voices for decades. One of those legendary voices, Kelly Hogan (Mavis Staples, Neko Case), instantly recognized Sa’s abilities and quickly the two were booking gigs across the city as a duo. The young and talented Liam Kazar (Tweedy, Marrow) also recruited Sa for a duet on his debut album Due North. Audiences and fellow artists alike reveled in Sa’s intra-generational appeal that, while timeless, is rooted in a definitively young, queer perspective.
Andrew Sa and I had what my producer called a very "cute" conversation, which I think basically described our chemistry. Andrew was so charming to talk to! It was pretty special to talk to him right before he performed a HUGE show he created at Chicago's Millennium Park called "Andrew In Anotherland" which consisted of 16 different videos made specially for the event and live performances by Andrew and a whole host of other talented Chicago musicians.
During our conversation, Andrew discussed learning to love collaboration, his evolving feelings on performing covers vs originals, his #1 advice to artists finding their voice, and plenty more !!
Learn more about Andrew Sa here!
Andrew In Anotherland
The Hideout Chicago
CIVL (Chicago Independent Venues League)
Cosmic Country Showcase
Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game"
Nat King Cole
A Perfect World OST
The Thing Called Love
Old Town School of Folk Music
Patsy Cline's "She’s Got You"
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