Andrew Hibbard is a musician, songwriter, singer and writer of poetry. Born in Hamilton, Ohio in the late months of 1995, he began playing guitar at the age of 6 when his father showed him some basic chords. Since high school he’s been picking and roaming, following the paths cut by his musical forebears – Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Neil Young, Hank Williams, Chet Atkins and Lightnin’ Hopkins.
Andrew has released two studio albums to date; Foot in the Door (2012) and Under the Knife(2015).
He has toured, performed at festivals and shared the stage with some titans of the American songbook; Dr. Ralph Stanley, Willie Nelson, Sturgill Simpson, Old Crow Medicine Show, the Tillers, Willie Watson and My Brother the Bear.
Andrew claims to have written nearly 300 songs, most of which he’s scrapped, lost or forgotten. Luckily, a dozen of the best have survived the culling and are slated for release on his third self-titled LP, due out in the Spring of 2020 on SofaBurn.
Whether it’s paying tribute to the classics or displaying his own craft to match his musical mentors, Andrew Hibbard is sure to be a delightful and intoxicating experience to anyone who is a fan of Folk/Country/Blues at its best.
Today Glide is excited to offer an exclusive premiere of the video for his song “Changes”, which will be featured on the upcoming record. Played in a mournful vein not unlike fellow Ohio native Jason Molina, Hibbard injects plenty of twang into a high and lonesome, shuffling tune. His love of country music is evident in the honky tonk stylings that bring to mind the classics of the genre, but there is also a dark folk sound underlying the twang. This is accentuated in the grainy black and white video that features sad and mysterious characters wandering rural roads, train tracks, and bars in between performance footage of Hibbard and his band. All of this comes together for a song that is far more intriguing than the average Americana artist tapping into the same sound over and over again.
Hibbard describes the tune in his own words, and it’s no surprise that the the ghost of Hank Williams makes an appearance:
“This record is just raw and extremely honest, and that is sort of the point. The band didn’t even know the songs. We all just met up and started drinking. The recording started at around 8 at night, and there was a quick run down of the melody before each take and then it was just being recorded. It was recorded in a barn out in the middle of nowhere in Ohio, called Howler Hills Farm. Every take was all live with no separate rooms because the band all was in the same area, and each song was a first or second take. It was just straight to the tape machine. No quick fixes, no computers, or anything. The only overdubs were on the piano, and that’s because I wanted to record at the Herzog studio space in Cincinnati, where Hank Williams recorded ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.’ By the end of the 8 hour session, at 4 AM the record was finished.
I wrote the song ‘Changes’ how I write most of my other songs; by not trying to write them. I gotta ignore it for a while and let it become desperate. Sometimes it’s good to ignore all this garbage around us. Cause things that matter can’t be ignored long.”