Andy’s Interests and Projects
Andy Goessling started as a musician at age 11 and became a full time working musician by the age of 15. An introduction to the clarinet in grade school and the gift of an antique zither by his mother prompted a career as a woodwind and string multi-instrumentalist and lifelong interest in musical instrument history.
A founding member of the Americana band, Railroad Earth, Andy plays acoustic guitar, mandolin, dobro, banjo, reeds, penny whistle, and recorder. When off time permits, Andy tours with other projects to extend his musical palette. These projects are The Shockenaw Mountain Boys, an acoustic bluegrass outfit that includes other members of RRE, and the NYC- based acoustic world music band, Sleeping Bee ( info at Lindseyhorner.com).
On his newest Zither Revival project, Andy has gone back to one of his first instruments, the zither, to make audiences more aware of its history and musical possibilities. Waiting for Zitheman is a short promotional film directed and filmed in the style of the 1949 movie, The Third Man, featuring a zither performance of the Casablanca song, As Times Goes By. The single soundtrack is available on CDBaby.com and iTunes.
Andy has enjoyed a long and varied career being a part of many seminal projects in the acoustic, folk and bluegrass scenes. He has supported artists such as Garnet Rogers, Rick Danko, Greg Brown, Richard Shindell, Vance Gilbert and many others. He has played with Allman Brothers guitarist, Warren Haynes, two of his personal Bluegrass heroes, David Bromberg and John McEuen, and Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir.