Andy Fairweather Low & the Low Riders
Nells Jazz & Blues, London.
3 North End Crescent
West Kensington (3mins)
Bus - 74, 190, 430, N74 & N97
Andy Faiweather Low has a magnificent CV. Throughout his momentous career, Fairweather Low has played with such artists as Bob Dylan, Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, David Crosby, The Band, Richard and Linda Thompson, Dave Gilmour, The Who, BB King, Joe Cocker, Steve Winwood, Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn, Jimmy Page, Ronnie Lane, Linda Ronstadt, Roddy Frame, Emmylou Harris, Joe Satriani, the Bee Gees, Jeff Beck, The Impressions, Lonnie Donegan, Ringo Starr, Steve Gadd, David Sanborn, Benmont Tench, Warren Zevon, Charlie Watts, Mary J. Blige, Dave Edmunds, Georgie Fame, Bonnie Raitt, Otis Rush, Phil Collins, Van Morrison, Gerry Rafferty, Chris Rea, Buddy Guy, Chris Barber, Jackson Browne, Bill Wyman, Sheryl Crow, Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown, Pete Townshend and hundreds more.
Quite simply, Andy Fairweather Low has been – and continues to be - the guitarist and vocalist of choice for a phenomenal cast list of musical luminaries.
In 1975, he released his second solo album, ‘La Booga Rooga’, which eventually emerged as his most successful record. Produced by the celebrated Glyn Johns – at that time fresh from working with The Eagles – ‘La Booga Rooga’ featured such stellar musicians as ex-Eagle Bernie Leadon (guitar), Dave Mattacks (drums), Eddie ‘Tan Tan’ Thornton (trumpet), Kenney Jones (drums), John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick (keyboards), BJ Cole (steel guitar) and Georgie Fame (keyboards). Among the tracks was ‘Wide Eyed and Legless’, a Top 10 hit for Fairweather Low at the end of 1975.
Fairweather Low was also a regular player with George Harrison, appearing on his ‘Live in Japan’ album and, in 2002, playing several of the lead guitar parts for the Harrison tribute, ‘The Concert for George’.
One of Fairweather Low’s longest musical relationships, however, has been with Roger Waters. The two have worked together since Waters’ ‘Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking’ tour of America in 1985. Since that time Fairweather Low has contributed to two of Waters’ albums – ‘Radio K.A.O.S’ in 1987 and ‘Amused to Death’ in 1992 – and played guitar and bass on the 1999-2002 ‘In the Flesh’ world tour. Fairweather Low rejoined Waters for the ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ tour this year.
Fairweather Low was also a regular member of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, the consequence of another relationship that stretches back to the mid-Eighties. Fairweather Low and Wyman first worked together at the Small Faces’ legendary bass player Ronnie Lane’s A.R.M.S. – Action for Research into Multiple Sclerosis – benefit concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 1983. It was a charity cause that Wyman revisited in 1985 with Willie & The Poor Boys, a Fifties’ style rock ‘n’ roll concept band featuring Fairweather Low. Since that time Fairweather Low has been frequently involved in Wyman’s projects, most recently touring with the Rhythm Kings in 2005 and the summer of 2006.
But perhaps it was inevitable that one day Fairweather Low would be tempted to return to the studio in his own right. That time has come.
'Sweet Soulful Music’ reunites Fairweather Low with producer Glyn Johns - and features bassist David Bronze (Eric Clapton, Robin Trower, Procol Harum), drummer Henry Spinetti (Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Roger Daltrey) and John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick (Bob Marley, The Who, Pete Townshend) together with Roger Waters’ back-up singers Katie Kissoon, Carol Kenyon and PP Arnold.
Twenty-six years was a long wait but ‘Sweet Soulful Music’ signaled a welcome return to Solo work for one of the UK’s most distinctive artists, as heartily endorsed by many of the world’s greatest talents.
October 2007 saw Andy touring solo again in the UK with his own all star band containing Chris Stainton – Keyboards, Dave Bronze – Bass and Paul Beavis – Drums. One of the shows was filmed and the resulting DVD is released in June 2008 closely following the TV advertised release of his new album – The Very Best Of Andy Fairweather Low – The Low Rider.
Further tours in 2008 & 2009 cemented Andy’s position in the UK as a live touring band and he won many new friends whilst opening shows with the band for Robert Cray, Dennis Locorriere & latterly Eric Clapton on their UK tours.
The permanent line up of his band The Low Riders is Paul Beavis – Drums, Dave Bronze – Bass & Vocals & Nick Pentelow - Sax and Clarinet.
Andy & The Lowriders opened the shows on the 2011 UK Eric Clapton UK Tour and a live CD called ‘ Lively ‘ was released later that year. They were in the studio again in 2012 and ‘ Zone O Tone ‘ their new CD was released that Summer on Proper Records.
2013 saw Andy & The band opening the shows on Eric’s European tour headline The Americana Festival and complete their first tour in Japan with 8 shows in Tokyo.
Their UK Spring touring cemented in a growing UK fanbase too and then Andy and Dave Bronze picked up touring again as members of Eric Clapton’s band and for good measure Andy himself took part, playing guitar, in a special all star re-recording for Radio 2 of Rock Around The Clock for a series celebrating the Birth Of Rock & Roll which was broadcast in May this year.
In May 2015 they were included as opening act for Eric’s 70th birthday shows and so played two shows at Madison Square Garden and seven shows at The Royal Albert Hall.