Andrew Vladeck puts his modern spin on rustic folk music by creatively fusing the old and new. The NYC-born songster’s banjo is hot-wired with pickups and pedals and he welds traditional finger-style guitar playing to a Gibson 335. His writing shines with sparkle and grit for a sound that can span decades in the space of a song.
The call of the wild didn’t lead this 4th-generation New Yorker very far, he became an Urban Park Ranger in the Bronx. He embraced the traditional folk music with the alluring moxie of his city, experimenting how to combine the two in clubs downtown. His seemingly paradoxical impulses push his sharp, lyric-driven songwriting in unexpected ways. “I like figuring out how to say something differently, where it’s more likely to catch the ear,“ says Vladeck. Altogether his approach reconfigures folk and rock in a satisfyingly contradictory Bronx Park Ranger kind of way.
“The perfect blend of Midwestern thoughtfulness and New Yorker gruff.“ The L Magazine
“Absolutely entertaining stuff from a singer/songwriter who is not doing what everyone else is doing these days… songs sound modern, yet have this historical, Americana feel to them.“ Music Connection
On the forthcoming album (produced by Paul Loren for End Up Records), Vladeck’s approach is playful and soulful, with songs of yearning and becoming, chasing visions and reckoning with earthly concerns. Landscapes shimmer and cars fly in an album constantly on the move through soundscapes that recall Dylan, The Stones, Van Morrison, Elvis Costello. Vladeck sings with an impishness and hopefulness reminiscent of Paul Simon and Bruce Springsteen. Vladeck combats fate in “Going Down Fighting” and overcomes the past in “Long Shadow,“ but he still leaves room for a silver-tongued date in “Gush,” enchantment in “Words Escape Me,” and even a critique of pop culture in “Fantasy.“ His inventive folk-based stylings complement his voice and the stories themselves.
Andrew Vladeck was voted NYC Artist of the Month in The Deli Magazine and has opened for Andrew Bird, The National, Marah, Beth Orton, Alejandro Escovedo, and others. The Village Voice has calls his performances “bold and brassy, nothing but fun.“ Vladeck’s songs have won multiple honors from various songwriting competitions (ISC, GASC, IMAs, Billboard), some of these judged, fittingly enough, by the very same artists that inspired him to write music in the first place. Vladeck was raised in a hoe with two vintage jukeboxes, and even received his first guitar lesson from the musician David Bromberg, his father’s cousin. Andrew also performs with Balthrop, Alabama and The Honey Brothers, and even joined Bhi Bhiman on stage for a couple of songs. His new record will be available 2014.
Recent personal highlights:
– Played his way into, then out of, an Italian jail.
– Shook hands with Pete Seeger.
– Physically ran into Bruce Springsteen.
– Almost biked over Yoko Ono in Central Park but thankfully did not.
– Almost killed (not a highlight), then helped rescue (highlight!), his mother when she was bitten by one of the most poisonous snakes in North America.
– Lead a walking tour on the history of the Battle of Brooklyn.