Nels Andrews

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Nels Andrews
Genres Indie folk, singer-songwriter
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2002–present
Labels Lucky Dice (NL), Reveal (UK), Ignatius (US)
Associated acts AJ Roach
Nuala Kennedy
Ana Egge
Todd Sickafoose
Washboard Williams
Website [1]
Members Brandon Seabrook (banjo, mandolin), Jonathan Goldberger (electric guitar)

Nels Andrews is a folk singer based in Brooklyn, New York. Known primarily as a folk singer, few know of his apprenticeship with cult blues icon Washboard Williams.

In 2002, Andrews was selected as a winner in the prestigious New Folk Competition at the annual Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville, Texas. Past winners of this coveted award include, Eric Taylor, Steve Earle, Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett and Slaid Cleaves.

In 2006, Nels was selected as the winner of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival's Troubadour Competition

In August 2006, Nels was selected as a winner of the Mountain Stage New Song Competition.

Nels Andrews' debut full-length recording, Sunday Shoes rose to Number 1 on the UK Americana Chart, and finished the year ranked Number 4 on the Euro Americana Chart's Top 20 albums of 2004.

Andrews frequently appears in concert with AJ Roach. The two have toured together in the United States and Europe in late 2006.[2]


Studio albums

  • Sunday Shoes (March 15, 2005, self-released)[1]
  • Off Track Betting (2008, Reveal Records)
  • Scrimshaw (2012)

EPs & singles

  • Some Pig (EP)
  • Duct Tape & Whiskey (split single with AJ Roach)


  • Before the Goldrush: The Covers Project (2008, A Nest of Eggs) [A Project Benefit Teach for America, includes cover of Tom Waits' "I Hope I Don't Fall in Love with You"]
  • American Meth: The Soundtrack (2009, The American Meth Education Foundation) [Includes 3 tracks by Andrews, 11 by other artists]


  1. ^ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Review: Sunday Shoes, 3/5 stars