Nowadays only a few isolated cowboys in the pockets of the American landscape dare to challenge the rigid modern musical status quo.
Some do, by blowin' on the glowin' embers of a culture whispering at Death's door : southern bluegrass and gospel, rural folk and old-time Appalachian music, country blues and the oft spoken "old weird America". Andy Dale Petty is certainly amongst these rare firekeepers - Hence a fine weirdo in a bunk timeframe.
Born in the mid 80s in rural Georgia, raised & reared as an only child among fifty cousins in Huntsville, Alabama through the Nirvana, Bill Gates, Clinton & Bush years, and now having set down roots on some land near the town of Marshall, North Carolina (Pop. 800), Andy is a jack-of-all trades - an active witness and archivist of his homeland changings. Carrying the spiritual heritage of shouters, fingerpickers and troubadour peers like Hobart Smith, Dock Boggs and Abner Jay, as well as the influence of modern outsider musician figures like Daniel Johnston and Charlie McAlister, Andy established himself one foot in the tradition of the long-gone travelling medicine shows and greasy hoboes, the other in the wave of southern gothic literature heroes such as Harry Crews and William Faulkner.
As were those writers and performers, Andy is first and foremost a storyteller. And as a storyteller he can't draw a dividing line between his life and his songs - the first embracing the latter and vice versa. Its hard to keep your boots on when your ankle deep in the mud. His chronicling of dreams, travels, strange encounters, roots and family background, interests diving into herbalism and obscure history and beat literature end up blended together in colorful lil' witchy poems bathed in southern folklore meant to be sung and whistled.
And since his late teens years, Andy has travelled the byways and blue highways singing and whistling his tunes - accompanying himself only with the banjo or the guitar - in the most strange and out of the way bars, clubs, squats, basements, barns and streets of almost every States in America, Eastern & Western Europe, Turkey, Israel and Mexico.
In a post-apocalyptic 21st century only 20 years old - in which neoliberalism, galloping social inequalities, political apathy, narcissism, technophilia, virtual gulags and a world pandemic has finally achieved to destroy our sense of the Land, our sense of priorities, our desire for rebellion as well as most of what was left of our collective mental health, Andy Dale Petty's ageless songs may very well be an antidote - it's secret ingredients are lying down somewhere at the bottom of a mysterious 1920s glass-embossed medicine bottle.