Band/Artist Name: Andrew Tufano

Recommended if you like: My Newer Songs: Gregory Alan Isakov, Tallest Man on Earth, Julien Baker ||||||| My Older Songs: Andy Grammer, Brett Dennen, Amos Lee

Story behind your band/artist name: My parents thought Andrew was a good name :)

Band Members: Just me! Guitar/Piano/Vocals

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : From Sterling, VA. Grew up playing shows in and around DC. Now based in Nashville, and touring through DC every month or two!

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: In my junior and senior years of high school, I used to skip school to play at Renaissance Hotels in DC. I told them I was 21 so they would book me, but never accepted drinks when they offered because I was afraid they'd find out I was underage and never hire me again. Those gigs paid better than a few of the shows I play nowadays....

One time, I had a show in DC, and was taking a bus from Knoxville. It was early March (I think 2015?), and the bus was cancelled from snow. I ended up finding a ride on Craigslist from an Iranian fashion designer named Farshad. We drove through the night as he smoked weed from a pipe disguised as an inhaler and showed me Buddhist meditation CDs. He was very clear that I should tell no one he was driving up the east coast and not in San Francisco where he was supposed to be, as if there was anyone I could tell. We still keep in touch to this day!

One of my first times driving on my own was with a stick shift in DC in rush hour. Still to date this might be the most stressful experience of my life, but I guess 16-year-old me learned a lot by stalling in the middle of an intersection and getting honked at from all sides.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: General bio info: The 3 EPs I have out are drastically different than songs I'm releasing this year – though I do have one new single out that sounds more like me today (PCH – Amplify Sessions). Last year I wrote 100 songs in 100 days on YouTube. I spent 2016 living out of my car on tour, and am spending most of 2017 writing in Nashville. I have one song that's not good for FCC – Love You Lazy, off my "Dotted Lines" EP from 2013.

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Main Genre: Folk

Other Genres: acoustic, pop, americana, singer/songwriter