Over the past 27 years primarily as a solo acoustic "One man band to the bone", Kimbel has played nationally recognized Festivals, Special Events, Folk and Blues venues, Colleges, and has also been featured many times on Radio and Television shows.
Kimbel delivers spirited, dynamically-packed performances while showcasing both self-penned original songs and strong interpretations of early classic country-blues and 70's based folk while captivating audiences with his highly reviewed acoustic guitar work whether it be a performance for 40 people at a folk club or house concert, thousands at a festival or millions on television as he did regularly on QVC earlier in his career, Kimbel makes the stage his home and it shows.
The majority of Andy's audiences who have provided a foundation for his fairly consistent top ten rankings in several indie charts hail from North America, Canada, and parts of Europe. Fans of the acoustic guitar and those who play are drawn to Andy's “Acoustic Energy” as his improvisational guitar work shows remarkable musicianship,
Kimbel's shows have lots of "wow" appeal and offer a very entertaining time for all. If you and your audiences enjoy exciting guitar work and the music of the classic acoustic country blues masters such as Robert Johnson and Lighting Hopkins as well as guitar styles of artists such as Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna), Chris Smither, Tommy Emmanuel, Bob Dylan, John Prine with perhaps a little Guy Clark and yes, Keith Richards, then you will surely appreciate the music of Andy Kimbel.
Andy also plays with very talented backing studio session musicians in a band "Andy Kimbel Express". Ask about pricing.
A few quotes from various media over the years.
Andy Kimbel tells his story with voice and guitar, drawing on the techniques that have sustained itinerant blues artists for generations. For this fingerstyle guitarist, the instrument is a portable orchestra, with bass lines, chords, and fragments of melody to support his vocals.” . . .Hawaii Public Radio
“Started out great and he keeps getting better! His folk and country blues, self-written or by other blues greats, zoom right into his audience's heart. He often provides his own percussion by placing a mic for his tapping feet while he picks his guitar.”- Tri-Cities Paper, Syracuse NY
..."Not many can engage and audience as a solo performer for almost three hours, a one man Greatful Dead to the bone'. . . Springfield Sun
"He's blues, he's folk he's country, he's Andy Kimbel, a Philadelphia guy gone national”
"Andy has become one of my favorites." . . Gene Shay, WHYY & WXPN Philadelphia
”He keeps his audiences enticed with a great flow and versatility as his fingers move effortlessly across the neck of the guitar while picking rhythm patterns and leads simultaneously improvising with his own song compositions and a selection of traditional standards.“. . . Philadelphia Inquirer
“There is a nice balance between his own material and covers, these covers are so well and personally done, that you almost don't recognize the originals, Great!!” Thanks again for giving me the opportunity to play such great music on my show!!. . . Ray Pieters, Belgium Radio
“His always expressive guitar playing that ranged from frolicking and exuberant to driving and soulful. Whether picking, plucking or using a skillful slide, Kimbel brings to the stage vision of the roots of American Music that conjures up everything from rambling railroad trains to dark and lonely nights of solitary traveling”…- Pam Miller, . . .Big Shout Magazine
“Andy is known for his “furious” guitar styles and songs. He is among the finest fingerstyle folk and blues performers…”- New York Post
"A great blues guitar player and songwriter. Great to have him regularly on our show" Steve Bryant, Senior Music, Entertainment and Technology host, QVC Television
“An artist who's star is rising quickly” …WBAI N.Y.
“Real real good Blues” … The most passionate and energetic Acoustic Musician” …WPGR Wilmington DE
"This is a guy that you have to see live". . . Columbus Dispatch
"Andy Kimbel is a great acoustic blues guitar finger-picker and string-bender!"...Acoustic Guitar Magazine
"Some off the most amazing guitar work I have ever heard!" ... Dan Maher, Radio Host: Inland Folk, WA
"Andy Kimbel, . . . amazing acoustic Guitar Wizard". . . North Wales PA Reporter
"Andy Kimbel is a master of the guitar. He plays with emotion and energy that jumps out at you whether he is gently plucking on a slower ballad or moving his fingers at a lightning pace on an energetic blues or even a Celtic selection" ..… Guitar Player Magazine
"A strong performer; plays with great sensitivity and feel for his music". . .Sound Bytes
"Absolutely excellent, One Man Greatful Dead....Wisconsin Public Radio