Artist: Andy Shaw Band Track: "Take It All In" Album: The Relay Sessions
For the most part, Andy Shaw, one of the hardest working band leaders in Columbus, plays an enjoyable brand of rock music that could easily find its way onto the playlists of most college students and into the hearts of those who like Gavin DeGraw, Counting Crows and O.A.R.
It's a no-frills type music, and while I'm wooed most frequently by frills, Shaw's music maintains a candid nature without sounding all melodramatic. He's not likely to stretch the metaphorical value of a poker game into an entire song.
Shaw released an album earlier this year, but The Relay Sessions offers some of his strongest, most contemplative work to date. The Andy Shaw Band also plays often - and everywhere - so pick out a spot and wait for them to show up. It won't be long.
Friday, September 14: Skully's Music Diner, Short North Saturday, September 15: Cheeseburger in Paradise, Polaris