Young rock/fusion virtuoso Andy Wood started out on the mandolin at the very tender age of 5. Coming from a very music-oriented family in east Tennessee, Andy's first musical love was bluegrass - learning how to play the mandolin and becoming a proficient musician from his grandfather (Paul Birchfield) and his cousin Brian Arrowood, who is a monster fiddle player and currently the band leader for country artist Mat Stillwell. This early exposure to the difficult musical idiom of bluegrass allowed Andy to develop his phenomenal technique and superb all-around musicianship. Andy played in a family bluegrass trio that traveled to different festivals where he was always surrounded by great players. Andy fondly remembers those days and states, It's funny, but I actually still consider mandolin my main instrument. Constant musical activity soon had Andy participating in various bluegrass and country music competitions and winning the top prize wherever he went. At the age of 16, Andy finished second at the world championship mandolin contest in Winfield, Kansas. It wasn't until two years later that Andy took up the electric guitar. Although having played the acoustic guitar besides the mandolin, the electric guitar was a whole new instrument but Andy took to it like fish to water and soon Andy was playing along to songs that featured studio legends like Mike Landau, Dan Huff, Brent Mason, and John Jorgenson. It wasn't until Andy was 20 that he started becoming aware of rock vir...
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