January was one long, rainy cloud of a month. A few good brightspots though. My show at the Buzz ranked among my best there, and I had the chance to play in the pit at the Raue Center with some excellent musicians, which was a tremendous amount of fun. New songs were written as well, which always lifts my spirits. I'll be hitting the road for a bit later this month and hope to bring the new material along with me. See ya in Chicago, Winona, & Duluth!
Hard to believe, but here we are at the twelfth day of Christmas. I need to send a very huge thanks to everyone who jumped online to purchase the Lights & Snow EP over the season. I broke just about every marketing rule there is in releasing that one, and I am truly touched by the support. Thanks to the wonders of the 'net, I got some great comments from folks around the globe about the songs. Talk about a great kickstart to the New Year......
2012 was a somewhat of a benchmark year on the performance front. I played more shows (65 I think), more states, new clubs, cafes, and festivals, and found myself on the radio again here and there (including a spontaneuos a capella performance of the chorus of Resurrection Mary back in September on the local station, but that's a longer story for a different time). Woven within these fine moments were some heartbreaking lows, some moments that could have easily been scenes that were "deleted for being too real" from the classic Spinal Tap film, and some other things that are still to perplexing to really categorize. I have to confess that I wondered a few times, "is this what a sincere and true effort buys you?".
Let me sidestep for a second. Stephen Mason from Jars of Clay has the statement "I am in this for the long haul" (or something to that effect) written on his telecaster guitar. The first time I saw that years back, it was like having a wave of ice cold water pour and burn over me. I'm not even sure if it was a statement about the longevity of his band, or perhaps their amazing mission work, but as far as I was concerned, he didn't need to have it there at all. The commitment came across in every note he played and sang that entire show. I was transfixed.
Sincerity. Commitment. Strong words, difficult devotions, and I'm all in. See you in 2013.
Just in time (barely!)..... The Lights & Snow EP has arrived back at the studio-stead and should ba available for download very soon. There are a very limited number of actual CD copies available which will be available at my shows on December 14, 21, 28, and 29.
Recovering from a very unexpected steamroller of a flu (finally!). Had a great gig in Fort Wayne last Saturday, despite sounding like I had swallowed a bowl of broken glass.....
Dropped a hint about a Christmas EP on social media. 2012 just mught be the year, asuming some final mixes go well.
June was beyond words busy. I blinked and July is gone, August is worse than June. Stay tuned.....cool stuff down the road.
Still on cloud nine from a couplo recent shows.....HUGE thanks to Dave Gutshall and Anthony Houston lending their talents to make the return to School Street so successful on March 3. And then on March 10, the Gecko Club had our first show in a number of months. First time we played at the Red Line Tap and I think we scorched it. Great night!
Prepping for the upcoming shows in WI and MN. If there are any requests out there, send 'em my way.
Good God, where does the time go? The 3-song CD Single for "Resurrection Mary" is out now. Check it out here for more information.
Special thanks to the excellent folks at Indie Coffee in Madison, WI for the warm reception last week. Your willingness to singalong with me made for a truly memorable show. SIncere thanks to all of you!
Big shows coming up! Don't miss out.
I have not had time to play any type of video game in literally years. Well, at least literally months if I count this cool pinball app I have.
Anyway - if by any chance you are a gamer, here is some cool news for you: I just did the soundtrack for http://theafkpodcast.com. Check out the site and give it a listen. Yes, that is me and my acoustic self on the raging electric guitars, thundering drums & bass, and heavenly voices. Don't see the nexus? Check out the Gecko Club....... :) Anyway, the soundtrack is titled "She Sings for Justice". It was a fun project to say the least!
Speaking of the Gecko Club - don't miss us in our guitar-pop glory at the Red Line Tap in Chicago on March 10!
Back to my folk-rock world - there are a couple very big shows coming up. Don't miss March 3 at School Street Station. It was an amazing show there last time and we'll take it one level further at this one. Also, don't miss the upcoming shows in Duluth, Madison, and Oak Park! That's it for now.
Oh - one last thing. The Resurrection Mary CD Single should be back in my hands this week I think. I'll have a limited number of physical copies with me at upcoming shows.
Alright, here we go with 2012.....First formal show of the year was last Saturday night at the Buzz Cafe, where I had the pleasure to play for a very appreciative group. A good way to kick off the year in gigland.
The other exciting news is that the Resurrection Mary single - complete with an unreleased b-side and a solo acoustic mix of the a-side should be shipped for duplication next week. More to follow soon!
Also lining up my spring/summer gigs.....a daily reminder that I need an agent.
Next show up is Feb 4 @ the Buzz. See you there maybe?
Well, the shows are wrapped for 2011. Here's the nutshell in lyric form:
Local venues closed & other venues found,
two mini-tours in the bag with brand new songs abound;
A pre-gig monsoon at a small-town art-fest,
and CD release gigs among the very best;
Other gigs & shows & fests I sang and played with glee,
I honored my commitment: Play with Sincerity
Like a greeting card for wayward musicians.......
Here's looking forward to a brilliant 2012.
Peace & Music ~
Christmas shows are fast approaching and I'm in the midst of the normal mad preparations. Local Holiday fests, a Veteran's Benefit, a night down in Oak Park, studio time, more studio time, and lots of writing all lie in the weeks ahead before Christmas. Truly the best time of the year, eh?
Check out the great review from the U.K. for Days Amidst the Dust. I hope everyone hears it the same way.
The local release show for "Days Amidst the Dust" was las last night at a great little venue called School Street Station. This was truly one for the books for me, in large part due to the overwhelming sense of 'community' i felt throughout the show. It was truly an honor to play for everyone and I am so grateful for the chance. Big thanks to Anthony Houston (percussion) and Dave Gutshall (guitar) for joining in the fun.
Aside from the excellent news that today is my wedding anniversary, I got a last minute gig for this weekend too! Saturday morning at the grand opening of the interpretive center at Seager Park in Naperville IL. Cool! Good progress on the 'Resurrection Mary' EP today as well.
So much going on! "Days Amidst the Dust" is out and is receiving great praise from the listeners.....I'm so proud of this record!
The MN fall tour was awesome - great fun in St. Paul playing with Elliot Hilton and Luke Taylor & co., and Duluth and Grand Marais felt like home once again. Nearly all the songs from the new record were played throughout the three shows. Looking forward to the Buzz in Oak Park tomorrow and School Street Station on Nov 5.
I'll be finishing up the "Resurrection Mary" EP shortly....more news on that later.
Pre-order Days Amidst the Dust on Amazon now! Check out the Andrew D. Huber/Days Amidst the Dust link to the right for sound clips!!
Wow. Approximately two days before I have "Days Amidst the Dust" landing on the proverbial doorstep. According to Nielson, the official release date is October 4, 2011, which means I will have a week where the album is just mine. I'm selfish that way. But I am happy to share the track listing at this time:
1. Resurrection Mary
3. Grand Marais
4. Bottom of the Glass
5. Letter from St. Paul
7. Dust of the Earth
8. Wishing Wells
9. The Very True Story of Maggie McGlynn
10. Box Elder Stomp
11. Devil's Month
12. Buffalo Plaid (Comic Book Hero)
13. Make the Mountain Low
Yesterday's shows were all good fun and I can't wait for the October stretch in MN and IL to celebrate the release of the new album.
Awesome show last night in Naperville -- fantastic crowd and great weather...One for the memory books. Looking forward to a more intimate affair this evening down in Oak Park.
Beyond depressed at the imminent closing of the Borders stores. I have enjoyed playing there so much over the years, both in IL and while on tour out east. Hope fully more thoughts later, just sad now.
Got the CD from the radio broadcast, and y memory served me well. I may have to use a few of these performances for some b-sides.....
Pat is still sidelined with his injury, but Herr Geist has graciously agreed to pound the skins for a set. So here's the rundown for tonight's show:
7pm- ADH solo -- come hear some songs from his upcoming solo record
7:30pm - Gecko Goes Acoustic - ADH, Tom, and Dave will rock the gecko acoustic
8:00pm - Power trio time...Dave switches to drums, I switch to electric, and Tom turns up
Quick recap of the radio show - I had the honor of playing on Wayne's Beatles hour.... a couple Beatles songs and several of my own. It went great and I should have my hands on a copy soon.
This Sunday I will play at the Naperville Kite Fest. Come and see the fun!
Hear ADH live on 98.3 WRLR on Memorial Day @ 3pm.
Not sure where the time has gone, but I do know the following: Many great shows so far this year and the recording of my next solo record is going great. MN shows are coming up soon - Coffee Grounds in St. Paul, then Duluth, then Grand Marais.....see you there!
Also -- I'll be giving a radio performance again soon. More later....
Just a quick update to say that the ADH mini Great Lakes tour this month was outstanding...truly memorable and I hope to be back up again soon.
Way overdue for an update... we had a great time playing a couple shows at Goose Island-Wrigleyville this past spring, and look forward to getting back there later this summer. Andy did a brief mini-tour of Wisconsin and Minnesota, culminating in a well-attended show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis. Thanks to everyone who came out for that.
We've been busy working on some new material for the upcoming shows. We hope to get into the studio this fall.
Upcoming shows in Naperville: today at the Kite Festival at Frontier park (Andy solo), at the Riverwalk in Naperville on June 11 (Andy solo), and again at the Riverwalk in Naperville in mid-July (tentatively July 16) with the full band.
Andy solo shows at Border's in Algonquin on July 17 and August 7.
Look for more information about late summer full band shows soon!
Where to begin....March 13 was the date of the Chicago St. Patrick's Day parade this year, and I want to make sure I properly set the stage for describing the gig. The faithful attendees of the parade generally start drinking at 8:00. In the morning. We went on at about 9:40 at night, so you can imagine the place was a bit lively.
April 10, 2009
The next Gecko Club show is Friday, May 22, at Clearwater Theatre in West Dundee (no guarantees that we will play Stonehenge however). Andy also has a number of solo dates booked between now and then.
March 09, 2009
Thanks to everyone who came out to see us at the Double Door! We had a great time and will have some audio/video from the show up here soon.
February 13, 2009
Gecko Club is thrilled to be playing the Double Door in Chicago on Tuesday February 24!
September 17, 2008
We may be the worst band ever in terms of timely updates to our website (what with the nearly 1 year interval since the last update), but Andy has been busy and has released a new solo record, Seagull, featuring 13 new songs. It is available from CD Baby from the link above, as is the CD single for "One More Round".
Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 22! We will be appearing at Clearwater Theater in West Dundee, IL, with classic rockers Old School. We are planning to unleash as many as 4 new Gecko songs at this show.
October 5, 2007
Here's the scoop on the Engage Internet Radio events next week...
The New Music Awards show is Thursday, October 11; on the strength of "Had a Secret" reaching the Hall of Fame, Andy will be performing during this show. He is also doing a live internet broadcast on Friday at 2:00 pm, and a showcase performance that evening at 9:00. All of those events take place at the Artist Development Complex in Southbridge MA.
For all you Gecko fans in Erie, PA, Andy will also do a show at the Border's Cafe on Saturday.
Following that he will return to Chicago.
October 2, 2007
Lots of cool news to report...
"Kaleidoscope" has been near the top of the Engage Ingernet Radio charts for the last 10 weeks. Keep those votes coming, and help us land two songs in their Hall of Fame in 2007!
Speaking of which, Andy will be traveling to the Boston area to perform "Had a Secret" at the Engage Hall of Fame Awards show on Thursday October 11, and a showcase gig over the weekend. The rest of the band are quite depressed at being unable to join Andy on this momentous occasion, but the day jobs have a nasty habit of getting in the way of the band at times. However, all of you Gecko Club fans in the Boston area, please try to come and see Andy's showcase. (more details on where it is once we get them!) If it goes well, we hope to get the whole band out your way soon!
July 28, 2007
Following up on the success of "Had a Secret", Engage Internet Radio has added "Kaleidoscope" to their rotation. Thanks to all you Gecko fans, "Kaleidoscope" made its debut at #6 on the Engage Most Requested chart! Please continue to vote for "Kaleidoscope" each week.
In other news, we're busy preparing for the August 10 show at the Riverwalk in downtown Naperville. It's been a while since we've done a full-band show, and we're looking forward to once again unleashing the electric Gecko.
July 3, 2007
After 13 consecutive weeks in the Engage top 10, "Had a Secret" has been retired to the Hall of Fame. Thanks to everyone who voted. We're expecting the Engage folks to select a second track soon. Stay tuned for more information about that.
In the meantime, Don't Panic! We are a Featured Artist in this month's Kweevak Music Magazine. In an infinitely improbable coincidence, this is issue #42, which is clearly a sign that the ultimate answer to your musical needs is our Evergreen CD!
We'd like to welcome all the readers of Kweevak to our site. Please also check out our myspace page.
April 25, 2007
3 weeks later and "Had a Secret" is still in the top 3 on Engage Internet Radio! Keep those votes coming, we really appreciate it.
April 1, 2007
No joke here, we ended our first week on Engage Internet Radio at #2!
Please continue to vote for "Had a Secret" once each week from each computer you use. (also from your internet-equipped cell phone, Blackberry, etc.)
March 25, 2007
We received great news from Engage Internet Radio - they are adding "Had a Secret" from our Evergreen CD to their playlist through the end of June! The number of spins it gets depends on popularity, and that's where you, the loyal Gecko Club fans, come in...
We need you to vote for "Had a Secret" once each week from each computer you use. More votes means more spins, and several weeks in the top 10 means they will add another track (please email us your suggestions for the second single!)
January 26, 2007
Again, it's been a while since we've updated...
Andy has booked a number of acoustic shows for this year. Check out the list of dates to see where and when. We're also working on adding a number of full band shows, so stay tuned for updates on that as well.
Evergreen is finally available on iTunes. The most downloaded individual tracks so far are "Penguin Song" and "Pretty Victoria".
October 21, 2006
Wow, 2 months since our last update here...
Those of you in the far northwest suburbs know Andy has been busy playing acoustic shows at many Border's locations. The next date is Saturday 11/25 in Algonquin, and is a great way to enjoy your post-Thanksgiving weekend!
For some reason Evergreen is not yet available on iTunes, but you can get our other CDs there:
We'll let you know as soon as Evergreen becomes available on iTunes.
August 16, 2006
Thanks to everyone who stopped by to listen at the Rivewalk in Naperville last Friday. If you missed that opportunity to hear us and pick up your copy of our new CD, Evergeen, fear not; it is still available from CD Baby:
or buy it digitally from iTunes, Rhapsody, eMusic... or special order it from Best Buy among hundreds of other stores... The Gecko is everywhere...
Andy has booked another acoustic tour of the far northwest suburbs. Check out the list of dates.
June 27, 2006
Thanks to all who came to one or more of our shows in June. It was a busy month... For those keeping score at home, that was indeed Andy and friends on both June 21 and June 23 at the Riverwalk in Naperville... the scheduled band on Friday cancelled, and we were happy to take the empty slot on short notice and enjoy the beautiful weather.
Extra special thanks to those who also bought one or more CDs! If you have not yet purchased your copy of evergreen, you were no doubt waiting for the chance to buy digitally from iTunes, Rhapsody, eMusic, ... Well, wait no longer - all 15 songs are now available through those channels.
Be sure to check out Andy's blog at myspace.com! Leave your comments there, he really does read everything.
June 7, 2006
Evergreen is now available from CD Baby!
Also, we have added a half-dozen more shows to the summer schedule. Andy and friends will open the Naperville Riverwalk concert series with an acoustic show on June 21, and the full band will close the series on August 11! Thanks to the Naperville Park District for having us back.
We're also expecting to have a very special announcement about a Chicago show in September - check back for more details.
May 22, 2006
Also look for some new shows to be announced soon!
April 5, 2006
After many long years, we are nearly ready to unleash 15 new Gecko songs for all of you to hear (and there was much rejoicing... yeah!). Two weeks ago, the mastering for the new CD, Evergreen, was completed! Thanks to the wonderful work of Dan at Colossal Mastering, it sounds fantastic.
Look for future updates with the offical release date, an MP3 for free, legal download, and information on shows celebrating the release of Evergreen soon.
In the meantime, don't forget Andy's April acoustic shows.
February 26, 2006
Thanks to all who came to see Andy's solo show (with a few friends) at Border's last night. Tonight we'll be making a few more tweaks to the mixes for the new CD... look for it here and at CD Baby in early spring!
January 25 2006
The second leg of the Gecko Acoustic Tour of the Northwest Suburbs gets underway this weekend. Also for those fans in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, mark your calendars for June 15, as we will be at the Terminal Bar that night.
Our second CD, Evergreen, is nearly done! We finished mixing a couple weeks ago. We will be fine-tuning the mixes over the next few weeks, then turn things over to the mastering and replication people. CDs should be available by spring! October 24 2005
The Gecko Acoustic Tour of the Northwest Suburbs gets underway this weekend!
Belated thanks to all who came to the August show at the riverwalk in Naperville. It was by far our best set in a long while.
July 29 2005
Thanks to all who came and saw the acoustic show at the riverwalk in Naperville. Special thanks to Andy's friends Dave and Chris (not to be confused with Dave and Chris of Gecko Club fame) for joining us on a half a dozen songs.
If you missed this show, or even if you didn't, be sure to catch us on August 19, again at the riverwalk in Naperville. We hope to have some promo CDs ready to go by then.
May 1 2005 News update from Andy:
Hi everyone (anyone?) and thanks for checking in with us on the web. Here are the latest happenings with us:
On the CD front - we are knee deep in pro-tools mixing disc 2. The songs sound amazing and i think the final product will more than justify the wait. Key tracks for me (this week) are " pretty victoria " , " sixteen different ways " , " breaking the well " , and " evergreen " . Hopefully we can get some mid-late mix mp3s posted soon for your preview.
On the gig front - I'm thrilled to announce a solo gig on July 20 and a full-blown Gecko Club show on August 19. Both shows will be sponsored by the Naperville Park District and will happen at the Naperville Riverwalk (directions forthcoming).
On the writing front - despite the zillion distractions of everyday life, I remain fully in love with the songwriting process and have continued to write throughout the long process of recording and mixing our new disc. I'm looking forward to getting started on a second solo disc (again likely to showcase my more acoustic side) and to start breaking in some new Gecko material with the band.
On the buy our music front - Both the first Gecko Club disc and the Andrew D. Huber solo disc are available via CD Baby and also on about 30 different digital sites, including iTunes, Rhapsody, Napster, MusicNet, MusicMatch, and Audio Lunchbox. We will post a complete list in the near future.
On the fan front - digital distribution has opened us up to a whole new audience. A huge hello and thank you to our new international supporters, particularly those throughout the U.K. and Western Europe. your support and interest is inspiring and I'd love to hear from you
And some other stuff, just because - Had the pleasure of seeing a great show by Paul Westerberg and His Only friends the other week..... I'm anxiously awaiting the upcoming compilation from The Fat Lady Sings, as well as the upcoming live disc from the Waterboys and reissues from Big Country..... the blue Ibanez and the Seagull remain my two main guitars, although I added a Wechter with Florentine cutaway that plays like heaven... come back and visit soon. ~adh September 2004
Thanks to everyone that came to see us at the Riverwalk in Naperville on August 20, and special thanks to those who bought CDs! We had a great time playing that show.
Our next show is Saturday, September 25, at St. Theresa's Harvest Fest in Palatine.
We're also busy mixing the long-awaited second CD... check back often for updates and audio clips.
Good grief Charlie Brown! It's been a year since we updated this page!
In the last year, we've moved ever-so-slightly closer to completing our second CD. We promise to finish it before we break Boston's record for longest time between CDs. A couple of "sweetener" tracks are all that stand between us and the mixing room now. Look for a release date some time in early 2005.
Andy has joined the rest of us in Chicagoland, opening up many opportunities to play live shows... so we went ahead and scheduled some for August and September. Look for more shows in the coming months.
We've updated the site a bit, adding a page for Andy's solo album as well as some new press for both CDs.
Thanks to everyone at GE Commercial Finance (in whatever northwest Chicago suburb it was) for having us play at your party and for helping us out with the vocals.
Thanks also to Marty Peters of Recording magazine for the nice words in the latest issue about "The Present" from our first CD, "tokens, trash, or tarot cards." And thanks to the folks at Impact Press and Dirty Linen for mentioning "Ten Songs from the Side Room" in recent issues. See the reviews page for all the details.
The combination of Andy and Dave's guitars on the new CD is incredible.
Thanks to you folks in Germany and Spain that are playing our first CD, "tokens, trash, or tarot cards."
Tracking for the new Gecko CD continues. Sometimes it seems like we will never finish this project,
the basic tracks were done so long ago... We're still aiming to be done this year.
Thanks in advance for your patience - we promise the new CD will be worth the wait!
The new album is just gonna be so damn good. Andy's guitar parts are about 98% finished and things are really taking shape.
Dave's parts are going to open up a whole new world - the whole thing is almost too exciting sometimes...
still liking Uncle Mittens for the title. Perhaps "Uncle Mittens: the Official Bypass of the Sophomore Slump"?
God willing, look for the cd and some shows (yes, actual shows) in 2003.
Guitars guitars guitars... Dave is working out some new parts and Andy is deep into recording...
Tom just upgraded the studio to a pro tools set-up...
Andy got to meet one of his songwriting idols, Mr. Paul Westerberg, this August. Likely he won't recover from the
experience for quite some time! gecko life is good...
Thanks to our new fans in Buffalo, NY for checking out the Tokens release - let us know where to play, we'd love to be there.
Straight from out of nowhere - Andy finished a solo disc in May. Heavy on the acoustic guitar, very melodic, and a different
side to his writing: "Lyrically, Gecko songs are like conversations I have with myself. The solo disc is more akin to conversations with
other people." The disc is entitled "Ten Songs from the Side Room" and should be available through this website by Christmas.
Gecko recording will be back up and running in short order (as in next week or so).
Thanks to our new fans in Minneapolis for buying our Tokens release - you make it all worthwhile.
Not a lot of progress on the recording side due to some overwhelming professional constraints (bills still have to be paid afterall).
Rest assured, the new album is on all of our minds every day and we are eager to make it great.
Special thanks to our new fans in Brazil and Maine who recently bought "tokens, trash, or tarot cards." Hope you like it and stay tuned for disc#2!
Oh -- and check this out -- Andy won a brand new Gibson Les Paul and Gibson Goldtone Amplifier from Musician's Friend in February. The tonal palette has just expanded!
Tracking for the new album has begun!
The band holed up in not-so-spacious Arclight Studios (also known as Tom's basement) for a few days in late August.
Inspired by Andrew's ridiculous glitter-green high-tops, we emerged with some wonderful basic tracks,
including a longer-than-expected arrangement of "Evergreen."
Preproduction on a new Gecko Club CD, tentatively titled Uncle Mittens, has begun.
The new recording will feature the same lineup as "tokens, trash, or tarot cards," with the addition of David Geist on guitar.
Our favorite songs so far are "Pretty Victoria" and "Breaking the Well."
In addition, we plan to re-record "Kaleidoscope," which appeared on an obscure demo many years ago...
As you probably noticed, we haven't been playing (m)any shows... Drummer Extraordinaire Chris Kahl has been involved in a side project that has consumed most of his time lately. Andrew has been busy playing acoustic shows on the Indianapolis bookstore circuit, though.