Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Andy Peake
Andy Peake has been surrounded by music since his formative days. His mother held a bachelor’s degree in music and sang and played professionally as a church support person. His influences included jazz, Broadway, classical and the pop music of the 1950s forward. He attended college as a music major and turned professional in 1972. After years of local performances, primarily in the Denver area, he moved to Nashville, TN where he began a fast track to regional and national success as an artist support person, playing drums and percussion for multiple touring and recording artists including Don Williams, Tanya Tucker, Delbert McClinton, Lee Roy Parnell, the Sweethearts of the Rodeo and highly successful songwriter, Gary Burr. He remains active, touring, recording and performing.
In 1987, Andy was contacted by musician friends to come to Nashville from Colorado and join the band as drummer for pop artist Nicolette Larson. The offer was accepted and the process of becoming established as an “in-demand” drummer/percussionist in the active music scene of Music City began. This lead to international touring, recording, TV support appearances. product endorsements and audio engineering.
In 1996, Andy took the plunge to learn audio engineering and coupled that immediately with music production. His 1st project received critical acclaim and netted 3 songs re-recorded by other artists for their own projects. In 2018, his production of an album, “Step On It,” for the band, “Big Shoes,” which Andy created, produced and managed beginning 2011, was awarded a nomination for “Blues Album of the Year” by music industry mainstay, Downbeat magazine. He continues his successful career as a drummer, producer, engineer and project coordinator based in Nashville, TN.