The Andy Rau Band performs Americana music, an eclectic blend of folk, rock and bluegrass. The band was formed in 1986 with the intent of showcasing new material, illustrating the versatility of the 5-string banjo and breaking with the conventions of folk and bluegrass. The group borrows from a wide variety of musical styles which enables each song to shape its own identity without borrowing from old tried-and-true formulas.

Andy Rau was born and raised in Southern California and has been performing professionally since 1975. He began his career as the in-house banjo player at Knott’s Berry Farm amusement park in his home town of Buena Park. During that ten-year period he performed in a host of musical situations including bluegrass bands, country rock bands, and variety stage productions.

The Andy Rau Band has now re-emerged from the studio on Anchovy Artists Records with the release of eighteen original Americana / folk - rock compositions on the CD Simple Man.  This recording, along with their live performances, continue to introduce inventive new material to the world of Americana music. 

This path on which the band finds itself has inevitably resulted in a wide audience appeal wherever they perform, which persists to this day.

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