Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

Meet Andrew McManus, mechanical engineer by day, who likes to rock out at night. Andrew has been singing and playing for most of his life, from elementary school band to high school alt rocker. McManus found his country groove in college, while seeking creative channels and his outlet became writing. He was drawn to the stories in country music.

Although still fairly new to the original music game, Andrew is defintiley finding his lane to drive his passions. He has written a clever and catching single, “Song That Got the Girl.” It’s has a personal meaning to him, and you can sense that in his performance. There’s a welcome blend of softer moments mixed with rocking guitar riffs to help deliver Andrew’s story. A solid start to the singing/songwriting artistry of this New Englander.

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    Andrew’s latest release is called, “Song That Got The Girl”.  What’s it about? Here’s what the songwriter said, “I wrote this song inspired by how I met my now wife, she saw me playing live and it started a connection that led us to where we are now. I also intended it in general to honor the power of live music in a time where it was forced to fade for a while”

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  • Andrew Answers

    * From: Rowley, MA

    * Now lives in: Dracut, MA

    * Current single, and or EP or Album: “Song That Got The Girl” (Released 9/23)

    * What is your song about/how did it come to be: I wrote this song inspired by how I met my now wife, she saw me playing live and it started a connection that led us to where we are now. I also intended it in general to honor the power of live music in a time where it was forced to fade for a while. 

    * What lead you to music: I’ve been singing in chorus’s and playing in elementary school bands ever since I was able to. But I dropped it all in High School as I was so busy playing sports. It wasn’t until college that I picked up acoustic Guitar and went through a breakup that inspired me to write my first song and that’s where I found a love for songwriting and the storytelling behind country music. Until then I was heavier into Alternative / Rock and wasn’t a fan of country.

    * How old when you started: I started to really work on my craft as a singer / songwriter around the age of 20 when I bought my first acoustic.

    * First country song you learned: I started to dip into a country songs shortly after learning guitar, one of the first was David Nail “Red Light” (Not wagon wheel believe it or not) 

    * Instruments played: Acoustic & Vocals, (Drums & Saxophone When I was young)

    * How would you describe your sound: I lean towards the pop-rock / modern country. My band all originated from rock, this was the first country project for most of them and we thrive on the heavier rock sound. 

    * Who inspires you: My cliché answer… Family. My parents have backed me every step, every career, every football game, every show. My wife now even as we start a family is always the voice telling me to keep chasing the music and finding ways to make it work. And now my son is there cheering me on clapping in the audience and nothing is more motivating than that. Externally, watching all of these crazy talented local artist driving for the same dream and doing such big things with so much passion behind it is also inspiring.

    * If you are a band, how did you get your name: I proposed a lot of neutral band names but at the end of the day I was convinced by them that we should stick with my name.

    * Awards/accolades (if applicable): None to date. I released my first originals last year and want to really make a push in 2022 / 2023 to get our name out there in the Boston Music Scene!

    * Dream duet partner: Shay Mooney would of course be a dream male duet just to get that vocal range… For a female, I’ve always been a fan of Cassadee Pope as she has those pop / punk / rock roots that I grew up on.

    * All- time favorite country song: (or songs if you can’t name just one): I judge this on a song that can still give me chills no matter how many times its played… “Boys Of Fall” by Kenny comes to mind because of my history with football and hearing it live each fall at Gillette. Keith Urban “You’ll Think Of Me” was a close second as I got into country music.

    * First country concert: Jason Aldean in Hartford CT 2014

    * What songs do you like now on Country 1025: I am really enjoying the new spins on old songs or artists, like Damn Strait, She Had me At Heads etc… But I am a sucker for lyrics that really hit me over and over, and Hardy “Give Heaven some Hell” still does that for me a couple years later.

    * If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing: What I’m Still doing now, I am a Mechanical Engineer, working in sales and actually really enjoy it! 

    * Day Job: I sell Commercial HVAC Equipment for Boston as a Sales Engineer. 

    * Most proud moment: Finally releasing my first original song last year and watching the concept come to life and learning the process over 7 years after putting pen to paper.

    * Crazy thing that happened in your music career: My 4 band members are all the original from when we formed in 2016 (Crazy enough), but they also were all recruited from a Craigslist add I posted on a whim as I moved back home after college and we hit it off!

    * Other things you like to do: I enjoy strength training every morning, and outside of being a father and husband, I am an engineer by trade so I am always finding projects around the house. 

    * Fun facts: 

    1) I listen to more podcasts than I do music … lots more… even working out

    2) I had an absurd amount of pets as a child (20+ at one point)… if it was at a pet store, I had one. The only thing I couldn’t convince my parents of was a tarantula. 

    3) My confidence as a public speaker can be attributed to having to give a pep rally speech to my high school on 30 seconds notice when we were 0-11 and no one would talk. Since then, facing a crowd has been easy.

    Mantra: Always surround yourself with people you look up to, have more experience than you, or have the talent / skill you aspire to have.

     

  • Gigs

    • 10/16- Acoustic @ Off The Rails – Worcester, MA
    • 10/20- Acoustic @ Horseshoe Grille – Reading, MA
    • 11/5 -Acoustic @ Nash Bar – Boston, MA
    • 11/16- Band @ Erik’s Church – Windham, ME

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  • Are YOU A Catch?

    Every week, Kruser’s Local Catch highlights New England’s homegrown country music talent, and tells you where to catch them locally and in Nashville. Click here to view previous catches.

    *Singer/songwriters with original music: Please submit for consideration on The Local Catch by emailing Kruser at carolyn.kruse@bbgi.com

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