Andrew Delaney is a classic storyteller who depicts the American landscape – from the grittiness of the Old West to the uncertainties of contemporary relationships – in a warts-and-all cinematic style. His ability to “craft creaky, wooden yarns that stir your insides” and to deliver them with “conviction” and “authenticity” (Alan Ayo - Dallas Observer) has earned him growing acclaim; Rich Warren of WFMT radio, Chicago, called him “The Alfred Hitchcock of singer/songwriters.”
Delaney’s relatively short but prolific career has thus far seen the release of 5 full-length albums. His latest, Stricken, Smitten, & Afflicted, puts Steve Christensen (Steve Earle’s Townes and Corb Lund’s Cabin Fever) in the producer’s chair and features the work of musicians Scott Davis (Hayes Carll, Band of Heathens, Turnpike Troubadours), Falcon Valdez (The Mastersons), and Will Van Horn (Robert Ellis).
On Stricken, Smitten, & Afflicted, Delaney doesn’t shy away from difficult subjects and avoids black and white morality, opting instead to tell relatable and all-too-human stories. The characters he presents are as complex as one might find in a well-made film. The songs are thoughtful without navel-gazing and the melodies are punchy and singable.
Stricken, Smitten, & Afflicted centers on love and loss. It makes no attempt to reinvent the wheel. What it does is present the familiar in a compelling way without ever feeling stale or false. It pulls no punches and never flinches – and we can’t look away.
His live band – Andrew Delaney & The Horse You Rode In On – consistently engages audiences with fun and high-energy performances that showcase the wit – and the weight – behind Delaney's lyrics. “The Horse” features Trevor Pulver on lead guitar, lap steel, banjo, and mandolin; Justin Whitehead on bass; and Jeromy Bailey on drums.