Andrew McNeill

Studio/Touring Drummer

 

Andrew McNeill is a Memphis-born studio/touring drummer.

He is a product of the Stax Music Academy in Memphis, as well as Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

Playing since the age of 7, McNeill’s musical growth and eventual career began blossoming very early on. His older brother is also a musician who introduced him to the world of music as soon as he was old enough to walk. Andrew began studying music in the public schools he attended, and performed his first gigs during his middle school years. McNeill’s drumming was heavily influenced growing up playing in the church, as well as the rich musical culture and scene surrounding him in Memphis.

The biggest leap in his growth came as he joined the Stax Music Academy, as well as meeting and befriending the great Steve Jordan. Jordan gave Andrew many pieces of advice, encouragement, and drumming pointers early on.

As a student and alumnus of the Stax Music Academy, Andrew was able to share performances with Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, David Bryan(Bon Jovi), Beverley Knight, Victor Wooten, Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Rance Allen, William Bell, George Clinton, Sam Moore, and Kirk Whalum.

Following his time in high school and attending the Stax Academy, McNeill took his learning to Boston, MA where he attended Berklee College of Music on a full-tuition scholarship in 2013. During his time at Berklee, Andrew studied with distinguished drummers like Kenwood Dennard and Dave Weigert. He even got the opportunity to sit in with legendary bassist Victor Wooten for a second time. After spending a year and a half stint at Berklee, Andrew started receiving calls to go on tour and wanted to further pursue his career. He knew it was time to head back home to Memphis.

McNeill continues his professional career today back in Memphis, where he is based. He is the full-time drummer for the notable touring act, Ghost Town Blues Band, with whom he has opened for acts such as Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Buddy Guy.

He has toured all over the US, Canada, and will be making at least 2 European festival debuts later this year. Some of his performing highlights include the Beale Street Music Festival(US), Moon River Festival(US), Big Blues Bender(US), Kitchener Blues Festival(CA),  Donnacona Blues Festival(CA), Trois-Rivieres Blues Festival(CA), along with the upcoming Grolsch Blues Festival in Germany, just to name a few…

His list of performing/recording credits include artists like Bruce Sudano, Daryl Hance(JJ Grey & Mofro), Deborah Manning, John Nemeth, Chris Milam, Ghost Town Blues Band, Tony Holiday, Low Society, Faith Evans Ruch, Drew Erwin, McKenna Bray, Reed Turchi and The Caterwauls, Will Tucker, Logan Magness, Art Edmaiston, Logan Hanna, The Last, the Blue Silk Band, Finding Philadelphia, Skylar Gregg, Cait Brennan, Fernando Perdomo, Eleanor Tallie, Wind vs. Sun, Other Stories, Sarah Messias, The McNeill Brothers, and his own APJ Trio. 

McNeill also worked for three years as an assistant engineer/musician at the iconic Ardent Studios, having worked with artists such as Wilco, Switchfoot, Those Pretty Wrongs, Jerry Lawler, and Todd Agnew. 

Andrew is endorsed by Bosphorus Cymbals out of Istanbul, Turkey.