This week we are crushing on Andrew Phelan.
Andrew originally hails from Australia, where he performed and recorded as a drummer for various artists (notably performing with Sydney musician Steve Smyth on multiple tours in 2010-2011). His next stop was Los Angeles where he arrived with a backpack and not much else. From there, Andrew began traveling through North America. He made his way through Austin, Chicago, and Portland, before settling down permanently in Vancouver to form the folk rock band The River and The Road. Since 2012, the band has toured Canada 6 times over, were nominated for 2015 best breakthrough album of the year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, played multiple high-profile festivals (Squamish Valley Music Festival, Toronto Urban Roots Festival) and opened for acts such as Shakey Graves and Sam Roberts.
What’s the strangest thing you have ever done to get a love interest’s attention?
Cut a watermelon the worst way possible. You’ll just have to listen to the song to know how that turned out.
What’s the strangest thing someone has done to get your attention?
When I was working in a bar in Sydney (Australia), an older woman walked up to me and pulled me aside, gave me a box of half-eaten Lamington’s (coconut, sponge, chocolate things), and a napkin with a kiss mark on it that said “you are the most beautiful bush ranger I have ever seen”. Definitely in the top 5.
What is the best piece of romance advice you have ever received?
I grew up on land outside of the city, and my Dad has some old world charm to him. He always told me that manners are free, and being a gentleman doesn’t hurt anyone. It hasn’t steered me wrong so far.
How do you keep the romance alive in your relationship?
Making time for your partner, and appreciating that time, even when you’re on the road. Knowing that someone is thinking of me as much as I’m thinking of them makes touring easier.
What’s your instant deal breaker?
Someone who says “yeah, I don’t really listen to music. I guess whatever’s on the radio?”. To those lovely people, all the best, but we’re not meant to be x