Andrew Alli is a Richmond, Va native.He took up music relatively later in life at the age of 20. After being inspired by a busker playing harmonica on the street one day, he hit the local music store and a harmonica of his own. From that point on, Andrew committed himself to learning the history of the instrument. He very soon fell in love with the blues and began studying all of the harmonica greats including Big Walter Horton, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Junior wells, and more. He has developed his own unique style of playing, while still paying his respects to his biggest influences from the past. Throughout the years he has toured with dozens of musicians both domestically and abroad. Currently he leads the band "Andrew Alli and the Mainline" with Ivan Appelrouth on guitar, Chaz Hibbler on drums, and Ken Kellner on bass.  Andrew plays in a duo with local musician Josh Small and Georgia based musician Jontavious Willis.

 

An interview with Norman Darwen from "Blues of the South" Magazine