Journeyman guitarist Andrew Sovine is taking a break from his busy schedule as a producer, session musician, and touring guitarist for Americana artist Ian Noe to play a loose and low pressure show at El-Rocko Lounge.
Sovine assembled a solid team of musicians including Mark Chesanow (bass), as well as Velvet Caravan’s Jared Hall (piano) and Vuc Pavlovic (drums) for what he calls Andrew Sovine’s Rhythm Method. So, what is Rhythm Method?
“Well, we’re going to find out,” said Sovine. “It’s the first time I’ve played with all of these guys together.”
Downplaying what will surely be a terrific show, Sovine described calling up his friends to see if they wanted to play an impromptu gig. “I don’t know if we’ll make any money, but I do know we probably won’t rehearse. So if everybody is cool with that—going into it without knowing what the script is going to look like, I think we’ll be fine,” Sovine said to his band. “We’ll play a few songs and see what happens.”
“One of the things I’m excited about playing with these guys is that they’re all great musicians on their own,” Sovine said. “They’re all bringing their own dialect, musically speaking. We’re going to be able to work off of each other, so if there is something happening here on keyboard, or an interesting rhythm that Vuc made, then we may speak to that, copy it, and kind of go around in a circle until we make that into something really interesting.”
Sovine grew up in Nashville amidst a family full of musicians and music business people so he was able to play with bar bands from a young age. He received his first guitar (an acoustic from Service Merchandise) when he was four years old and hasn’t stopped strumming since. Sovine grew up going to vintage guitar shows as a kid and prefers affordable, unusual gear. A list on his website of his guitars only scratches the surface of his growing guitar collection.
Sovine’s thick, impressive resumé includes playing with the Grammy Award nominated Fox Brothers on tour in 2005. He later earned his own Grammy Award nomination playing with Ashley McBryde. “I’ve done well, but the thing is, I think for a lot of musicians, when you get into that thing where you’re doing the sideman gig...regardless of fronting a band every once in a while or producing music, I like to stand off to stage right, behind the curtain if I need to. I like being a little more behind the scenes, backing up somebody else. But one of the things I realized...is when someone has a record out you want to play just like the record and that’s important to do, especially if you’re playing with someone who has hits on the radio, or a legacy act...I can do that, but I’ve always gravitated towards artists who allow me to have a little bit of my voice on it. That’s why I like recording so much.”
Sovine cites guitarist’s like Reeves Gabrel (David Bowie, The Cure), Marc Ribot (Tom Waits),Bill Frisell, and William Tyler as influences on his own wild guitar style. “Those guys are beautiful to listen to, but also subversive,” explained Sovine.
“I like to play off the beaten path, that’s my comfort zone,” Sovine added. “I can shoot down the middle, but I prefer being off to the side, which comes back around to what we’re going to play at El-Rocko…There’s some Little Feat, some Howling Wolf on there, but I don’t know what it’s going to sound like yet because we’ll probably just feel it and make it up as we go.”