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Andy started playing in bands in 1976, doing covers of Rolling Stones, New York Dolls, Velvet Underground, Doors, Stooges  and other preachers of the dark side of life.

After a while he wasnt getting enough creative satisfaction from this, so he created a band as a vehicle for his own material. This coincided with the advent of punk in the UK, and he followed this path. Andy released, as Accident On The East Lancs, two singles We Want It Legalised/Tell Me What Ya Mean, and Back End Of Nowhere/Rat Race on his own label, Roach Records, and an album Shotguns and Hotshots on Cargo Records, all recorded at the famous Cargo Studios in Rochdale.

Fast forward to 1982, and it seemed like he missed the boat, although the singles are now fetching stupid money on the collectors market, and have been re released, as has the album, numerous times on different labels. In an article in Record Collectors magazine for the 100 most collectable punk singles, We Want It Legalised came in at at number 43, and suggested that Tell Me What Ya Mean should be covered by The Strokes.

In 1984 Andy got a one single deal on Vibes and Vibes records in London and released I Believe In Love, a funky Prince/Bo Diddly type ditty.

In 1986 Andy discovered Alt. Country/Americana, through Steve Earle, Dwight Yoakam and Lyle Lovett. He realised that he had been writing Americana type music from the get go, even during the punk period, and this was where his heart and soul was musically.

Andy writes about friends on the wrong side of the law, living and dying on drugs, child abuse, not being able to make ends meet,  alcoholics, drug addicts, no hope desperados fighting life and all that brings, and if he does write of love, it has usually gone wrong, although not always. A lot of Andy's songs draw on his life experience, and people who have passed through it.

In this vein, Andy has released two albums on Lanta Records, the first one being Walking In Familiar Footsteps, which features ex Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, Manfreds frontman and harp player extraordinare Paul Jones and Jeff and Tommy Vee, sons of the late Bobby Vee. It was co written and produced by Hilly Briggs, with two co writes with Mick Taylor and one with Paul Jones.

The second, Dirt, featuring The Smokin' Jackets, and including Paul Green,  Captain Bliss on harp, Huskie Jack on slide and acoustic finger picking, The Kid Casswell on suitcase drums and percussion and The Excellent John T on Bass.

Andy is is in the pre production stage of recordeing 36 new songs for a triple vinyl album, due out in 2023

Andy's influences, besides a somewhat chaotic lifestyle and the people involved in it down the line, are The Rolling Stones, Steve Earle, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Townes Van Zant, Warren Zevon, Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, Son House, Johnny Cash, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and Johnny Thunders to name but a few.

Andy has written over 400 songs, most of which have never seen the light of day.

Walking In Familiar Footsteps and Dirt are both available in CD format, and download on this site.

Shotguns And Hotshots  on purple vinyl with bonus live album is currently available from OzitMorpheus Records.

Walking In Familiar Footsteps

Andy Sharrocks

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UK Americana at its best, featuring ex Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, Manfreds frontman and harp player Paul Jones, and the great rhythm section that is Jeff and Tommy Vee, sons of the late Bobby Vee. From the slow blues of Velvet Underground song, to the cajun vibe of Would You Believe me, via the tender ballad of Miss You Like Crazy, and

UK Americana at its best, featuring ex Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, Manfreds frontman and harp player Paul Jones, and the great rhythm section that is Jeff and Tommy Vee, sons of the late Bobby Vee. From the slow blues of Velvet Underground song, to the cajun vibe of Would You Believe me, via the tender ballad of Miss You Like Crazy, and the Muscle Shoals type soul of Feel Like The First Time, this album is a must for fans of Americana.

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Dirt

Andy Sharrocks & The Smokin Jackets

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Ten more slices of authentic UK Americana. This album features The Smokin' Jackets, with Paul Green on guitars and backing vocals, Captain Bliss on harp and backing vocals, Huskie Jack on slide and backing vocals, Kid Casswell on drums, and The Excellent John T on bass, with guests Kofi Kari on percussion, Phil Dobbin on guitar and bass and Matt

Ten more slices of authentic UK Americana. This album features The Smokin' Jackets, with Paul Green on guitars and backing vocals, Captain Bliss on harp and backing vocals, Huskie Jack on slide and backing vocals, Kid Casswell on drums, and The Excellent John T on bass, with guests Kofi Kari on percussion, Phil Dobbin on guitar and bass and Matt Ord on guitar. This album has some great playing, some great vocals and some great words, and is liked by country and blues fans alike. Don't lie on your deathbed wishing you had bought a copy, buy one now and die a happy person

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Shotguns And Hotshots

Accident On The East Lancs

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Raw and powerful punk, originally available on cassette, released on Cargo Records only but has been re released twice on vinyl. The latest on OzitMorpheus Records comes with a live bonus live album

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Rainy City Punk Vol 2

Accident On The East Lancs

In a special arrangement with Ozit/Morpheus Records I am able to offer this double album on 180 gm purple vinyl for the exclusive price of 20 plus 4.00 P & P in the UK. The package includes the original Shotguns And Hotshots, plus a bonus live album containing tracks not on Shotguns And Hotshots It also includes a full size full colour booklet

In a special arrangement with Ozit/Morpheus Records I am able to offer this double album on 180 gm purple vinyl for the exclusive price of £20 plus £4.00 P & P in the UK. The package includes the original Shotguns And Hotshots, plus a bonus live album containing tracks not on Shotguns And Hotshots It also includes a full size full colour booklet featuring loads of photos of the three line ups of the band and a real history of the band written by myself

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