"It all started after a head injury, in the fall of 2009, on the keyboard, putting his poetry to melody by ear. Then, in April 2010, Andrew Neil first picked up a guitar and wrote his first guitar song the day after, called, perhaps presciently, "Fire is Born”. Since late 2009, Andrew has written over 300 songs, 70 of which were written and recorded while a patient in the confines of Western State Hospital in Staunton, Virginia. His sound is crisp and immediate, guitar in hand, eyes closed, as he enters the deep well from which his songs came forth. He uses no songwriting formula, nor does he have in depth knowledge of music theory… the music just happens. A highly prolific artist, Andrew lives in the moment of creation with performance being an extension of the creative process. This makes his music an actual living, breathing thing, something that can't be honed by sequencers and click tracks. Andrew's songs seem as though they are moving, not just emotionally but also physically. His music conjures up deep thoughts within the listener's mind. His melodies and unique riffs match his lyrics and tend to linger. Many of his songs are not easy music. Tough topics, ugly situations, and deep-rooted meaning and mysteries told with an almost child-like wonder at times. One can hear subtle influences of Kurt Cobain, Elliot Smith, Nick Drake Donovan, and Anthony Kiedis, yet Andrew Neil's sound and songwriting remains as uniquely expressive, authentic and original.