Nine Questions

A former horseshoer who worked on ranches most of his life, Andy Hersey is currently an Arizona-based singer-songwriter whose songs tell literate tales of the cowboy life. Prior to heading out on the road for an extended tour, he'll be performing on Friday, Sept. 8, at O'Malley's.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

Willie Nelson and Family in the mid-'70s, in Tucson. Waylon Jennings joined him on stage. I got a contact high at the venue.

What CDs are in your changer right now?

A studio demo, a song a friend and I recorded, Guy Clark's Keepers, Little Feat's Dixie Chicken, Rodney Crowell's The Houston Kid and an early Delbert McClinton disc.

How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?

I'm guessing now, but about 1,500-2,000. I've met a lot of indie artists on the road and usually have their discs in hand when I get home. I didn't buy all of those discs.

Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?


What was the first album you owned?

It was either Kris Kristofferson's Jesus Was a Capricorn or John Prine's Bruised Orange. Might have been Townes Van Zandt's Live at the Old Quarter--not sure. Cool stuff, still have the vinyl.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?

I'm not sure about any particular song. However, I'd like to have a live Dixieland band play at an outdoor service while an aerobatic plane scatters my ashes over the San Rafael Valley in Southern Arizona.

Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?

Franz Ferdinand, Creed, Train, a lot of cool tunes my kids are listening to right now. Aside from that, any kind of piano jazz, (like) Thelonious Monk. Fact is, I don't really like Western music or much of what I hear on country FM stations. How do you like my hat?

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

Kris Kristofferson. He's the reason I wanted to be a singer/songwriter and how I knew what it meant to live the art. His lyrics helped me find some understanding and something to identify with when I was a teenager--you know, those strange years.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Waylon Jennings' Greatest Hits.