Andrew Leahey & The Homestead

Hailed by Rolling Stone for their "celebratory mix of sharp storytelling and fist-pumping rock & roll swagger," Andrew Leahey & The Homestead are modern-day torchbearers of a genre championed by icons like Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen. It's an anthemic sound, grounded in electric guitars and uplifted by vocal harmonies, pop hooks, and a palpable appreciation for the band's heartland heroes. Thanks to radio singles "Start the Dance" (from 2019's breakthrough album Airwaves) and "Guilty Man" (which remained on the Americana charts for much of 2021), it's also a sound that's taken Leahey around the world, from sold-out shows in Norway and Mexico to an ongoing string of cross-country American tours.

The band breaks new ground with American Static, an ambitious double album grounded in riff-driven rock, classic power-pop, '80s revivalism, and modern-day Americana. Meanwhile, in addition to his work as an acclaimed frontman, the Nashville-based Leahey remains a sought-after lead guitarist who regularly tours with outlaw country icon Elizabeth Cook and has backed everyone from Butch Walker to Carlene Carter, all while maintaining an award-winning career as a music journalist.