Review from Isthmus [Madison, WI]

“Straddling the boundary between punk rock and mountain music, Bemis is known for taking traditional songs most people have never heard and adapting them in ways that are both inventive and memorable.”  — The Isthmus [Madison, WI]

Review from Knox Student [Galesburg, IL]

If you cross a vagabond with a bottle of whiskey and a few banjo strings, the outcome is likely to be folk singer Andru Bemis. Playing a half an hour late on Wednesday, Bemis graced Post Lobby with his presence at 7:30 p.m., a venue with which he is much familiar. Having played at Knox…

“Andru Bemis: Modern Mountain Man”

By Carly Stingl, from Emmie Magazine, Vol X Issue 2, Winter 2008 “When I was 14 all my friends made fun of me, ’cause I wore kickers [sic] instead of jeans just like Huck Finn.” Andru Bemis’ twangy folk voice croons these words on his 2002 album, Plays Past His Bedtime, from the song “Huck Finn,”…

Review from Emily Hurd

… Food Review: Andru Bemis is a whole tea party. A hundred different cups of tea, all made the same way, but with different strengths and weaknesses and grit and bitterness and sweetness. It’s hard to make this sound reasonable, but Andru, oddly enough, is an individual that seems to feel a sense of community…

“Rail To Reel” review from Folk It Up

“… It may be the sincerity of his voice or the way he strings his words together in such fine fashion, either way, [Rail to Reel] was one of the finest traditional folk albums in years to make it’s way to my ears.”  — Folk It Up [Chicago, IL]

Review from ThisIsHappening [Lafayette, IN]

“Michigan’s premier neo folk artist … is a modern day train hopping, banjo slinging troubadour who has made a name for himself in small venues across the US. His charismatic live show garners (accurate) comparisons to Arlo and Woody.” — ThisIsHappening [Lafayette, IN]

Quote from Jason Webley

“… [Andru] possesses one of the most unique and beautiful voices you will ever hear” — Jason Webley

Review from Birmingham Weekly [Birmingham, AL]

“… modern-folk, Midwestern miracle of music … [his voice is] pretty and ravaged, sounding as though 50 Appalachian winters have run him ragged …” — Birmingham Weekly [Birmingham, AL]

“Rail To Reel” album description from Wepecket Island Records

“Tradition-based contemporary folk, in this emerging force’s second CD, evoking Jimmie Rogers, Woodie Guthrie and the growth of American culture as it spread across the Plains and Prairies and wound its way back to the cities.” — Wepecket Island Records

Rail To Reel album notes from Wepecket Island Records

“Andru Bemis is a traditionalist with a fresh approach and a modern troubadour with deep respect for the roots of his craft. He is a gifted vocalist and instrumentalist. His music speaks to our present condition in language of a gentler past. This CD is a magic mixture of traditional songs that sound brand new…