‘Whitey Winchester’ to release second album

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

‘Whitey Winchester’ to release second albumAn album release party and benefit concert will converge Saturday, Dec. 16, when “Whitey Winchester y sus compañeros” [and friends] perform at 7 p.m. at the Historic USO Building.

Winchester is the alter ego of Andy Stanford, a longtime resident of the Indian Wells Valley and familiar face on the local music scene.

Stanford taught himself to play piano and ukulele at an early age, then picked up electric guitar to form one third of the punk trio DAD in the 1980s. His instrumental repertoire has continue to expand over the years to include accordion and hurdy-gurdy (not to mention voice), and he has become a fixture at the popular Open Mic Nights on the Historic USO stage.

In 2015 he recorded an album at Chuck Bolt’s studio in Inyokern. This year he unveils “Postcards From America.”

Although Stanford acknowledges that both albums draw from eclectic styles “and feature some edgy humor and social commentary,” his latest release “is a journey across North America, mostly in the South and Southwestern US., with a foray into Mexico.”

Every song is an original composition, with about half composed by Stanford alone and the rest with collaborators. Sharing the stage with him at the launch party will be other celebrated local musical acts, including Miss Yum Yum, Rayband, the Whatevers, Dave Ogden, Ocêane Guillory, Mateo Zubia, the Antique Zephyrs and David Hodgson.

“Ridgecrest definitely has an above-average number of talented musicians for a city its size,” said Stanford.

Individuals, bands and the numerous theater troupes in town provide “year-round entertainment opportunities for IWV residents, and I have certainly benefitted personally from this environment.”

The concert will benefit the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert, the nonprofit organization that operates the Historic USO Building, which serves as the heart of countless community endeavors.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are at Red Rock Books, and the suggested donation is $10 per person. CDS will be available for purchase at the event. For more information contact Stanford at 863-214-6706 or stanford. andy@gmail.com.

Pictured: Andy “Whitey Winchester”?Stanford

Story First Published: 2017-12-08