Leftover Salmon’s Andy Thorn Releases “Songs of the Sunrise Fox”
Leftover Salmon’s Andy Thorn Releases Songs of the Sunrise Fox
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Back in the height of the pandemic, Festy GoNuts interviewed Andy Thorn and his wife, Cecilia, as part of our Festy From The Futon series.
At a time when we were all stuck alone in our homes, we looked for other ways to continue to connect with those in the music world.
For Andy and Cecilia, their human connections were as limited as everyone. However, the time the Thorns spent at home in the Spring of 2020 led to an entirely different connection.
As Andy spent more time in his Boulder, CO foothills home picking his banjo in the backyard, he began to enjoy visits from one of his local “neighbors” – a happy little red fox, nicknamed “Foxy.”
Andy and Cecilia wrote a song in tribute to their new friend and performed “Got The Fox As Company” during our interview. None of us knew just how fruitful this new friendship would prove to be for Andy!
The more Andy played, the more Foxy came to enjoy the entertainment. Cecilia began to capture these encounters on video, and they quickly began to go viral on Andy’s YouTube page.
Thus, the legend of “Foxy” and Andy was born.
Andy Thorn, already a star in some circles as the banjo player for Leftover Salmon, began to be known to a much wider audience. My mom even started following his page.
Kelly Clarkson interviewed him. Every local news outlet featured the story of ‘the banjo player and the fox.’ Andy and Foxy simply blew up.
And the song Andy was playing in the original viral “Foxy” video began to grab as much attention as the wildlife encounter.
Based on the enthusiasm surrounding it, Andy eventually recorded the improvised tune, titling it “Aesop Mountain.” Thorn then followed up with 14 other original banjo instrumentals, and Songs of the Sunrise Fox was born.
With the help of some of Andy’s friends – Erik Deutsch, Greg Garrison, Tyler Grant – Songs of the Sunrise Fox is a beautiful instrumental that captures the moments where music, art, and nature come together.
Known for picking in his backyard at sunrise, Thorn treats his Instagram followers to beautiful vistas of Colorado set to soothing banjo licks (yes, we know some may think “soothing banjo” to be an oxymoron, but trust us!). Songs of the Sunrise Fox embodies these moments and relays the feeling of a Colorado sunrise, with Foxy proudly looking on in enjoyment.
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