Nestor AnDress may be a new face in country music but no one else possesses the spirit, passion or Texan fire the way he does. His modern baritone vocals give him the slight upper hand of authenticity. His talent hides behind a deeply charming smile and his personality shines in true Texas style. AnDress portrays a more classic country sound but still has a modern vibe that will damn near well take over country radio. If you haven’t heard his music, you are missing out.
Where are you answering these questions from and what are you wearing?
Here playing a little tennis to get my mind off the “big” project I’m working on. We all need a distraction from the enjoyment of the exhaustive work we put into our artistry. What better than the company of a Texas brother?
What is your official title and favorite thing about what you do?
I’m an artist whose artistry consist of writing with the intent of capturing moments and singing with hopes of bringing to life the emotion of those moments. My favorite thing about what I do is when someone is moved and inspired when experiencing my artistry.
Name three things you CANNOT live without?
Chivalry, my toiletry bag and something to journal my thoughts.
What’s the first concert you ever attended?
Forget about the first concert and let’s talk about my last concert I attended. I got the experience of a lifetime listening to Tony Bennett.
How long have you been playing music?
I’ve been intentionally making music since college (laughs)
What’s the hardest life lesson you’ve learned?
That Love is selfless.
Do you have a favorite restaurant or hangout spot in music city?
My favorite hangout spot in music city is at Winner’s Bar on Monday nights for “Whiskey Jam.” Its energy and environment is always inspirational.
Beer or whiskey?
I love my whiskey but it’s never a bad time for a cold beer.
Who is your favorite country singer from the 90s?
That’s so hard but when I was living in the 90’s I was just a pup and woke up to Tim McGraw’s “My Best Friend” every morning as my alarm to wake up for elementary school. So I’ll say it would be Tim McGraw.
If you could duet with any female artist, who would you pick and why?
Lee Ann Womack! The tone in her voice and the way it seeps into the core of you would make for one extraordinary duet. There’s a richness in her sound that would mix majestically with my smooth baritone voice. It would be like a turtle chocolate brownie (laughs)
Do you have a favorite place to perform?
There’s a festival I’ve performed the past 3 years called Sombrero Fest. The energy at this event has been unparalleled to any other.
What’s one gift you will never forget?
Santa (my momma) brought me the great gift that was my guitar. It would change my life forever. As learning to play it and discovering a passion and gift I didn’t know I possessed.
What current event has your eyes and ears and what are you doing about it?
Love Your Melon is an organization that has my attention and support. Their initial goal was to put a hat on every child battling cancer but with such growth, they now give 50% of their net sales to pediatric cancer and provide immediate support to children and their families. This will always have a spot in my heart for the reason that my older brother fought and defeated cancer as a child.
How do you think songwriters play a vital role in music today?
Songwriters play such an essential part in music today, yesterday, and forever. They’re the ones in the dark, capturing the essence of life. Whatever the spirit of the song may be.
What’s one super power you wish you had?
Powerful regenerative ability known as a healing factor.
You’re making your favorite sandwich, what’s on it?
My favorite sandwich is an EGG sandwich. Butter in the pan to cook a scrambled egg, put it in between 2 fresh slices of white bread and mmm mm. Just like my momma use to make them.
Name one artist of any genre you are a fan of and tell us why?
Gregory Alan Isakov is an artist that I find so mind stimulating. His poetic writing and indie/folk sound offers such a musical experience with golden thoughts.
What makes you laugh out loud?
Successful and harmless pranks.
Fill in the blank: It’s not a party until…
Nestor AnDress is blaring through the sound system.
Fill in the blank: Country music has made me…
dance, cry, drink, put words to moments I other was couldn’t have, made me feel like I wasn’t alone in the heartache or celebration. Country music has made me appreciate life.