September 14, 2016

Beyond the Playlist with JHammondC: Andrew Hyra of Smokin’ Novas

Beyond the Playlist
Andrew Hyra

I talk to singer, song writer, guitar player Andrew Hyra. We talk about his start in music. Spend time on each of his projects: Billy Pilgrim, Smokin’ Novas and his solo work. We talk about the process and so much more.

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Theme music by Magnus Sellergren featuring The Jimmy C and the New York Brass
Cover art by Phil Rood

Direct download: BtP-_Andrew_Hyra.mp3
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September 14, 2016

2016 Wire & Wood Songwriters Festival Lineup

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November 17, 2015



The 7th annual 30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL– set for January 15, 16 and 17, 2016 – has announced the initial line-up for the 2016 celebration of singers and songs. The festival, held in venues along scenic Highway 30A in Florida’s South Walton County, will feature headline performances from esteemed artists Jackson Browne, Grace Potter, Shovels & Rope and Wine, Women & Song featuring Matraca Berg, Suzy Bogguss & Gretchen Peters.



Also confirmed are Smokin’ Novas, Ani DiFranco, Emerson Hart (Tonic), Kristian Bush (Sugarland), Shawn Mullins, Jay Farrar (from Son Volt), Peter Holsapple (the dB’s), Drew Holcomb, Jeffrey Steele, Parker Millsap, Dan Bern, Steve Poltz, Hayes Carll, Charlie Mars, Grant-Lee Phillips, Bob Schneider, David Ryan  Harris (John Mayer band),  David Hodges (Evanescence), Bobby Bare, Jr., Chris Stills, Jim Lauderdale, Callaghan, Kris Delmhorst, Kristy Lee, BettySoo, Randall Bramblett, Griffin House, Jennifer Knapp, Toby Lightman, Liz Longley and Heather Maloney.

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September 29, 2015

Wire and Wood Songwriters Festival Lineup for 2015

Mark your calendar! The Wire & Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival takes place on Oct 15-17. Artists include Smokin’ Novas, Edwin McCain, Tinsley Ellis, Todd Snider, Randall Bramblett, Parker Millsap, Jim Lauderdale, Angaleena Presley, Chris Stills, Tommy Talton, Elizabeth Cook and Kim Richey among many others.
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Tickets available now (kids 12 & under free):…/wire–wood-alpharetta-songwriter…
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June 10, 2015

EuroAmericana Names Smokin’ Novas Top 10 Album of 2014

June 10, 2015

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EuroAmericana recently announced their top album picks for 2014 and Smokin’ Novas debut album came in at number 7 according to Hansjoerg Malonek.

Their complete list for 2014

1. Rosanne Cash, The River & The Thread

2. Old Crow Medicine Show, Remedy

3. Micky & The Motorcars, Hearts From Above

4. Rodney Crowell, Tarpaper Sky

5. Hot Rize, When I’m Free

6. V. Artist, Looking into you – Tribute to Jackson Browne, Music Road Records

7. Smokin’ Novas, Smokin’ Novas

8. Jason Eady, Daylight & Dark

9. John Mellencamp, Plain Spoken

10. Willie Nelson, Band of Brothers



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October 27, 2014

Alpharetta-Roswell Revue & News

Wire & Wood: Alpharetta makes beautiful music at songfest

Concert goers come from all over

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The Wire & Wood Songwriters Festival filled downtown Alpharetta with music, people and good times.  Local and nationally touring songwriters combined with a glorious Georgia October afternoon and evening to create a magical event that drew visitors from near and far.  John Barranca lives just steps away from the main stage on Milton Avenue. As he sat at a table with friends, he said the day had been a success.

“It’s awesome. The music is great, and the venue doesn’t get any better than this,” Barranca said.  His buddy, John Revell of Roswell, agreed.  “The festival is just great. Sit back, listen to good music, eat some food and drink beer,” Revell said.  Nicole and Duane Schuler from Canton said they were going to the airport to catch a 10 p.m. flight, but they had to stop for the festival.  “We were driving by, and just had to stop,” Nicole Schuler said. “My husband said, ‘We’re going to hang around here tonight.’ So that’s what we’re doing.”

But if you really want to give a prize for “Traveled the Farthest,” it would have to go to Tracy McClain who came all the way from Seattle just to hear Michael Tolcher perform.  “Michael has a national following, and he’s releasing an album soon,” McClain said. “He’s really cool. I just love to listen – and watch him sing.”  All in all, it was a laid-back atmosphere. Mini-concerts nearby at SmokeJack, Hop Alley Brew Pub and South Main Kitchen contributed to the ambience.  People relaxed around tables or sat back in groups in the chairs they brought from home and just went with the flow as the sky darkened and the music played on.

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October 24, 2014

Smokin’ Novas added to the 30A Songwriters Festival Lineup Jan 16-18, 2015

The 30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL has announced the initial line-up for the 2015 celebration of singers and songs. The 6th annual festival will feature performances by esteemed artists Graham Nash, Indigo Girls, Leon Russell, Jason Isbell, Shawn Mullins, Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket). Also confirmed are Smokin’ Novas, Jeffrey Steele, Chely Wright, Bobby Bare Jr., Steve Poltz, Angaleena Presley, Over the Rhine, Jesse Harris, Mary Gauthier, Hayes Carll, Bob Schneider, Ellis Paul, Allison Moorer, Deana Carter and Peter Karp & Sue Foley.


Additional information

150 artist – 25 venues along scenic 30A in Northwest Florida

Tickets available HERE

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July 17, 2014

Smokin’ Novas review by Danielle Boise/Target Audience Magazine

By Danielle Boise @DanielleBoise· On July 17, 2014

With the tag Americana music that moves the soul, Smokin’ Novas lives up to that statement and more with the release of the band’s self-titled debut album, which happens to be produced by Grammy award winning producer Don McCollister. The 10-tracks run approximately 40 minutes and will fill you with every emotion possible –from the swells of sheer bliss to the pangs of a fragile heart. Smokin’ Novas masterfully fuses together the world of Americana and Folk with moments of nostalgia as the lyrics wrap intimately around the melodies to catch the listener in a truly perfect string of moments.

Smokin’ Novas start off with “Sunrise” a song filled with an earthy richness. “Crooked Smile” is that moment when you realize that you have to finally make room to fit in your life as yourself, no one else. “Wildflower Honey” by far is one of my personal favorite tracks on the album. The song is more than the tangy sweetness that the title indicates. With a true country hilt, the levels of sincerity are captured in the notes, lyrics and tone in this endearing love song with picture perfect images that causes the heart to smile and eyes to leak.

“Nightdriving” is a sexy escapism with “The mess you’ve been making is all your own design.”  Every person has created their own chaotic hell from one time to another, “Nightdriving” reminds us to just get out of our own way and drive through it. “Monteverde Ride” is a sleek song. I love the how the strings and percussion come together tightly on this song as they roll over the senses.  The most personal song on the album is “Up on the Mountain,” which hit me hard.  A touching tribute to loss and to learning how to come to terms with a missing piece of you. One that is so profound that it rewrites who you are. Yet, in all of that learning to live again and find joy in small moments.

The last track “Rosemarie” wraps the album up on a perfect note with a charming accolade to a loved one. The entire album is rich, full and lush. One that fully activates the senses. This is an album you will want to listen to more than once, and often.

If you are fans of The Civil Wars, John Mayer or The Lone Bellows, then this is the band for you.

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March 29, 2014

Smokin’ Novas CD Release

CD Release show at Eddie’s Attic July 18, 2014 at 7:30pm…we’re thrilled to be back playing at the Attic and looking forward to our CD release.  Eddie’s Attic is a popular and intimate live music venue for aspiring and accomplished performing songwriters. The Attic is located in Decatur, Georgia, a small artist-friendly town within the metro Atlanta area.  In its first 19 years, Eddie’s Attic has been the springboard for an amazing number of local artists who have gone on to receive national recognition – names like John Mayer, Sugarland, Shawn Mullins, and The Civil Wars.

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March 10, 2014

Smokin’ Novas debut album now available for download

The Smokin’ Novas debut album is now available for download purchase on the music page.  The 10 song album was produced by Grammy winning Don McCollister and features an all star supporting lineup including Marty Kearns on keyboards, Gerry Hansen on drums, John Keane on pedal steel/mandolin, Rob Henson on upright bass, Andy Carlson on violin, Jeff Mosier on banjo and Annie Hyra on backing vocals.

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