“This is Roots-based Americana that actually deserves to be made."
—The Village Voice
“These songs required more than a casual thumb through of the good book and the stereotypical emotions we take from the best known tales and Andy more than delivers. He not only transports us all to Calvary, but to the side of a hospital bed and the darkest moments of isolation.”--HeroHill.com
"His earlier work has generated acclaim in the prestigious likes of The Village Voice, and that will surely be repeated for this fine work. Befitting the country gospel terrain he ploughs, Li'l Andy and his skilled cast of instrumentalists set up shop in historic Montreal cathedral Eglise St. Jean Baptiste, recording "live off the altar." The result is a compellingly atmospheric, haunting sound.”--Exclaim!
“With All Who Thirst Come to the Waters, indie musician and country rocker Li’l Andy has come up with a truly countercultural piece of work.”
—The Victoria Times-Colonist
Overlooking the corner of Rachel and St. Denis street in Montreal stands the Église St. Jean Baptiste, an imposing 19th century cathedral revered for its acoustics and Baroque interior. In the fall of 2008, the city’s very own country-singing hero, Li’l Andy, convinced the priests and nuns of St. Jean Baptiste to let his band take over the church’s hallowed halls to record an album.
So they hauled in guitars, amps, a pedal-steel guitar, and a piano and set up underneath the crucifixes. They moved most of the equipment from the Treatment Room Recording Studio (Plants and Animals, SoCalled) into the sacristy and rigged up a control room. And there, for six days and nights, they played amongst the votive candles and empty pews, recording live-off-the-floor with no overdubs.
The result is Li’l Andy’s third album, All Who Thirst Come to the Waters—ten haunting songs that reverberate with the traditions of country and gospel music, and show a group of accomplished musicians rejoicing in the sacred echo of an empty cathedral.
Over the past six years, Li’l Andy & Karaoke Cowboy have earned a steadily-growing reputation as Canada’s foremost practitioners of country music for the thinking man. The full-length album Home in Landfill Acres was nominated for both Best Roots/Folk album at the Quebec Independent Music Awards (GAMIQ) and Best Album at the Montreal Independent Music Awards. During the past few years, the band’s touring has taken them to the Edmonton Folk Festival, NXNE, Canadian Music Week, and the Halifax Pop Explosion, appearing on the same stages as Steve Earle, Neko Case, Nick Cave, Calexico, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.