Andy Waddell was at the end of his rope with life, but just when he was about to give up he decided to pick up his guitar and play it one last time. This proved to be a life saving decision (literally) as he regained his desire to live, and his thirst to create music was back.  Andy stopped by the Brad Cooney Podcast and talked in depth about his journey from near suicide to releasing a new album, enjoying life, touring, and simply living again.  Waddell released a new record titled "A Road To Nowhere" it's part of his new journey, his new life.  

LOS ANGELES, CA – After years as a professional jazz musician grinding out gigs just to pay the bills, Andy Waddell found himself in a dark place. But it was from out of that dark place that he would create something truly unique and wonderful.

At 31 years old, Waddell has been a jazz musician for more than a decade. A self-proclaimed perfectionist, he spent as many as 8 hours a day, every day of the week perfecting his skills as a jazz guitarist. And that work paid off as he was often called upon to play in clubs and write arrangements for other artists. But his big break never seemed to come, and the harder he worked the more frustrated he became. He began to turn to alcohol, and then to drugs, and those things took over his life.

Even though he had had some success with his previous 2 albums, he was at the beginning stages of what he came to learn was a mental illness. He was about to be evicted from his apartment. He was so depressed that he walked away from music completely. For seven months he didn’t even look at the guitar, and his addictions became even worse. Finally, when he was at rock bottom and had nothing left, he was seriously considering suicide. Before he took his own life, however, he wanted to play his guitar one more time. LISTEN to the Podcast  BELOW











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