Doc Clyne, Roger's father, was instrumental in getting Andy started in his new career as a singer. As the story goes, Andy was playing his guitar at the local tavern at night, and working for Doc shoeing horses during the week, and they became friends. "We used to drink beer together at the local watering hole. And after a series of longnecks, he'd always fall back to, 'You've got to meet my son.' And I would say, 'Yeah, yeah, yeah. Got that.' And then sure enough one night I'm playing a solo show, my normal weekend gig, solo, playing Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson and Kristofferson songs, and two or three of my own songs that I was barely confident enough to perform. And here comes this group of long-hairs. And they all sit down right in the middle. And it was The Refreshments."
When Andy took a break in between sets, Doc grabbed him by the collar and dragged him around face to face with Roger, told them to shake hands, and Andy says, "Immediately we struck up a friendship. Immediately. It's like we couldn't talk to anybody else. It was just like a brand new found brotherhood, it happened that fast." The friendship they formed all those years ago has prospered into successful music careers for both men, who continue to write and tour together, and their families have forged close bonds, as well. "It's all based on respect as songwriters," says Andy. But even with the limelight squarely on him most nights, VIP treatment at concert venues, and all the applause, Andy has not forgotten his gritty first career. He continues to get his hands dirty shoeing horses for Doc, riding the range, and reminiscing. (Read more in the Andy Hersey interview