You’ve only been playing the guitar for three years. Did playing come naturally to you?
I’d say I picked it up pretty fast.
Why is that? Does anyone in your family play music?
No one I know (in my family plays). I just started playing and it came to me. I started playing the electric guitar and then switched to acoustic.
I understand you have recorded an EP. How many songs are on it and are they all originals?
There are five songs; they’re all originals.
What are you listening to?
I listen to acoustic, hard rock, classic rock — pretty much any type of rock music.
What’s your favorite album of all time?
Bang Bang by Dispatch.
Who are some of your major musical influences?
My mother always wanted me to get into music. It was a combination of her and seeing other friends playing.
What was the last great live performance you saw?
I went to one concert that had my old favorite band playing, Dream Theater. I went backstage, so that was cool.
Where was that?
The Bank of America Pavilion in Boston.
If you could share the stage with one big-time band, who would it be?
Probably either Dave Matthews or Dispatch.
Catch Southworth’s open mike every other Friday at J Beaners Coffeehouse & Cafe, 25 Route 101A, Amherst, N.H. starting Jan. 5 from 6-9 p.m.
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Who: Andrew Southworth Band
AKA: Andrew Southworth, vocals, guitar; Matt Danecki, drums, guitar.
Backstory: Tewksbury High School freshman Andrew Southworth is only 15, but he has already managed to land a regular musical gig at J Beaners Coffeehouse & Cafe in Amherst, N.H. He plays and hosts an open mike there and is joined on stage by Matt Danecki, who lives across the street from him in Tewksbury. The Sun recently spoke with Southworth about his budding career.