Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Big Easy captured Swiss musician's imagination.(Music)

Byline: Kenn Rodriguez FOR THE JOURNAL

* Relocation quickly influenced songwriter's work

It's hard to imagine how a place can have an effect on a person's art, but that's the way New Orleans has been for Andi Hoffmann.

A native of Switzerland, Hoffmann had some success in Europe, but his musical life was turned upside-down when he and his wife visited New Orleans for the first time in 1993.

"I didn't know a lot about it," the singer/guitarist said in a recent interview.

"But driving into the city blew me away. I'd never seen anything like it. We couldn't let it go."

Hoffmann and his wife relocated to the Big Easy not long after that. …

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