This performance will be filmed for a future episode of The Myrna Soundstage. The 70-minute performance will be followed by a brief interview by musician John Dendy.
A prolific songwriter, Chris Sand, aka Sandman, Montana’s Rappin’ Cowboy, is a true original. He mixes everything from country to hip hop to folk to punk music in his performances, and has been for over 25 years. Sandman uses humor, music, and poetry to tell stories, build connections, and get people thinking.
He grew up listening to cowboy poetry and country music. Once hip hop culture hit his home turf, the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana, he learned to rap and rhyme to the pulse of baling machines and irrigation pumps. In 2010 he was the subject of a feature-length award-winning documentary, ROLL OUT, COWBOY.
Sandman has toured the country many times, sharing bills with acts ranging from Corb Lund to Michael Franti & Spearhead. Selling “Sandman” T-shirts and pillowcases (recycled items slapped with the Sand brand), worn leather belts, and old cowboy shirts, Sand keeps his audiences entertained during the breaks as well as on stage.
“What motivates me? I want to be part of a wave of change that makes life better for everyone—more fun, more fair, more holy. I use humor, music, and poetry to tell stories, build connections, and get people thinking. I’m grateful that the world is filled with weird and unexpected beauty—great inspiration for my songs!”
“…one of America’s most unusual entertainers—Sandman, the Rapping Cowboy, a.k.a. Chris Sand. Sand is a true original, one of those charismatic oddballs that populate quirky indie comedies but rarely seem to exist in real life. His music is catchy and fun, his personality is damn near irresistible…”
—A.V. Club – Denver, Cory Casciato
“The Sandman is undoubtedly one of the most challenging, intelligent, and gut-busting funny performers this side of the Mississippi. . . . The central theme is really folk music, but don’t be fooled: this is not your Mom’s folk.”
—The Local Planet