Chris Sand

Saturday, July 27th • 6:15pm • Side Stage


A prolific songwriter, Chris Sand, AKA Montana’s Rappin’ Cowboy, has released 12 CDs. His music is fusion in the raw–country/ hip hop/ folk/ rap/ cowboy/ punk. Whatever you want to call it, it’s unique, fresh, sexy, and western.

The great-grandson of Montana and North Dakota pioneers, Sand grew up listening to cowboy poetry and country music. When hip hop culture hit “the Rez” (the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana, where Sand lived most of his early years), he learned to rap and rhyme to the pulse of baling machines and irrigation pumps. By his late teens, when he discovered Marley and Dylan, he had already begun to find his own style.

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. He stays in touch with fans and friends between tours through his blog journal.

Chris Sand performances shine with heart and humor. If you are curious about the sound of avant-garde western Americana, take time to listen to this one-of-a-kind rappin’ folk singer.

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