Friday, December 31, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Being the Rappin' Cowboy has been good to me, though, I'll say that much. It has given me publicity and helped me book shows and draw crowds and sell records. It has allowed me to stand out from other acts. It got me invited to the 25th Annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, NV. It probably even played a role in getting a documentary made about me.
I guess what it comes down to, though, is this: I'm not a cowboy and I'm not a b-boy. I'm just a forty-year-old nature boy who drives truck part-time for a living and spends most of the year in North Dakota. I like foraging for food. I like soaking in hot springs. I like clearing trails and chopping wood and swimming. I like this recent Bernie Sanders speech. I like drying apples and canning. I like to recite poems and write songs and pick guitar and tell lies and chase horses out of the yard. I like to drive long distances and (dream about) travel(ing) overseas. I like thrift store shirts and scratchy vinyl records. I like Hana. I like Mexican food and corgi pups. These are a few of my favorite things . . .
I also adore both hip-hop and cowboy culture. For me, they somehow encapsulate the spectrum of Americana I'm so fond of. I may stick with www.rappincowboy.com, but I may opt for www.chrissand.net. Time will tell. Time will tell.
Merry Christmas everyone and thanks again for your comments!
Monday, December 20, 2010
Anybody out there want to help me write a fresh bio? My old one's gathering moss.
Also, I need to prioritize three good press quotes for my publicity page. I found ten from 2010. Which do you find most compelling?
1. ". . . playful, pugilistic, and part of the deep tradition of troubadours keeping culture alive while pushing the cultural envelope."
360 Main Street (Ryan Wilson)
2. "(Chris Sand) blends and balances rap and country music with a conviction and sophistication that transcends novelty without eschewing levity. . . . Sand’s music saunters, struts and strides through not just musical barriers, but those in age, society, politics, and so many more, one loses count."
Movies on a Big Screen (Galen Howard)
3. "...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)
4.". . . how easy it is to go from skepticism to complete admiration for the Rapping Cowboy. Chris “Sandman” Sand matters."
Encore (Justin Lacy)
5. "Sand, a gifted songwriter . . . manages to charm even at his worst."
Memphis Flyer (Chris Herrington)
6. "His music might be an acquired taste, but it’s easy to understand how rappin’ cowboy Chris Sandman’s (sic) irrepressible energy, goofy lyrics and wild showmanship win him followers wherever he goes."
7 x 7
8. "(an) undeniably magnetic and talented character."
A.V. Club - Austin (Joshua Huck)
9. "(Chris Sand) is the classic wandering American minstrel."
Weekly Volcano (Mark Thomas Deming)
10. "his stripped-down sound and unadorned words contain hopeful ingredients most anyone can feel at home with - except maybe in Cincinnati."
Bonus quote (perhaps my favorite):11. "(Sand) isn't a particularly good musician, but he makes up for it with a huge heart and an eagerness to bridge divides."The Daily Californian (Max Siegel)
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Monday, December 06, 2010
Saturday, December 04, 2010
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
This is Hana's response to me saying we shouldn't leave a tip at this morning's hotel in Ontario, Oregon. Most of the lights are burned out, the pillowcases wreak of nicotine (in a "non-smoking" room), the t.v.'s remote control is sticky and doesn't work, the sheets are dirty, and the shower doesn't get hot enough.
Tomorrow morning I fly to Wilmington, NC, for the Cucalorus Film Festival!
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Monday, November 01, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Those of you familiar with my song "PO Box 7" might be interested to hear that, as of earlier this month, my once lucky post office box is now a 10" x 4" x 16" metal receptacle for dust. Unbelievably, Dunn Center's post office has been suspended!"P-O-Box-triple-O-sevenMy p.o. box from heavenSmaller than a bread box, bigger than a cabbageEvery single day I get at least one packageFrom deejays on Ebay, emcees on AmazonEverybody loves me, I'm bigger than Barry BondsAnd letters they send me--so friendly and funnyWhy get a job when I can make so much moneyJust walkin' to the post office, and turnin' the keyTriple-O-seven is the box to be . . ."(Third verse from "PO Box 7")
Saturday, October 23, 2010
It will also be screening today in Memphis, TN, at the Indie Memphis Film Festival at 2:00pm!
Click here for all upcoming (and past) screenings.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Hana & Gilgamesh in front of newly-repainted cabin.
It's apple pickin' time on Killdeer Mountain! Neighbors, John & Alice Dvirnak, invited Mom, Dad, Hana, and me to have as many apples as we wanted from their orchard.
Mom & Dad returning from the apple hunt.
A) Colorful cups that Hana found at a yard sale for 25-cents each.
B) Another recent paint-job: the kitchen floor of our Dunn Center house.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
I've been hearing the bugles of elk lately and see their droppings around. Yesterday morning I came across a bevy of sharp-tailed grouse and some partridges. I've never seen them up here on the mountain before.
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Sunday, September 05, 2010
Hana's been getting creative with her earrings this week. Here are a couple she came up with last week. I especially like the birch bark/leather pair.
If you're lookin' for fresh and exciting gifts for yourselves or others you could shop from her online Etsy store Baptuma. She updates it almost daily, so be sure to check back often!
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
The Stevens' are having their annual family reunion. They're all night owls, so I played from midnight 'til 2 a.m. and then I ate supper. For breakfast they fed Hana and me the best crepes we've ever eaten.
For the next three or four days I'll be driving south, east, west, and north to deliver live fish to Minnesota and Calgary.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Hana and I are about to drive to Lake Sakakawea for some swimming and boating with our friends Ed and Barb Danks.
Here's a friendly blog post recently written about me and Kimya Dawson: http://lettersmixtape.blogspot.com/2010/06/sandman-kimya.html
Monday, August 16, 2010
Monday, August 09, 2010
Sunday, August 01, 2010
Today I'm having bad allergies.
Hana and I are loving our vacation!
Friday, July 30, 2010
7.31.10 - 7pm - Artswells Festival, Wells, BC
- See Roll Out, Cowboy at 7pm, and I'll perform after the screening!
8.5.10 - 7pm - 19th Annual Woods Hole Film Festival, Woods Hole, MA
-The movie screens at 7pm. Q & A with Director Elizabeth Lawrence and Producer Warner Boutin will follow.
More shows to be announced soon!
Canadian summer vacation! Hana and I just died and went to Banff National Park: glaciers, waterfalls, car camping, and 'skeeters! We are loving it. Tomorrow is the Roll Out, Cowboy screening and show.
On Monday I'll fly to Minneapolis to meet Shawn, who'll be driving to Toronto for a tilapia delivery.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
This means we will be renting out our dear Dunn Center house. Although the trade-off is worth it, we are sad to leave our house and community in Dunn Center. Fortunately, we'll only be thirty minutes away. We plan to keep our PO Box 7 address.
P.S. Grandpa had a saying: "Anything worth painting is worth painting red." The horse barn, the bunk house, and all the sheds are red, too. No tractor, picnic table, or axe handle escaped Grandpa's red brush.
Sunday, July 04, 2010
I've got this song stuck in my head:
You're a grand old flag,Cain't justify blogging on these sultry, dog days of summer. Too busy with juneberries, lightning storms, wiffleball, fireworks, swimming, barbecues, mowing, family, gardening, smoothies, and trucking. Speakin' of, I'll be driving with Goodall for the next five days. We'll do both Toronto and Calgary this week, with stops to load in Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota.
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave . . .
I looove summer.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Wolf Creek, 1929
I knew a place that never had
Electricity or plumbing
Or paint or pretty curtains
Just two homestead shacks nailed together
Banked with tarpaper and fragrant manure
It was home to three boys and a man
Unchurched but reverent of God
Pride was there, pride in honesty,
A day’s work, a well-cleaned corral,
A well-topped haystack, a good-broke horse
A perfect school attendance record,
The winning of a spelling bee.
It lacked a woman and mourned this lack
Sometimes with quiet tears on quiet and lonely nights.
The eldest boy said to the youngest,
“It’s not a mark of manhood to feel sorry for oneself”
And thus it was resolved and
Toughness woven with the fabric cut to Man’s measure.
Those long, cruel Depression years,
Empty and sterile to some, but not to us!
Friday, June 25, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
http://apprehensioninaustin.wordpress.com/2010/05/09/ciao-cowboy-pt-2-marfa-film-festival-thursday/ (scroll down)
http://www.avclub.com/austin/articles/dispatches-from-the-marfa-film-festival-wednesday,40952/ (scroll down)
Oklahoma City, OK
http://www.okgazette.com/p/13012/p/13013/Default.aspx (scroll down)
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Now back in Dunn Center, "Heart of Dunn County."
Home is where I hang my hat and where I hug Hana. I wear my home on my sleeve.
Sunday, June 06, 2010
Saturday, June 05, 2010
Around 7:00 this morning neighbor Ed Danks knocked, rousing Hana and me from Dreamland. We'd set the alarm for 5:40, but had gone back to dozing. Ed gave us some venison sausage for our breakfast and asked if we would help him plant a few rows of potatoes in the community garden. We were pleased to get the invite. After ginger tea and sausage, we put our work clothes on and joined Ed in the field.
Good friends and dark earth make all the difference in how a day turns out.
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Speaking of Saturday, Roll Out, Cowboy, will be screening its Washington premier at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival on June 5th at 7:20 p.m. at the Northwest Film Forum. You can buy tickets here: http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/Venues/Stiff?film=3978435
Monday, May 31, 2010
Tamara Kubacki, Programs Coordinator for the Western Folklife Center in Elko, NV, gave the keynote address. She and I became friends last year at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko. Hana and I had the pleasure of showing Tamara around Dunn County this morning.
Before yesterday's show, Hana and I explored the southwest corner of North Dakota, in particular the ramshackle town of Marmarth. Marmarth is to NoDak what Terlingua is to Texas--a dusty, half-deserted, ghosty place where eccentrics, outlaws, and misfits go to escape and/or create. My people.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Congrats to the Roll Out, Cowboy crew who just won Director's Choice Gold Medal for Excellence at the Park City Film Music Festival last weekend!
The next big festival for Roll Out, Cowboy will be next Saturday at Seattle's True Independent Film Festival. It will screen at 7:20 p.m. at the Northwest Film Forum. For more info, please visit: http://rolloutcowboy.com/news/.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Performing in the Morrow's rustic barn (above) for Joanne's 50th birthday was fab, 'though I'm embarrassed to say that I almost burned it down doing a stupid stunt with a match during one of my raps.
Earlier that day, in the Morrow's bunkhouse (left), Nima helped me record several songs for my next album. You can listen to one of the tracks here: "Miss Rodeo Montana."
On May 1st, my last day of spring troubadouring, many great things happened. For one, I reunited with my sweetie, Hana. It'd been three months since we'd last seen each other in Orlando, FL. (She'd flown on to Syria to learn Arabic, and I'd flown to Boston to begin the tour.) For another, the May Day concert with Nima was our tour's grand finale! He mentions it here, in his blog.
Nima also writes of our appearance that day on The Persian Radio Hour. Here's the link to listen to his hour-long interview, hosted by DJ Sharokh Nikfar. Besides being a wonderful radio host, Sharokh is a great chef. After the show he cooked Nima, Hana, and me a mouth-watering Iranian dish.
The midnight supper with Sharokh was an auspicious and joyous end to Nima's and my trans-American, cross-cultural, fence-cutting, genre-smashing, most excellent 2010 spring adventure. It was just the ceremony we needed, and it was fitting to have Hana there, at last.
Nima and I had begun and ended our odyssey on ol' Interstate 90. February 'til May. From Massachusetts to Washington State--coast to coast, more or less. And now it was time to part ways.
Early the next morning Nima gunned west to Seattle, and Hana and I boomeranged east to Billings to catch our flight south to Marfa. We had a dusty little film festival to attend.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Soon I'd like to focus on writing. Songs, journaling, letters to friends . . .
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Blogger picked a nasty time to switch its format. I've been blogless for the last two weeks, just when I wanted to share all sorts of good news regarding Roll Out, Cowboy. Big thanks to Josh Tokle for helping me get this journal working again.
I'll be trucking for the next four or five days, and will play catch up then. Meanwhile, please check out my Twitter page. It will fill in some of the gaps.
Or good old Facebook.
Or better yet, Roll Out, Cowboy's Facebook page.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
I grew up in western Montana but for some reason rarely play shows here. It's good to be back, where the snowy Mission Mountains watch over my beautiful Flathead Valley/Mission Valley childhood home.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
In some ways my 2010 tour with Nima has been made up of many tours. First there was the New England Two-Step, starting and ending in Boston. Then came the East Coast Hitch-Hike, where we had no vehicle but still managed to get to all our seaboard shows before taking a bus back to Boston. After two weeks dancing the Boston Limbo, we did the Southbound Boogie, which put us at last in New Orleans. From New Orleans we rolled to Dallas, where began our Waltz Across Texas tour. This ended prematurely, as did our potential Southwest Twist.
Nima, meanwhile, is keeper of the flame. He solo-explored Big Bend National Park before angling east to El Paso and north to Santa Fe. Soon he'll pass through Denver and Spearfish, and finally, on Thursday, he'll arrive in Dunn Center. On April 22nd we'll resume our journey, with seven western Montana sock hops. We've saved our last dance for a May Day show in Spokane. Originally we'd planned to go to the Pacific, but other projects interposed.
Top seven tour highlights:
- Escaped frigid North Dakota winter.
- Finished new CD--Chemicals in the Wheat.
- Thanks to Nima and Hanon, I have two fresh new YouTube vids.
- Made new friends and visited old friends along the route.
- Recorded, with Nima's help, a gang of songs for next CD.
- By tour's end we'll have played a respectable thirty shows.
- Getting to know Nima better.
Ah, Hana. . . I'll meet her in Spokane on May Day. God speed!
Friday, April 09, 2010
From Dallas, Nima and I boogied to Austin for a fantastic show at Baby Blue Studios. The show was set up by the coincidentally-named Austin L. Jones. He bought a butt-load of Lone Star beer, and a Texas-sized crowd magically appeared. Awesome! From Austin we rolled west.
On April 2nd, we arrived in the magic west-Texas town of Marfa just in time to see my favorite artist Camp Boswell's whimsically eerie, border-war art show--marijuana, guns, liquor, briefcases of cash, and buzzard-like spy cams, all carved from wood. See Camp's giant spur (click on it to see details).
On April 3rd Nima and I played a most pleasant house concert in the kitchen of Camp and his wife Buck. It was our best show of tour and a morale-raising way to wrap up the southern leg of our journey.
On April 4th Nima and I parted ways temporarily. He drove to Big Bend National Park, and I flew to Minneapolis. That night I stayed with my friends Brandon and Nitali, who had picked me up at the airport. The next morning they dropped me off at the Mall of America, where I met with Shawn Goodall for a fish run to Toronto.
The two days of driving were uneventful, except for some powerful storms in Michigan and Ontario.
On April 7th Goodall dropped me off in Fargo, where I met up with Mom and attended Dale Bentley's Farewell Celebration at the the historic Fargo Theater. I was listed as the ceremony's officiator. I'm a rookie Reverend, and handling a memorial service proved to be harrowing duty--especially after just climbing out of a long-haul semi. Dale's family appreciated my effort, though. I enjoyed all the music Dale had requested: bagpipes, cello, and an opera singer named Angel Lira. Dale, a fan of Scottish culture, was buried in his kilt. He will be missed by many people. I am lucky to have known him these past few years.
Now I'm home in western North Dakota. Yesterday I visited the parents and grandparents and Killdeer Mountain, where wild crocuses are blooming by the thousands, most of the snow is gone, and the beaver dams are full. I pulled ticks off the horses. Spring is here, in force!
On that note, my cousin Kirby and his wife Megan just gave birth to a healthy baby girl. Her name is Cora Bailey Sand, and she's gorgeous! Congrats, Megan and Kirby. Can't wait to meet her!
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Photo by Elizabeth Lawrence (a still from the Roll Out, Cowboy doc.).
Dale was an awesome individual. I'll write more about him in the coming week.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Allison, by the way, is the shining gal with yellow hair below, sandwiched between two up-and-comers in 1984. I'd like to believe that Quincy Jones took the picture.
We still miss you, MJ. Dang.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Bill's Record Store:
Outdoor benefit show at La Reunion:
Nima rockin' it next to the La Reunion turtle pond.
Giant, floating jellyfish made from trash collected in the La Reunion creek.
Sarah Jane and Paul's house concert:
Trinity River Folk singin' Oak Cliff murder ballads!
Nima singin' about fast cars and slow food.
Watcher in the woods.
Our final Dallas show is tonight at Murray Street Coffee House!