Andina & Rich was born in Chicago's folk and comedy clubs, honed with a local traveling stand-up & music troupe, and became a formal partnership at Sandy's 2001 CD release party. Concentrating at first in the Chicago & Madison, WI areas, they honed their chops at clubs, festivals and folk conferences (FAI and regional); and began touring in earnest in 2007.
“Two Guitars, A Dulcimer, and an Attitude” isn’t just the title of Andina and Rich’s current hit CD. It’s what they do on stage! Think Burns & Allen and Stiller & Meara meet the Smothers Brothers and She & Him: the best of musical experience, humor and contemporary entertainment, Bookers and audiences alike know and love what this duo brings to the table:
1) Every track of their current CD has had airplay!
2) They star in their own weekly, internet television series of satire and music “The Andina and Rich Comedy Hour”
(Sunday nights at 7:00pm – Central time on Red Dragon TV)
3) The video of one of their latest songs, “Tell Me What Democracy Looks Like,” was shown to great acclaim at LaborFest, a political-activism film and music festival held on July 9th, 2011 in San Francisco.
For the past decade their combination of original songs, covers (by the best of today's indies, traditional and classic American folk & pop canon), dulcimers, cowboy yodeling, harmonica, and wild comedy has made them a favorite throughout the Midwest and the East Coast. Within the past year they've expanded their reach to the Intermountain West (Rockies and Pac. NW) and Mid-South as well and are looking forward to forays into the deep South and Canada.
In the past few years they've shared the stage individually & collectively (we're not talking about appearing at the same events, but rather opening for, co-booking with or collaborating onstage) with acts such as Red Horse (John Gorka, Eliza Gilkyson, Lucy Kaplansky), Cooper & Nelson, David Massengill, Claudia Schmidt, Lou & Peter Berryman and a host of others.
Few other acts bring this many assets--humor, multi-instrumentals, close harmony, experience and freshness--to clubs, festivals or concert series. They're sensitive to our audiences' sensibilities and family-friendly. Be part of the fun of their continuing 10th Anniversary Tour!
Where have they worked since they formed this duo? Here's just a sample:
CLUBS AND COFFEEHOUSES:
Two Way Street Coffeehouse – Downers Grove, IL
The Carnegie Lecture Hall - Pittsburgh, PA (see CONCERT SERIES below!)
Uncommon Ground - Chicago, IL
Heartland Cafe - Chicago, IL
Maryhill Winery--Goldendale, WA
Conewago Coffeehouse - Elizabethtown, PA
Cafe Semolino - Hays, KS
Uptown Bill's - Iowa City, IA
Grounds For Appeal Coffeehouse--Berwyn, IL
Bill’s Blues – Evanston, IL
Wild Hog In The Woods Coffeehouse – Madison, WI
The Brink Lounge--Madison, WI
Lilly's - Chicago, IL
Zou Zou's Cafe - Chelsea, MI
OldTown Tavern- Ann Arbor, MI
8th Street Coffeehouse – Escanaba, MI
Hall of Fame Lounge – Nashville, TN
Calliope House Concert Series, Carnegie Lecture Hall (opening for Red Horse!)--Pittsburgh, PA
Second Friday Music Series, Molly's Cafe at People's Church--Chicago, IL
First Friday Concert Series, Trinity Orchard House--Shepherdstown/Martinsburg, WV
Fredericksburg Songwriter Showcase Series, Picker's Supply Concert Hall--Fredericksburg, VA
Whispering Pines B&B Concerts--Nebraska City, NE
Acoustic Sounds Cafe Series--Little Rock, AR
Paulson House Concerts--Naperville, IL
Crow's Nest House Concerts--Upper Sandusky, OH
Woolpy House Concerts--Minocqua, WI
Ethical Humanist Society Second Saturday Series -Skokie, IL
Live at the Library - Hayner Public Library, Alton, IL
" " " --Sparta Public Library, Sparta, IL
" " " --Casper Public Library, Casper, WY
Live From The Living Room -Blue Note Cafe at Pontiac Arts Center -Pontiac, MI
Songwriters in the Round - Madison, WI
Sandy Andina - guitar, mountain dulcimer, vocals
Stephen Lee Rich - guitar, vocals
MOST RECENTLY RELEASED (late 2010):
"Two Guitars, A Dulcimer, And An Attitude" (DulciYodel Records)
PREVIOUS DUO RELEASES:
"Andina and Rich Live" (Travenia Records)
"Because We Can:" (Travenia Records)
"Tappin' Out A Rhythm, Pickin' Out A Tune"-Travenia Records anthology, on which Andina and Rich have two tracks.
"Acoustic Rainbow" Samplers--Americana/Roots and Bluegrass
Sandy Andina: Ghosts and Angels (Essay Records)
(with "SASS!")--Album One (BWC Records)
Old Town School of Folk Music First Fri. Songwriters' Exchange sampler
Sheheshe Music and SMS Records samplers
Stephen Lee Rich: Facing Monday (Pachanga Records)
Acoustic Dog Sampler (Pachanga Records)
Andina and Rich: Because We Can
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Stephen Lee Rich and Sandy Andina have been sitting in on one another’s performances for some twenty...Stephen Lee Rich and Sandy Andina have been sitting in on one another’s performances for some twenty years in the Chicago area. Around 1995 Rich moved to Madison and has been performing in the area ever since. Also known as “the yodeling cowboy,” Rich has finally followed through on getting an Andina and Rich recording made. Because We Can, is thirteen songs of sometimes satirical, sometimes historical, sometimes poignant and always well-crafted tunes recorded in various live settings by Mike
There are a number of musicians joining the couple such as
Amy Curl, Ron Dennis, Doug Hamilton, Julia McConahay, Ingrid Frances
Stark and Quin Stickler.
The album kicks off with the only cover, “A Fine Romance,” a song made famous by the musical of the same name, recorded by Fred Astaire in 1936.
It’s a comical piece and Andina carries the melody until about halfway through
when Rich takes over. It’s nearly startling how Rich can sound like Willie Nelson at times, with that same deep, resonant voice seasoned with character. McConahay (Michigan’s Madison Greene band) turns in some exquisite fiddle tracks, especially on the gorgeous Rich composition “Time Has No Mercy”.
Rich’s compositions are especially memorable. Songs like “Mudball” and “Time Has No Mercy” have an emotional depth that rings true and a classic folk feel. “Buddy, I’m Just Sick To Death of Christmas” forays into more comical terrain and has one of the more interesting kazoo solos ever commited to tape.
Andina’s songs are in the storyteller vein, a bit more traditional in structure. Perhaps her best song,”Because We Can!,” is a send-up on the corporate world and taking it up the wazoo for The Man. “Safe Home” benefits from Hamilton’s
stand up bass and the interplay of guitars in the middle section is tender and effective.
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B Section September, 2005 Record Review Andina and Rich - Because We Can Before Stephen Lee Rich cam...B Section September, 2005 Record Review Andina and Rich - Because We Can Before Stephen Lee Rich came to Madison, he spent a couple of decades on the Chicago folk scene, where he often collaborated with singer-songwriter Sandy Andina. Because We Can!, their first full-length recording as a duo, is a fast-moving tour of highlights from their joint repertoire. Andina and Rich put heart and humor into this colorful array of folk, old-time pop and novelty songs. Andina and Rich are both accomplished songwriters and musicians - Rich's guitar style and Andina's way with melody are especially strong - but they don't take themselves too seriously. There are parodies of old folk chestnuts, doo-wop harmonies, and even a couple of kazoo solos. The title track, which has made waves on the Dr. Demento radio show, is a model of political songwriting that's thoroughly entertaining. It's one of many songs on the record that show off the duo's wonderfully off-kilter timing. An inclusive folk aesthetic permeates this album, with live recordings and a jug-band jam keeping things loose and lively. You get the sense that this music is meant to be passed around and shared, especially on the community anthem You Can't Do It All On Your Own and the yellow-ribbon-reclaiming ballad Safe Home, with its pretty, singalong chorus. The many guest musicians include MSG's Amy Curl on piano and Doug Hamilton on upright bass. A few narrative and introspective folk songs bring depth to the project. Orange and Pink Prairie Sky distills the feeling of freedom on a country road trip, and has an interesting combination of pop and bluegrass textures. The dramatic Time Has No Mercy evokes America's move west. I was surprised to see Christmas songs on the album this early in the year. Fortunately, one of them grouses at the whole long season. If you feel differently, you might like the well-crafted, sentimental Christmas-and-Chanukah one that follows. Mike Wiegmann engineered Because We Can!, which he produced with Stephen Lee Rich. The production is inspired and true to the spirit of the artists' live performances.
Set Length & content: Andina & Rich mold their sets to the needs and requests of the venue or event--time frame, audience demographic & sensitivities, concert purpose--they'll structure the perfect set to fit it.
Songs: Originals (Genres: folk, Americana, novelty, acoustic pop, acoustic rock, and country). Original repertoire (indiv. and co-writes) exceeds 100 songs and growing!
covers ranging in styles from show tunes & Great American Songbook (e.g., "A Fine Romance," "Bei Mir Bist du Schoen") to Classic Folk (Smith, Prine, Goodman, Paxton, Phillips, etc.) to Trad. to Country (e.g., Coe, Jennings) to Rock (Zevon, Springsteen), to the best of undiscovered but primo indie writers, and wild parodies of songs in almost any genre you could name.
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