Sand Sheff

Sand Sheff


Take one part Tabasco, throw in a heaping helping of prickly pear, add a dash of patchouli oil, mix well in a margarita shaker, grill over an open fire under the stars, serve up with a Southern drawl and you've got singer-songwriter Sand Sheff.


Sand Sheff has been a cowboy, firefighter, minister, author, wilderness vagabond and recording artist. He has performed from campfires to Carnegie Hall. Sand Sheff (his real birth name) was born in Flagstaff, AZ, raised in the foothills of the Ozarks in Tahlequah, OK and returned back to the Four Corners region of the Wild West. In 1995 he moved to Nashville to see if there was any room for his unusual brand of original music in the realm of corporate country. With his band "Buck 50", he recorded two CD's, "Red Dirt Road" and "Clouds Turned To Horses". Music Row Magazine called Sand's songs "...the very definition of Americana". Later in 1997 he recorded with one of Nashville's finest producers, Marshall Morgan (Ricky Skaggs, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) to produce the album "Turn Me Around" along with a who's-who list of Nashville session artists. He returned to Durango, CO in 2000 and took a hiatus from performing to court his muse. The result - his brand new 2004 release "Free On This Mountain" - some of Sand's finest work yet. Stylistically it weaves through folk, bluegrass and old campfire country, to jazz and rock. The CD includes the contribution of several local veteran musicians, including a track with the old-time string band "Reeltime Travelers" (Cold Mountain soundtrack) and their main songwriter Martha Scanlan, who's mountain songbird vocals provide backup on a few other tracks.

As of October 2004, Sand is living in Santa Fe with his new wife Pamela, writing more songs and looking for more gigs!


Sand Sheff has recorded nine albums, however none of them are currently released, except for his newest release "Free On This Mountain". This CD has been receiving a lot of support and airtime from local public radio stations KSUT and KDUR, as well as nationally and internationally. "Free On This Mountain" was on the FAR Charts top 30 for 22 weeks straight and also on Roots Music Report Bluegrass Charts top 25 for over 23 weeks. Playlists and charts report that several songs on the CD receive rotation.

Set List

A typical set list (a full 3-4hrs) is a mix of a lot of Sand's original songs combined with various other covers ranging from Americana and Country to Rockin' Country.