Deep in the hills of Southwest Virginia, mountain music runs through the veins of many natives. No other band in the region captures the heart, mind, and soul of the people than the Sandy Shortridge Band. Sandy Shortridge, a guitarist and an exceptional singer with a baritone voice, is from Buchanan County which is located in the the coal fields of Southwest Virginia and borders the states of both Kentucky and West Virginia. She began her musical career at ten years old and is well known as a result of performing on many of the area stages and beyond throughout the years.
She is also a songwriter and master storyteller. Her original songs capture the cultural traditions of the region and can bring tears or a smile with equal ability. During her performances, the stories and her experiences are shared in her music in an almost magical way. Shortridge has made multiple recordings which feature her moving compositions in carefully crafted arrangements and presentation. She was featured on a two CD compilation recording of 50 current artists from The Crooked Road region called “A Treasury of American Music” (Grandmas’ Gate). Her original compositions which have been recorded by other artists can also be found on “The Music of Coal” (Red Neck Wars co-written with Ron Short), Larry Spark’s 50th Anniversary CD “Lonesome and Then Some” (We Prayed and Journey to the Light), Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers new project “Sacred Memories” (Same Ole Dipper) and Kelly Nelson’s gospel project “In the Waiting” (The Son is Always with me in the Mine). Her work was included in the audio book “When Miner’s March” ... The Battle of Blair
Mountain (“Red Neck Wars”).
What others are saying about Sandy & the Cd "Beginning With The End"
Larry Sparks, "She is one of the most real to life writers Her songs really have a message"
Larry Cordle, " Brilliant Work'
Don Rigsby, " She is real that's a rare commodity these days"
Adam Haynes ( The Grascals) " Her writing is so real"
Jack Hinshelwood Executive Director The Crooked Road " I still vividly remember how thrilling it was to hear Sandy's music & phenomenal voice for the first time"
"Thank You doesn't seem to be enough to say"