NASHVILLE MUSICIAN AND MEGA HIT SONGWRITER CHAS SANDFORD: NEW ALBUM ‘WAG MORE BARK LESS’ OUT NOW
Taking place in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the festival includes 5 days of 42 concerts and 15 workshops featuring 150 songwriters. Last night, Wednesday, February 23, SANDFORD performed at the Castlereagh Civic Centre in-the-round alongside Dominic O’Neill and Antoin Glacain. On Friday, February 25, he’ll also perform at the Rhythm & Rhyme Concertwhich also features Owen McCafferty, Paul Muldoon, Brian Kennedy, Thomm Jutz and Colum Sands. There will be a special presentation by The Lord Mayor Councillor Pat Convery and The Katherine Brick Award for Young Songwriter of the Year. For more information on the festival, please visit: http://www.belfastnashville.com.
SANDFORD returned to the spotlight with WAG MORE, BARK LESS released 1/11/11. The Atlanta native, who’s lived in Nashville since 1993, produced, engineered and mixed the album, a melodic rock-and-pop mix of electric and acoustic stylings. It is a proudly modern classic-rock album that’s brimming with affecting songs about life, love and loss; SANDFORDvocally gets inside such songs as “Let Love Back In This House,” “Someday Susan,” “My Favorite Regret” and the epic closer “It’s Changing” with plenty of emotional heart and power.
Tom Kidd of Music Connection praised the album. “The CD leads with a surefire hit, the anthemic ‘Let Love Back in This House,’and then keeps getting better. This is one of the most major independent releases I’ve ever heard.” (9/10 rating; February 2011)
Additionally, ArtistDirect.com’s Rick Florino wrote, “Chas Sandford was always meant to be in the spotlight. The Tennessee-based artist pens tunes that draw from rock, country, and pop, while existing in a sphere that’s decidedly his own. The hooks are there, but there’s a lot of heart hidden within each chord, verse, and lyric on Sandford’s sophomore offering, Wag More Bark Less…there’s nothing like hearing Chas sing and play his own material…” (1/18/11)
SANDFORD’s background is as impressive as they come. Songs off his Elektra/Asylum debut album Parallax View were covered by John Waite, Sammy Hagar, Rick Springfield and Sheila B. Devotion. When three of the songs he was writing for a planned second album turned into hits–a #1 hit for Waite (“Missing You”) and Top 5 singles for both Stevie Nicks (“Talk to Me”) and Chicago (“What Kind of Man Would I Be”)—SANDFORD found himself one of the most in-demand producer/songwriters in the business, garnering 12 ASCAP “Most Performed Song” awards and a total of over more than 7,000,000 airplays alone for “Missing You”, making it one of the most played songs of all time.
His songs have been recorded by Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, Melanie, Roger Daltrey, Millie Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Alison Krauss and David Wilcox. He has also produced a wide range of artists, including Chicago, Stevie Nicks, Roger Daltrey, Rod Stewart, Berlin, Gene Loves Jezebel, House of Schock and Don Johnson, whose cast of guest musicians included Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt, Ron Wood and Dickey Betts.