Sands & Hearn Music | Cleveland OH


Here’s a holiday classic from our house to yours! Peace, Love, and Joy to you all this holiday season.

Sands & Hearn are husband and wife singer/songwriters Quinn Sands and Richard Hearn, out of Cleveland, Ohio. Both Quinn and Richard are multi-instrumentalists who began writing and performing together shortly after meeting in June of 2015. Their style is best described as alt. folk/rock Americana – a unique blend of their musical backgrounds and influenced by the roots of American music, with an emphasis on the story and sweet harmonies. In 2017, they released their first album, entitled Time Is A Line, which features a line-up of some of the most talented musicians from Northeast Ohio.

Live, they’ve performed primarily as a bass & guitar duo, often switching to other instruments such as glockenspiel, Shruti-box and various percussion (often played with their feet) at venues around the Northeast, Ohio, such as the Beachland Ballroom & Tavern, Brother’s Lounge and at the legendary Barking Spider Tavern. They’ve also performed at the Painesville Party in the Park, Spice Acre’s Plated Dinner events, the Lake County Fair, Walk All Over Waterloo, the 2018 Lake Erie Folk Festival, Riverdog Music in Wakeman, OH, The Factory in Sharon, PA, the Music the Bloom Café & Listening Room in Bristol, TN.

They have opened for such legendary performers as Tommy Womack, Ray Bonneville, Maria Muldaur, Rod Picott and Kevin Gordon, as well as The Ragbirds and Brent Cobb. In 2018, they performed in Dublin, Ireland at the legendary Whelan’s Bar (in support of Brent Cobb) and The Underground Live Music Venue.

Press Coverage: 

2017 Top Emerging Artists of the year, by Paul McGee:

“Lonesome Highway originally came into being as an ally for artists who are not internationally recognized and to provide a filter and platform upon which their music could gain a wider audience. This continues to be our central ethos and the following artists have been reviewed by me over the past year and their recent releases are deserving of a place in any music collection:”

The Novel Ideas – Self Titled

Sands & Hearn – Time Is A Line

Ryne Doughty – Date Night

Worry Dolls – Go Get Gone

Susan Catteneo – The Hammer & The Heart

I Draw Slow – Your Face To The Sun

The Remedy Club – Lovers, Legends & Lost Causes

Beki Hemingway – Whins & Weather

Romantica – Shadowlands

Jesse Waldman – Mansion Full Of Ghosts

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards – California Calling

The Wailin’ Jennies – Fifteen

Full article here

“The two combine perfectly on the wonderfully dark tale of Crazy Carl, with harmonica atmospherics from Colin Dussault and some mean resonator guitar painting atmospheric colours. Bouncing Ball of Jesus councils on the twists and turns of cruel fate and on the title track they sing that “time is a line, but it’s not always straight; it curves and it bends, by choice and by fate.”…

… Matt Troja produced, recorded and mixed the project in addition to playing various guitars, keyboards, percussion and singing duties. There are no fillers here and the tracks Angel With Dusty Boots, American Mind and Sugar In The Morning hold an instant appeal. However, all the songs blend seamlessly together and this duo have made a very impressive debut that comes highly recommended and points towards a bright future, both professionally and romantically speaking!!

Paul McGee, Lonesome Highway

“Need to tell you what a wonderful recording this is! Holiday afternoon listening is so sweet. The love story of these 2 folks makes me happy enough but then to hear their soundtrack of that love and life with some of the best Cle musicians like Chris Hanna, Al Moss and Colin Dussault backing them up…may be as nice as sailing today! Congrats on this release Richard Hearn and Kelly Quinn Sands! Producer Matt Troja hit a home run…”

– Cindy Barber, Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

“Listening to Time is a Line which arrived over the weekend. You and Richard (and Al) have done a very fine thing. And when you sing in French, I’m reminded of Shawshank: “I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. Truth is, I don’t want to know. Some things are best left unsaid.” Thanks for writing and putting this out in the world.”

– Paul Bauer, Author.

Live Review: Brent Cobb, Zack Logan, Sands & Hearn @ Whelan’s, Dublin – September 4, 2018 Read Here…

Biography for Press Use

Time Is A Line One-Sheet


Purchase Time Is A Line

Purchase The Bristol Sessions


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Press Releases

August 1, 2019Release of The Bristol Sessions EP.

August 1, 2019 – Sands & Hearn “Lonely For My Baby” coffee.

February 8, 2018 – Sands & Hearn premiers Oakleigh Street on YouTube.

October 21, 2017Sands & Hearn to perform at “The Factory” – Artist Studios & Open House at The Landing in Sharon, Pennsylvania


Press Photos

Photo Credits: Pat Picciano, David Sands Photography, Shirley Berends


Upcoming Performances:

To all our fans: Quinn and Richard took time off from performing due to health issues that arose in late June. We hope to return to performing live sometime in the new year. During this time, we we have written a bunch of new songs we are in the process of recording for release in 2020. In the meantime, don’t forget to visit our Bandcamp page, and if you’d like to order some Sands & Hearn “Lonely For My baby coffee”, drop us a line. Cheers!


Past Performances:

July 24, 2019 – Toast wine bar & restaurant, Cleveland, Ohio – 5:30 to 7:30 PM – CANCELLED

June 8, 2019 – Warren’s Spirited Kitchen, Burton, OH

April 26, 2019 – Riverdog, Wakeman, OH – 7:30PM opening for Ray Bonneville.

March 10, 2019 – Beachland Ballroom & Tavern, Cleveland, OH – 8:00 PM (doors open @ 7:00 PM) with special guest The Next Nolan.

October 13, 2018 – Birdfish Brewing Company, Columbiana, OH – 7:00 to 10:00 PM

October 6, 2018 – Riverdog, Wakeman, OH – Opening for Alex Bevan. Details TBA

September 6, 2018 – The Underground Live Music Venue, Dublin, Ireland – opening for Angel and the Rum Bunch – 8:00pm

September 4, 2018 – Whelan’s, Dublin, Ireland – in support of Brent Cobb – 8:00pm

August 1, 2018 – Sibling Revelry Brewery, Westlake, OH – 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

July 21, 2018 – George’s Lounge, Canton, OH – 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM

July 15, 2018 – Beachland Ballroom & Tavern, Cleveland, OH – Opening for Kevin Gordon, 7:00 PM

July 13, 2018 – Warren’s Spirited Kitchen, Burton, OH – 8:30 PM to 11:00 PM

July 6, 2018 – Walk All Over Waterloo at the Waterloo Tower, Cleveland, OH – 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM

July 3, 2018 – Sounds Of Summer Concert Series, Holden Arboretum, Kirtland, OH – 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

June 30, 2018 – Waterloo Arts Fest, Cleveland, OH – 3:30 PM – 4:10 PM

June 23, 2018 – Visible Voice Books, Cleveland, OH – 7:30 PM

June 21, 2018 – Make Music Day, Mentor @ Arrowhead Music, Mentor, OH – 5:00 PM

June 15, 2018 – Spice Acres Farm, Plated Landscape Event, Brecksville, OH – 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

June 1, 2018 – CODA, Cleveland, OH – with Swap Meet/Shawn & Shelby- 9:00 PM.

May 26, 2018 – Early Show @ Brothers Lounge, Cleveland, OH – 6:00 to 8:00 PM

May 20, 2018 – Saint Andrew Sanctuary Concert Series, Mentor, OH – 5:00 to 7:00 PM

May 18, 2018 – The Whiskey Bar,  Cleveland Heights, OH – 9:00 PM to Midnight.

April 27, 2018 – Early Show @ Brothers Lounge, Cleveland, OH – 6:00 to 8:00 PM

April 21, 2018 – HonkyTonk House Concerts, Streetsboro, OH – Opening for Rod Picott 6:00 PM

March 28, 2018 – Beachland Ballroom & Tavern , Cleveland, OH – with Anita Keys & Friends 8:00 PM.

March 16, 2018 – Early Show @ Brother’s Lounge, Cleveland, OH – 6:00 to 8:00 PM

February 24, 2018 – Lake Erie Folk Festival at Shore Cultural Centre, Euclid Ohio. Details to come.

January 27, 2018 – Beachland Ballroom – Tavern Show Opening for The Ragbirds. 8:00 PM

January 13, 2018 – The Earnest Tube Bristol, VA Recording Session.

January 13, 2018 – Bloom Cafe and Listening Room – 606 State St, Bristol, TN 37620 – 8:00 – 10:00 PM

December 19, 2017 – Two Set Tuesday at Brothers Lounge, Cleveland Ohio

October 21, 2017 – The Factory – Daniel Horne & Jenn Crisan Art Studio and Gallery Event at The Landing in Sharon, PA

October 25, 2017 – 10 x 3 Songwriter Night hosted by Brent Kirby at Brothers Lounge

September 27, 2017 – Opened for Maria Muldaur at The Beachland Ballroom Cleveland Ohio

September 29th, 2017 – Andrews Osborne Guest Artist Series. 7:00 – 7:45pm 38588 Mentor Ave, Willoughby, OH 44094

Collinwood Rocks the Summer – at Music Emporium Cleveland Ohio

August 21, 2016 – Beachland Tavern, Cleveland Ohio with Tommy Womack

June 8, 2016 – Beachland Tavern, Cleveland Ohio with Ray Bonneville.

Spice Acres plated landscapes dinner

Painesville Ohio Party in the Park

Lake County Fair, Painesville Ohio

Euclid City Limits, Euclid Ohio

Barking Spider Tavern, Cleveland Ohio on the campus of CWRU

The Players Club at Lost Nation Sports Park

Brent Kirby’s 10 x 3 Songwriter night at Brothers Lounge Cleveland, OH

House Concerts – Cleveland Ohio area



Sands & Hearn, LLC


Sands & Hearn, LLC