WHITESANDS PANHANDLE BAND
From the panhandle of Florida comes one of the hottest bands in the bluegrass and rockabilly world, The Whitesands Panhandle Band. Whitesands was formed by Brad Hanssen in 1979. Many outstanding members have been a part of Whitesands over the years, but hard-driving instrumentals and great singing remain the cornerstone of the band. Whitesands has been influenced by many great bands, with the hard driving sound of the Front Porch String Band and amazing vocals of Doyle Lawson and Seldom Scene being some of them. Whitesands has notable accomplishments, including winning first place in the Florida State Bluegrass contest, which helped Whitesands to launch its popularity and recognition as a serious entertainer. Whitesands has played at many of the leading festivals along the east coast and in the west throughout Texas and Missouri. Whitesands has published six albums since its inception, has toured extensively since 1992, and built a sizable following of fans.
Recently, Whitesands added lead vocalist and guitarist, Tim Baldwin, a Pensacola native and powerful vocalist. Tim has lifelong music experience, starting as a young boy singing in church and into adulthood as a lead singer for a southern gospel group and worship pastor. Whitesands’ current lineup consists of Brad Hanssen on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and vocals; Don Lopez on bass guitar and harmony vocals; Mike Feldman presenting the harmonica; and Rick Barlow holding down the percussion.
Whitesands showcased at International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) in 2001 and released their most recent album, Live at the Imogene Theater, recorded in Milton, FL. The album has well received and displays the evolution of Whitesands’ hot, hard-hitting rockabilly and bluegrass sound. Whitesands is currently working in the studio and plans to release new albums in 2020.
Their strong vocals, powerful instrumentation and energetic performances keep audiences excited, engaged and wanting more. Whitesands’ mixture of traditional and new styles of acoustic music has added new fans to the audiences of bluegrass and country music festivals across America.