Natalie Wlodarczyk (lyrics, lead vocals) and Shannon Stine (lyrics, lead guitar) are the wife-and-wife team that comprise Springfield-based duo, The Shandies. Stine grew up in Springfield, home to a large number of breweries, while Wlodarczyk is originally from Florida, known for its oranges. The band’s name was suggested by a friend who pointed out, “When you mix beer with citrus, you get a shandy.” They describe their sound as a blend of folk-rock, indie-rock, and Americana, but prefer to summarize their music with their official tagline: “fresh-squeezed harmonies.”
The group was formed in 2016. They’d both been playing in other bands but often found themselves harmonizing together at home and eventually decided, “We might as well get paid for it,” Wlodarczyk said with a laugh. They began recording music and booking gigs and have since become a fixture of Springfield’s vibrant live music scene.
“We have a great local music scene in Springfield,” Stine said. “We’re really involved in it. We collaborate sometimes with other local musicians either on recordings or in live shows. It’s just a real nice, tight community and it’s really fun to be a part of that.”
They aren’t interested in being famous. They enjoy making music for the sake of it and are focused on finding their niche of listeners. Wlodarczyk explained, “If we know that even a handful of people are out there listening and really enjoying it and our songs mean something to somebody—that’s what it’s all about for us.”
Their emotionally-charged lyrics and powerful harmonies, coupled with Stine’s unique finger-picking guitar style, create a sound that carries weight, but goes down easy as a shandy. If you’re a first-time listener, The Shandies suggest you start with the first song they co-wrote together, “The Charade,” which also features Roots N Blues Festival alum, Molly Healey, on cello. And to get a taste of Stine’s thumbpicking, check out their cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire.”
Their latest release is an EP called “The Mid-Americana Sound Sessions,” which features standout track “Embers,” “a haunting song about reconciling with the past.” Much of their music has been mastered right here in Columbia, at Centro Cellar Studio with Wil Reeves.
Find their music on Spotify, Apple Music, and all other streaming services, and keep up-to-date with the band’s shows, new releases, and announcements by following them on Instagram (@theshandies) and Facebook (@springfieldshandies).