Love Your Local Band: Andy Fuhrman

Andy Fuhrman wants to write the Santa Cruz theme song. Technically, he already wrote it, but currently it’s a sort of unofficial local theme song. “Santa Cruz Local” takes the melody and some elements of Merle Haggard’s “Okie from Muskogee,” but alters it to be more relatable to Santa Cruz—like the line from the original that says “We don’t smoke marijuana in Muskogee.”

“We’re not living in Muskogee, we’re living in Santa Cruz,” Fuhrman says.

On the contrary, his lyrics center around Santa Cruz’s love of marijuana: “I’m proud to be a Santa Cruz local, the place where we smoke our homegrown weed. We don’t need to go to no dispensary because we grow a whole lot more than we need.”

The song inspires sing-alongs, suggesting it has the popular vote even if it never gets an official nod.

“Everybody loves it,” he says. “There’s no way the Chamber of Commerce is going to take that up, being their song, but just at a grassroots level, I’ve got people singing it,” Fuhrman says.

Fuhrman should know what it means to be a Santa Cruzan. Originally from Coney Island, he moved to Santa Cruz in 1971. He’s played mostly in his room until 2009, when he started playing at Venatella Winery.

Originally, he brought country western covers to the gigs, but his sets have widened to include all sorts of styles. He sometimes even plays with other musicians—he’ll book himself as Andy Fuhrman and his Fabulous Friends.

And then there’s his originals, which are local favorites. He’s even written a few political songs. But as a Brooklyn native, his anti-Trump material is more personal. He recalls all the damage that Fred Trump—Donald’s father—did to his neighborhood when he was growing up.

“It went from a nice lower middle-class neighborhood to a slum just within a decade of my life. Some of it had to do with Fred Trump, with him knocking down existing housing, moving people around,” Fuhrman says. “I guess I have a lot more reason to dislike Trump historically than most people.”

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"...You guys are great a fun band , you had a great choice of songs and it really sounds good. I think this guy should be playing around town more” ....Sleepy John Sandidge, 'Please Stand By' - KPIG 107.5 FM (11/29/15)

 "Super talented! Love the energy and passion Andy brings with his music to Stockwell Cellars winery on Friday nights........ "Suzanne Zeber, Direct to Consumer Manager at Stockwell Cellars, Stockwell Cellars (3/13/16)

"It was a pleasure working with you on the music for our annual GPLA BBQ, which is the 2nd largest event of the year for us, attended by important clients and colleagues from all over the country. This year we had over 50 people in attendance with a lot of diversity ranging from Stanford and Berkeley professors to owners to architects to steel and rebar detailers. Everyone said the music made this the best BBQ ever. The fact that you came over the week before to make sure the logistics and infrastructure were coordinated, came early to set up, and mixed effortlessly with the crowd between sets made our jobs effortless. I think we have established another GPLA tradition because we’ll have to have you at the BBQ every year. I hope you and your bandmates are up for that.".......Greg Luth, President - Gregory P. Luth & Associates, Inc. (7/21/16)

"I love the way you channel Jerry Jeff...nice sound...then right back with John Prine".....Vince Tuzzi, Musician/Entertainer, (11/14/15)

"Everyone enjoyed the music. Your low key and professional presence was the oil in the machinery. It was great that you were able to take so many requests and roll with changing rooms easily"....Russ Rueger, (8/30/16)