Howe Gelb plays Whelan’s on Thursday May 24th & we’ve a couple of tickets for you to win.
For 27 years Howe Gelb has uncompromisingly ploughed his own furrow blending his south western roots with lo-fi, country, jazz, and punk to create an ever-evolving and genre-defying career that in addition to 24 Giant Sand albums also includes three solo piano instrumental collections, a rake of grunge sludge and two collaborations with a gospel choir along with collaborations with PJ Harvey and with Lisa Germano as OP8. Inaccurately yet affectionately dubbed the Godfather of Alt. Country by the British press Gelb says he’s more comfortable with the term ‘erosion rock’ and is happy to be thought of as a cult figure along with the creative freedom that brings. “Giant Sand is a mood” he once said in an attempt to explain his dizzingly prolific and humblingly eclectic output.
His new album, entitled “Tucson” being released June 11, 2012, on Fire Records is a country rock opera with an expanded version of his old band now called GIANT GIANT SAND, and includes 6 members from Arizona and 6 from Denmark. It features 19 tracks set in an imposing time of history (now) in any town (Tucson) when freedom of the heart and mind deal with the ramifications of a world ending.
Whelanslive presents Howe Gelb(Giant Sand/OP8) Thursday May 24th Whelans Of Wexford St