I don’t think I’ve played ANY album more this year than Giant Giant Sand’s Tucson: A Country Rock Opera. Country rock is exactly how it sounds…only without the opera. Imagine a Tom Waits / Johnny Cash lovechild record and you’d be halfway there. Howe Gelb is a legend. Lonna Kelley’s sporadic vocal turns gently blow the latter half of the record into ‘audiophile music’ territory. Fans of Krall/Barber would be enamoured.
Check out ‘Detained’ from the album here and Lonna Kelley playing live with Giant Sand (just prior to the line-up and band name expansion) here.
In early October I caught Giant Giant Sand live at Mississippi Studios (great venue) in Portland, OR and I’ve penned a review of what went down for Issue #50 of TONEAudio.
Go here to download your FREE .pdf. The Giant Giant Sand piece starts on P16.