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Giant Giant Sand live in Portland, Oregon

  • 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.

    John H. Darko

    Written by John H. Darko

    John is the editor of Darko.Audio, from whose ad revenues he derives an income. He is an occasional contributor to 6moons but has previously written pieces for TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile. John used to live in Sydney. Now he lives in Berlin.

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