Howe Gelb long has been saddled with such titles as “godfather of alt-country” and “elder ambassador of desert rock.” In three decades he’s managed to mash elements of rock, country, blues, punk, garage, lo-fi, jazz, gospel, avant-garde noise and flamenco gypsy music. He’s collected bands in Denmark, Spain and one with a full gospel choir attached in Canada, but they call his music Americana anyway. Giant Sand emerged in 1983 and released that group’s debut album, Valley of Rain in 1985. In the 25 years since, he has released an estimated 40 albums or so, it’s too difficult to count the exact numer. When Giant Sand was in town recently, they took the time to stop by Studio1a to record a live session and you can hear it RIGHt HERE!
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