Howe Gelb‘s expanded group Giant Giant Sand will be playing their ONLY UK show as a full band at the Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire on Sunday 12 August. This will be an opportunity to see them play the whole new album ‘Tucson‘ as a the rock opera it was intended to be. The full band then heads out to Europe for a series of dates.
Just when you thought Giant Sand couldn’t get any bigger, Howe Gelb has done just that by regrouping, expanding and magnifying his vision with the newest version of Giant Sand, calling it (appropriately enough) GIANT GIANT SAND. As a sort of homage, he’s named the album “Tucson” after the town he’s called home for forty years. This self-described country rock opera by one of music’s leading risk-takers, was released on Fire Records in June.
In GIANT GIANT SAND you will recognize the members all hailing from Denmark who have been a part of Giant Sand for the last 10 years, plus the new string section now added and also the inclusion of stunning pedal steel player Maggie Bjorklund. In addition, you’ll be introduced to the new musicians from Howe Gelb’s native Tucson making their Giant Sand debuts along with long time collaborator Lonna Kelley lending her smoldering warble from Phoenix.
The GIANT GIANT SAND lineup includes Brian Lopez, Gabriel Sullivan and Jon Villa who bring their Mex-Amer-i-can zing to the album with a permeating cumbia style of playing, drawing on South American traditional music. Joining them is a string section from Aarhus, Denmark introduced to the band by Señor Lopez (where coincidentally the rest of Giant Sand are from) including violinist Iris Jakobsen, who, ironically, was born in Tucson.
Tour: GIANT GIANT SAND – TUCSON ROCK OPERA LIVE
12 August – UK, Wilderness Festival
Tour: GIANT GIANT SAND – TUCSON ROCK OPERA live + support BRIAN LOPEZ
13 August – NL, Amsterdam, Paradiso
14 August – AS, Vienna, Arena
15 August – CH, Luzern, Südpol
16 August – DE, München, Feierwerk
17 August – DE, Jena, Kulturarena, Festival
18 August – DE, Reutlingen, Franz K
19 August – CH, Winterthur, Winterthurer Musikfestwochen
20 August – DE, Freiburg, Jazzhaus
21 August – DE, Dresden, Beatpol
22 August – DE, Berlin, Lido
23 August – DE, Hamburg, Knust
24 August – DE, Köln, Kantine
25 August – DE, Frankfurt, Zoom