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Thursday 16 January 2014
Operating out of Tuscon, Arizona there have been many members over the years with the constant main man being Howe Gelb - a kind of American The Fall if you will.
Here on 1986's Ballad of a Thin Line Man he is joined by Scott Garber on bass, Tom Larkins on drums and his then wife Paula Jean Brown on vocals and guitar (another Fall comparison).
John Convertino and Joey Burns of Calexico fame feature later on in the Giant Sand story.
You are getting one of Howe's own compositions plus a quite magnificent version of the Johnny Thunders classic.
I once offered to buy Howe a pint in the 13th Note in Glasgow which he politely declined - such is the rock 'n' roll lifestyle
Giant Sand - Thin Line Man
Giant Sand - You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory