About Howe Gelb
Howe Gelb is an independent singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer based in Tucson, Arizona. Considered one of the most resilient and inventive American independent artists, Gelb is best known for his role as the leader of rock band Giant Sand, described by The New York Times "a Southwestern band with many lineups and guises centered on his conversational vocals: twangy, mariachi-tinged, jazzy, noisy, trivial, metaphysical.” Said Pitchfork of Gelb: “His work has never acknowledged any borders that might theoretically exist between mariachi waltzes, psychedelic guitar rock, uptown piano jazz, or dusty improvised C&W.“
Gelb and Giant Sand achieved the largest critical and commercial success of their careers in 2000 with the release of their album, Chore of Enchantment. The Thrill Jockey-released album was later included in the 2005 compilation, 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.