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Giant Sand
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Giant Sand performing in Faenza, Italy in 2006
Background information
Also known asGiant Sandworms, Giant Giant Sand
Origin Tucson, Arizona
Genres Alternative rock, americana, roots rock, alternative country
Years active1985–present
Labels Fire Records (UK) / Loose Music
Members Howe Gelb
Thøger T. Lund
Anders Pedersen
Peter Dombernowsky
Nicolaj Heyman
Brian Lopez
Gabriel Sullivan
Jon Villa
Iris Jakobsen
Asger Christensen
Maggie Björklund
Lonna Kelley
Past members John Convertino
Joey Burns
Rainer Ptacek
Chris Cacavas
Paula Jean Brown
Tom Larkins
Iain Shedden
Andrew Collberg
Billy Sedlmayr

Giant Sand is an American musical group from Tucson, Arizona, United States. [1] Its most constant member is singer-songwriter Howe Gelb. [1] The group started as Giant Sandworms in the late 1970s post-punk and paisley underground scenes. [1] They later shortened their name and developed an idiosyncratic sound rooted in alternative country, but touching on a wide range of other styles and featuring Gelb's beatnik-influenced vocals and songwriting. [2] Since about 2012, they have also performed as Giant Giant Sand when featuring a larger ensemble than their traditional four to six musicians.


Members have included keyboardist Chris Cacavas (of Green on Red), [3] bassist Paula Jean Brown (who was briefly a member of The Go-Go's and was married to Gelb at the time), [4] Mark Walton (of The Dream Syndicate and Continental Drifters), drummer Tom Larkins (later to become a Jonathan Richman sideman), [5] and Iain Shedden, drummer with Australian band The Saints. For a long while the band's rhythm section consisted of John Convertino and Joey Burns (of Calexico fame). In the early 2000s Howe Gelb reinvented the band again – this time with players from Denmark.

Guest artists over the last three decades have included Victoria Williams, Neko Case, Juliana Hatfield, PJ Harvey, Vic Chesnutt, Steve Wynn, Vicki Peterson, Rainer Ptacek, M. Ward, Isobel Campbell, nearly all members of the band Poi Dog Pondering, and Indiosa Patsy Jean (Gelb and Brown's daughter). [6]


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