Singing Bones

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Singing Bones
Studio album by The Handsome Family
Released 2003
Genre Alternative country
Length 38:36
Label Carrot Top / Loose Music
The Handsome Family chronology
Singing Bones
Last Days of Wonder
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Pitchfork Media 7.4/10 link

Singing Bones is the sixth studio album released by alternative country band The Handsome Family. It was released 2003 by Carrot Top Records (North America) / Loose Music (Europe).

The track "Far From Any Road" has been used as the theme song for HBO's 2014 crime drama True Detective and as opening song for Guns n' Roses' 2014 world tour.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Forgotten Lake" – 3:46
  2. "Gail with the Golden Hair" – 3:16
  3. "24-Hour Store" – 4:52
  4. "The Bottomless Hole" – 3:16
  5. "Far from Any Road" – 2:48
  6. "If the World Should End in Fire" – 1:09
  7. "A Shadow Underneath" – 3:44
  8. "Dry Bones" – 3:16
  9. "Fallen Peaches" – 2:59
  10. "Whitehaven" – 2:46
  11. "Sleepy" – 3:08
  12. "The Song of a Hundred Toads" – 2:28
  13. "If the World Should End in Ice" – 1:08

Liner notes[edit]

All lyrics by Rennie Sparks.
All music by Brett Sparks, except
"Dry Bones" (trad.) inspired by Bascom Lamar Lunsford's 1928 recording.

Brett Sparks sings on all songs.
He also plays all guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums except where noted below.
He plays the musical saw on "24-Hour Store" and pedal steel on "The Forgotten Lake".

Rennie Sparks sings on "The Forgotten Lake", "A Shadow Underneath", "Sleepy", "Whitehaven", "Gail..." and "Far From Any Road".
She plays bass on "The Forgotten Lake", banjo on "Fallen Peaches", as well as Autoharp on "Whitehaven" and "The Song Of A Hundred Toads".

Darrel Sparks plays drums on "The Forgotten Lake" and "Far From Any Road".
He also plays banjo on "Dry Bones" and violin on "Whitehaven".

Dave Gutierrez plays mandolin on "Far From Any Road" and pedal steel on "Sleepy".

Greg Hansen plays dobro on "Dry Bones".

David McChensey plays trumpet on "Far From Any Road".

Jimmy Pontzer play drums on "Gail With The Golden Hair" and "Dry Bones".

Tony Watkins plays bowed bass on "Whitehaven".

This CD was recorded by Brett in our den.
Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering.

Band photo by Ted Jurney.
Back cover photo taken by Brett when we went walking at the edge of town.
All other art was stolen and compiled by Rennie.
Design assistance by Sheila Sachs.

To all our good friends in New Mexico who played on this record and to all people around the world who made it possible for us to devote our lives to writing songs.[1]


  1. ^ cf. Brett & Rennie Sparks (2003): Credits. In Singing Bones [CD booklet]. Chicago: Carrot Top Records.

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