Howe Gelb

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Howe Gelb
Howe Gelb 2007.jpg
Howe Gelb performing in 2007
Background information
Birth name Howard Gelb
Born 1956
Scranton, PA
Origin Tucson, Arizona, United States
Genres Indie rock, Americana,, roots rock, indie folk, folk-rock, lo-fi
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician, record producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Labels Ow Om, Loose Music
Associated acts Giant Sand, KT Tunstall
The Band of Blacky Ranchette
Arizona Amp and Alternator

Howe Gelb is an American singer-songwriter, musician and record producer based in Tucson, Arizona.


Howe Gelb at Aarhus Festival, Denmark (2015)
Photo Hreinn Gudlaugsson

Gelb's approach to music is collaborative and he has recorded with a number of side projects. In a 2004 interview with Gelb, The Guardian wrote "Gelb's way of dealing with it was to treat Giant Sand (not to be confused with his 1970s electro-rock band Giant Sandworms) as a loose, uncompetitive, mutually supportive musical collective, a place for friends to hang out and play. 'I just liked the idea of having this kind of removed world, this brotherhood—the idea of a band being something more than a front person or dealing with the throes of fame.'"[1] In a 2006 interview, Gelb said "Sno Angel is now the name of this project. Like you had Arizona Amp, OP8 and all those other ones. So the way I regulate them is to keep them with their own flavour, and if this takes on a life of its own...which this may well will make time for itself. I ain't got no plans, I never even thought we'd get to tour, but it had its own idea."[2]

In 2013, he worked with the Scottish singer/songwriter KT Tunstall on her fifth studio album Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon. He co-wrote and co-produced, and sang on several songs. His own solo album entitled The Coincidentalist was released on New West Records in November 2013.


Photos: Hreinn Gudlaugsson


Giant Sand[edit]

  • Valley of Rain (1985)
  • Ballad of a Thin Line Man (1986)
  • Storm (1987)
  • The Love Songs (1988)
  • Long Stem Rant (1989)
  • Swerve (1990)
  • Ramp (1991)
  • Center of the Universe (1992)
  • Stromausfall (1993)
  • Purge & Slouch (1994)
  • Glum (1994)
  • Goods and Services (1995)
  • Backyard Barbecue Broadcast (1995)
  • Build Your Own Night It's Easy (1997)
  • Chore of Enchantment (2000)
  • The Rock Opera Years (2000)
  • Unsungglum (2001)
  • Cover Magazine (2002)
  • Selections Circa 1990-2000 (Compilation, 2001)
  • Infiltration of Dreams (2003)
  • Too Many Spare Parts in the Yard Too Close at Hand (2003)
  • Is All Over the Map (2004)
  • Provisions (2008)
  • Provisional Supplement (2008)
  • Blurry Blue Mountain (2010)
  • Tucson (2012)
  • Heartbreak Pass (2015)

Arizona Amp and Alternator[edit]

Howe Gelb[edit]

  • Dreaded Brown Recluse (1991)
  • Hisser (1998)
  • Upside Down Home (1998)
  • Upside Down Home 2000 (2000)
  • Confluence (2001)
  • Lull Some Piano (2001)
  • The Listener (2003)
  • Upside Down Home 2002 (2003)
  • Ogle Some Piano (2004)
  • The Listener's Coffee Companion (2004)
  • Upside Down Home 2004: Year of the Monkey (2004)
  • 'Sno Angel Like You (2006)
  • Fourcast: Flurries (2006)
  • Upside Down Home 2007: Return to San Pedro (2007)
  • Spun Some Piano (2008)
  • 'Sno Angel Winging It (Live album) (2009)
  • Alegrías (2010)
  • Melted Wires (2010)
  • Snarl Some Piano (2011)
  • Dust Bowl (2013)
  • The Coincidentalist (2013)
  • Future Standards (2016)

The Band of Blacky Ranchette[edit]



  • Drunken Bees (1996) – Giant Sand documentary by Marianne Dissard
  • Looking for a Thrill: An Anthology of Inspiration (2005) – Howe Gelb interviewed
  • High and Dry: Where the Desert Meets Rock and Roll (2006) – documentary which includes music and interviews with Giant Sand members[3]
  • This Band Has No Members (2006) – Howe Gelb solo concert film of his Japan tour in 2005
  • Ingenious (2009) - feature film soundtrack


  1. ^ Sylvie Simmons (September 2004). "True Grit". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  2. ^ Frankerton Stance (May 2006). "Howe Gelb". Crooked Rain. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  3. ^

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