WXPN Radio

The premier guide for new and significant artists in rock, blues, and folk - including NPR-syndicated World Cafe ®

Jingle Jams

Jingle Jams. An eclectic assortment of holiday tunes, from the new and quirky to the classic.

World Cafe Archives

Join David Dye as he navigates the World Cafe through performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

XPoNential Radio

24/7 Musical discovery. A unique mix of emerging and heritage blues, rock, world, folk, and alt-country artists.
Listen Live

The Handsome Family

The Handsome Family Photo by Jason Creps
The Wilderness Inspires New Album And Book From The Handsome Family

July 22, 2013 - Husband and Wife Brett and Rennie Sparks have been creating their unique musical world together since the 1990’s. Brett sings and writes the melodies and Rennie is the lyricist.

The songs always seem to be mythical. Ghost stories and murder ballads abound. After years centered in Chicago, where Wilco were major boosters of the duo, they now live in Albuquerque.

Their new project is expansive and ambitious in the pair’s own home made way. The welcome new album is called Wilderness. Rennie Sparks is also a fiction writer and artist and she has created an accompanying book of essays and illustrations of the same name. The stories and songs are all triggered by animals. Sometimes the essays relate to the songs, but just as often they veer off in wonderfully creative ways.
LISTEN TO THE SESSION
Listen to the session at WorldCafe.NPR.org!


Website | Facebook

Session Setlist
OCTOPUS
OWLS
WOODPECKER

Recent Release: Wilderness
Release Date: May 14, 2013
Label: Carrot Top Records

More in this category: « Bebel Gilberto Bombino »
GoogleNews