… and exciting for us. But for the listener might have to be 2 separate sets with some overlap sitting in.» Thanks for the heads-up and we do like “primitive”. In the true sense, that is. Listeners, we reckon you are familiar by now with country rocker, great partner to many and Gentleman Howe Gelb (Giant Sand, Arizona Amp and Alternator, solo and a corral full of collaborators) due to his numerous pit stops here. If the answer’s a resounding huh? all is not lost. Tonight you can take another gander at the man. And this time around in female company.
The BBC hailed Iowan Pieta Brown “A self-styled poetess, folk goddess and country waif, her music resonates with seductive simplicity and lyrical grace.” She’s been seen in illustrious company on stage (Emmy Lou Harris, JJ Cale, Neko Case, Richard Thompson, Mark Knopfler) and at major festivals like Bonnaroo and Mountain Jam. Her current album is the much praised and gorgeous “Postcards”, the concept coming to her while lounging in a variety of hotel rooms. The cards are musical in nature and digitally postmarked to friends and fellow artists, mainly Mark Knopfler, Calexico, Mason Jennings, David Lindley, Carrie Rodriguez, Caitlin Canty, and The Pines, among others. Accompanied with her simple wish to ‘please write back’. «These postcards are about connecting and openness» explains Pieta. “But one of the sparks for this project was talking to so many musicians who are dealing with the way the music business has been shape-shifting lately. From people with very successful careers to more underground indie artists just trying to pay the bills, everyone seems to be dealing with this sense of ‘How do we do this?’ and looking for their own answers. I was hoping through experimenting with musical collaborations to keep the conversations going.” Roots were discovered anew, team work snowballed. But honestly, who wouldn’t want to ride with all that talent and beauty?
Howe & Pieta live tonight at El Lokal. Come overlapped or by yourself.