Howe Gelb

It took singer/songwriter Howe Gelb nearly 20 years to receive the type of attention upstart indie rockers routinely obtain by their second album. During those two decades, Gelb released an abundance of material at the helm of his group, Giant Sand, presenting a highly original take on Southwestern roots and garage rock. He rarely stepped off his wayward musical course and onto even ground for any length of time. Combine this with inadequate promotion and distribution from a number of independent labels, and Gelb was ensured regrettable obscurity. By the late '90s, however, people finally began to take notice of a group of musicians gathering in Tucson, Arizona. Gelb and Giant Sand had spawned a number of side projects including OP8 (Giant Sand plus Lisa Germano), Calexico, and the Friends of Dean Martinez. Gelb received the biggest critical and commercial success of his career with his Chore of Enchantment album in 2000.