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The Handsome Family

August 6, 2014 @ 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm

| Free
Sponsor: Century Link
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New Mexico’s The Handsome Family is a 20-year songwriting collaboration between husband and wife, Brett (music) and Rennie Sparks (words). Their lyrics and music are very intense, highly descriptive and full of meticulously-researched narrative and exhilarating musical re-imaginings of everything from Appalachian holler, psychedelic rock, Tin Pan Alley and medieval ballad. Of course you don’t have to be a music historian to love these songs. They are full of romantic longing for nature’s mysterious beauty and the tiny wonders of everyday life.

The track “Far From Any Road,” from the album Singing Bones, was recently selected as the theme song for HBO’s 2014 crime drama True Detective by the show’s music director, T Bone Burnett.

This is music that moves forward by turning the clock back— haunting, primal and strangely heroic—THE LONDON TIMES


The Handsome Family’s greatest gift lies in its tremendous talent for painting vivid, sometimes terrifying pictures with every word — NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO


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