Giant Sand member and solo artist in his own right has ambitious plans.
By Fred Mills
We are huge fans of Gabriel Sullivan, of Tucson, AZ, a member of Giant Giant Sand and bandleader of his own solo group, Gabriel Sullivan & Taraf de Tucson (whom we saw last month in Austin at the official Tucson SXSW showcase and were properly blown away by the group’s spaghetti-twang and Latino-rock brand of psychedelic Americana). Gabe just dropped us a note: “I just put up a Kickstarter for my next record… tryin’ to go out to Denmark ‘n’ record an album with the Danish boys of Giant Sand.”
If you’ve read BLURT over the past few years, you may have spotted some of our Sullivan coverage, including a 2009 interview (“By The Father’s Son”) and a review of last year’s None of This Is Mine album. Our SXSW report is en route shortly, by the way. So consider those advance endorsements as reason to consider pledging to the dude’s Kickstarter campaign.
At Sullivan’s Kickstarter page, he writes: “I have recorded all of my music up to now in Tucson, AZ. Over the last few years I have spent a lot of time traveling the world with many different musicians, including the Danish conglomeration of Giant Sand. Over the tours, the Danish boys (aka The DeSoto Caucus) and I have developed a familiar and dynamic sonic relationship. It only made perfect sense that I needed to find the means to do an album with these guys.
“With the help of this Kickstarter, I will have the funds to travel to Denmark and spend a weeks time recording in Nikolaj of DeSoto Caucus’ studio just outside Aarhus, DK. Once the initial tracking of the record is done in Denmark, I will bring it home to add a sterling cast of Tucson musicians, as well as to mix the record.”