7/22 - Chicago, IL @ Pritzker Pavillion^
7/24 - St. Louis, MO, @ Off Broadway*
7/25 - Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop*
7/26 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners*
7/27 - Athens, OH @ The Union*
7/28 - Ann Arbor @ The Ark*
^ Free Show
* w/ Danny Barnes
The Handsome Family
The Handsome Family is currently in the middle of a U.S. tour in support of their album Wilderness, out now on Carrot Top Records. They are stopping in Minneapolis at the Cedar Cultural Center with ex-Scissor Girls' Azita …
She did a few songs from last album, Year, which was released last year on Drag City Records, including the previous song, "Passengers", and her set closer "Opening". Making up the rest of her set were songs from 2009's How Will You?, "In The Vicinity" from 2004's Life on the Fly, and a cover of Big Star's "Take Care".
As for the Handsome Family, they are a real-life married couple (Brett and Rennie Sparks), and they play country and western music. Looking over their set, they seem to have little stories that went along with each of their songs. For instance, "The Bottomless Hole" (which started their set), is about finding a hole in their backyard, or "So Much Wine" is about a Christmas event, or "In the Air" is about Rennie's grandmother who is afraid of bridges. It's fun to hear little stories and insights to their songs, which you can only really hear at a live show.
When not singing about stories and events, The Handsome Family seem to have a thing for nature and animals (particularly birds - check out the poster artwork, and their songs Woodpecker and Owls). Although I would confessed I liked the upbeat and funny song called "Octopus", from their latest album, Wilderness. Incidentally, this is also the title of Rennie's book, which I am assuming would make a great companion to the album.
Anyway, check out The Handsome Family on this currently on tour for Wilderness.
The Handsome Family at the Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis (07/19/13)