THE HANDSOME FAMILY PROVIDES THEME SONG FOR NEW HBO DRAMA SERIES ‘TRUE DETECTIVE’ + EUROPEAN TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
“Few placements in music are as coveted as an opening credits slot on an HBO series, especially one as high profile as ‘True Detective’. The new series stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as cops trying to solve a series of ritualized murders, so it stands to reason that producers selected the Handsome Family and its song ‘Far From Any Road’.” – THE LA TIMES
The Handsome Family have taken on the prestigious task of providing the theme song to HBO’s big new drama series, True Detective. Their 2003-released track, Far From Any Road, taken the album Singing Bones, was hand-picked for the role by Oscar-winning producer T Bone Burnett. Watch the True Detective opening credits here:
News of The Handsome Family’s key to world domination coincides with the announcement that the band will be visiting Europe in April & May, taking in shows in Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, UK & Ireland. The band described by Greil Marcus as “the Beatles of the folk world”, will be touring in support of their critically acclaimed 9th studio album, “Wilderness” .
Wild animals, tall tales, and folk-lore from American history populate Wilderness – the latest studio album from New Mexico’s Handsome Family. Recorded at home in Albuquerque and at the Wilco Loft in Chicago it’s a record that found husband & wife duo Brett & Rennie Sparks blending Appalachian holler, psych-rock and Tin Pan Alley inspired melodies to conjure up a world where David Attenborough meets David Lynch in a Honky-Tonk bar at midnight.
The Handsome Family have been feted by the likes of Ringo Starr and covered by artists such as Jeff Tweedy, Cerys Matthews, Christy Moore and Andrew Bird. In a career that spans twenty years they’ve toured the world in their own charmingly DIY fashion – one car, one hotel room, one stage…. night after night after night – and in that time they’ve performed as a duo, with a band and have had onstage collaborations with such folk-royalty as Eliza Carthy, country legend Charlie Louvin and indie-kings like Nick Cave and Jarvis Cocker. In each and every instance they’ve more than held their own, thanks in the main to their songs – a series of unique and wondrous compositions that, as Jeff Tweedy once said, are the “product of two beautiful brains”.
UK/Ireland/Netherlands/Scandinavia Tour April-May 2014
26 Apr STOCKHOLM, Stacken
27 Apr GOTHENBURG, Pustervik
28 Apr AARHUS, Radar
29 Apr COPENHAGEN, Musikcaféen
30 Apr AMSTERDAM, Paradiso
01 May DEVENTER, Burgerweeshuis
02 May HENGELO, Metropoolcafe
03 May DEN HAAG, Paard Von Troje
05 May BELFAST, Black Box
07 May CORK, Crane Lane Theatre
09 May MANCHESTER, Deaf Institute
10 May HEBDEN BRIDGE, Trades Club
11 May SWANSEA, The Garage
12 May BRIGHTON, Komedia
14 May LONDON, 100 Club
16 May NEWBURY, Arlington Arts Centre
Ticket links at http://smarturl.it/hf2014