The Handsome Family’s Rennie Sparks on how good things can come from the worst gigs
[This article was written by Rennie Sparks of The Handsome Family, whose song "Far from Any Road" was recently used in the opening credits to HBO's "True Detective" series. The article was originally published at Pyragraph, a career & lifestyle magazine for musicians, artists, filmmakers, writers and other creatives.]
Few moments in my career as a musician have been as low as the day we pulled up in front of a liquor store in Wichita, Kansas. It was a dusty building surrounded by cattle feed lots full of forlorn and filthy cows mooing in the heat. The air was oppressive, full of manure and mud. I didn’t want to get out of the car.
I’ve played my share of dives over my 20 years in a band.
Some of these places turned out to be wonderful memories and some not so wonderful, but I’m usually game to see what awaits when we pull up in front of a sketchy looking venue. Something about this place on this day, though, left me hollowed out. Read more »