Monday, August 20, 2012

Rennie Sparks (The Handsome Family): Profiles from the Illustrations

Rennie Sparks, 2012. By Travis Simpkins

     Rennie Sparks formed the band, The Handsome Family with her husband Brett in 1993. Brett writes the music to go along with the haunting lyrics written by Rennie. Her writing is somewhat in the tradition of folk storytelling. Some of the songs are Gothic, others are ballads, and others still focus on historical characters (Nikola Tesla, Amelia Earhart, Robert Wadlow...).  Her enchanting words and beautiful voice paired with her husband's musical gifts create an unforgettable, unique sound. Rennie also writes fiction and paints, an all around great artist. Her short stories are brilliant and her paintings are unique and surreal.

The Handsome Family- "So Much Wine"
The Handsome Family- "Giant of Illinois"
The Handsome Family- "Tesla's Hotel Room"
The Handsome Family- "Flapping Your Broken Wings"
The Handsome Family- "Fallen Peaches"
The Handsome Family, 2012. By Travis Simpkins
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