The Black Sands

Johnny Janiga: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric) | Jenny Merullo: Drums | Tim Felten: Keyboards | David Lowie: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric) | Josh Rice: Keyboards, Piano | Jon Bleyer: undetermined | Heather Marie Janiga: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals | Alfred Howard: Vocals

Genre: Rock

RIYL: The Fire Eaters, Stevie and the Hi-Staxx, the Heavy Guilt, Podunk Nowhere, Mudgrass

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Inception: San Diego, 2011

Influences: Podunk Nowhere, the Heavy Guilt, Wilco, Ryan Adams, Bon Iver, Gillian Welch, Radiohead, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Mazzy Star, Can, Ray Charles, Hank Williams, Townes Van Zandt, the Beatles, Tom Waits, M Ward, Bright Eyes, Otis Redding, Booker T and the MGs, Silver Mt Zion, Vic Chesnutt, Alan Ginsberb, David Bowie, Patti Smith, Elliot Smith,


Orchestrated by Alfred Howard, members of Podunk Nowhere and the Heavy Guilt merged in early 2011, to form the gritty Americana band Black Sands. The group includes Howard along with Heather Marie Janiga and Johnny Janiga (Podunk Nowhere), Jenny Merullo (the Heavy Guilt, French Kiss Koma), Tim Felten (the Fire Eaters, Stevie and the Hi-Stax, Genius of Soul), David Lowie (Mudgrass), Josh Rice (the Heavy Guilt), and Jon Bleyer.

Heather Marie Janiga describes them as “a band which embodies the brooding poetry of love and its opposite, and a soundscape that takes ambient new roads through Americana.” In August 2012, the band won Best Rock Album at the San Diego Music Awards.


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