Low’s Alan Sparhawk On The Kinship With Canadians

From The Chronicle-Herald:

Minnesota native Low’s Alan Sparhawk makes his third visit to Halifax this week, and he’s noticed some similarities between the city and his hometown of Duluth.

Sandwiched between the prairie and the the westernmost point of Lake Superior, Duluth has done plenty of pop culture duty as Bob Dylan’s birthplace. But the city has also nurtured the dreamy, contemplative sounds created by Sparhawk, his wife Mimi Parker and drummer-keyboardist Matt Livingston.

“Mimi and I grew up right at the edge, where it’s kind of swampy and full of woods, sort of where the prairie begins,” says Sparhawk, who joins his bandmates Friday night at Fort Massey United Church, with Black Walls and visuals by James Gauvreau.

“There’s a bit of a buffer zone between the Canadian prairie and Duluth, which feels like it’s on the edge of an ocean because the lake’s so big the horizon just disappears.

“To me, that’s a very significant thing. When we go to other cities I kind of miss that giant anchor; it’s like having a wall to lean against. And the winter’s this harsh season with tons of isolation and time spent indoors hiding from the darkness. We grew up pretty rural and backwoods, feeling like you’re out on the edge of where everybody else is. That can be hard to explain to someone, although not necessarily to a Canadian.”