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Music for a cause that hits close to home

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni, life is pretty unpredictable. But the one thing that remains constant is the duo’s music.

“We’re very lucky to have found a passion that we both share,” Fuzz says during a recent interview. “There’s nothing better than traveling around the country with your loved ones.”

The duo is one-half of the Gypsy-themed quartet Caravan of Thieves. The Connecticut-based quartet, which also includes Ben Dean and Brian Anderson, has been making music for nearly five years. It has shared the stage with Emmylou Harris, Glen Campbell, The Decemberists, Iron and Wine and The Punch Brothers.

Caravan of Thieves
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26
WHERE: Sol at Santa Fe Brewing, 37 Fire Place, Santa Fe
HOW MUCH: $16 at www.brownpapertickets.com or 505-577-8015

But this time around, Caravan of Thieves is going it alone in support of its latest album, “The Funhouse,” which was released in February.

“This album was inspired by all the chaos that goes on in our life,” Carrie explains. “Not that all of the chaos is bad, but we live a pretty spectacular life. And we wanted to make that translate into our new music.”

While the band is on tour for the last part of the year, the couple says Caravan of Thieves is teaming with The National Alliance to End Homelessness.

“We’re calling this tour ‘Homeless for the Holidays’ because we’ll be on the road for nearly four months,” Fuzz says. “It’s a play on words, but we’re also donating some of the proceeds from each date to the organization.”

Fuzz says the band wants to educate the public about homelessness and is offering a song for download on the band’s website, caravanofthieves.com.

Carrie says with today’s economy there are more people who fall into the homeless category than before.

“The organization helps people get into permanent housing,” she explains. “I think that nobody should be homeless, ever, and we’re trying to make people be aware of others outside of themselves. It’s our way of helping out.”

Fuzz says the download on the website right now is called “Priscilla Pumpkin,” and that will be up until November. Then “I Don’t Want Anything for Christmas” will be available around Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

“This is an anti-commercialism song and gets back to what the holidays are all about,” Fuzz says. “It’s about family and friends.”

Carrie says on this tour the band is covering a lot of ground and having fun playing music.

She says that all of the songs tend to be humorous and the live shows are filled with enthusiasm.

“There are messages in our songs, but they aren’t as forward as they should be,” Carrie explains. “We don’t want to come off preachy with the music, but we also want to have the audience hear the message.”




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