If you know bluegrass, you know Larry Sparks.
Within the realm of major bluegrass stylists, Larry Sparks is one of the
few musicians who have created a distinctive sound while remaining true to
the traditions of bluegrass music.
Sparks will bring this sound to the Laurel Theatre on Friday at 8 p.m.
He began his career at the top of his profession when he worked with the
Stanley Brothers and Ralph Stanley during the late 1960s. He formed the
Lonesome Ramblers in 1969, and began a recording career that has produced
many albums and has established Sparks as one of the top names in
Sparks' style of singing and playing are among the most copied in
bluegrass. Based on solid rhythms with driving support from the Lonesome
Ramblers, his guitar playing is legendary for hot solos and "lonesome"
instrumentals. Sparks' singing has earned him the reputation of "the most
soulful voice in bluegrass."
Since the birth of bluegrass festivals in 1966, Sparks and the Lonesome
Ramblers have been across the country during the summer months, playing
festivals and outdoor shows. During the winter months, the band focuses on
a full schedule of college tours and other indoor shows.
Sparks' shows are a lively event sure to please any and all fans of
Tickets for the show are available at Cat's Music, the Disc Exchange and
McKay's Used Books. For more information, contact the Laurel Theatre at
Laurel Theatre is located at 1538 Laurel Avenue, on the corner of Laurel
Avenue and 16th Street in Fort Sanders.
Bluegrass legend to play in Knoxville
Published: Wed Oct 20, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:00 p.m.