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

bluegrass.

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

bluegrass music.

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

522-5851.

Laurel Theatre is located at 1538 Laurel Avenue, on the corner of Laurel

Avenue and 16th Street in Fort Sanders.