Chanteur Bluegrass US n le 15 Septembre 1947 Lebanon (Ohio).

Larry Sparks has said that he's the youngest old-timer around, and the self-description is an apt one. Emerging from the Stanley Brothers' Clinch Mountain Boys band, Sparks carried on with the sounds created by bluegrass music's first generation. His style was no knockoff, however; it had a distinctively bluesy tinge anchored by Sparks' own guitar, a comparatively unusual lead instrument in bluegrass, where the triad of mandolin, banjo, and fiddle had defined the musical texture since the genre's early days.
Sparks grew up in Lebanon, OH, in the southwestern part of the state that has produced several other top bluegrass artists. His parents came from Appalachian Kentucky, and one of his grandfathers was a fiddle contest champion. Sparks heard Cincinnati country star Wayne Raney on the radio when he was young and learned to play the guitar. His skills put him in demand not only for bluegrass but also for country and rock bands while he was in high school, but after sitting in as lead guitarist with the Stanley Brothers as they toured Ohio in 1964, bluegrass took first place among his musical interests. Sparks played increasingly often with the Stanley Brothers and made his recording debut in 1965 on a small Dayton, OH label. He spent three years as lead vocalist with Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys after Carter Stanley's death at age 41 in December 1966.
Around 1970, Sparks formed his own band, the Lonesome Ramblers, and it's a rare bluegrass festival or concert series that hasn't played host to Sparks multiple times in the years since. Numerous younger bluegrass players have passed through the Lonesome Ramblers or appeared on Sparks' many recordings, Ricky Skaggs and fiddler Stuart Duncan being only two of the best-known examples. Sparks recorded for various labels in the '70s and early '80s, moving to Rebel in 1982 for the Dark Hollow LP. It wasp the first in a long string of recordings that sold steadily and won critical acclaim; most of Sparks' Rebel catalog remained in print in the early 2000s.
Along the way, Sparks made several songs into bluegrass standards. He unearthed an obscure folk-rock composition by Lawrence Hammond entitled "John Deere Tractor" and turned it into a perennial anthem of discontented rural folk adrift in the big city; the cover of the song by the Judds on their Love Can Build a Bridge album of 1990 was likely traceable to Sparks' own numerous performances. The Stanley Brothers' "Goin' Up Home (To Live in Green Pastures)" was one of several gospel pieces that every parking-lot pickup band wanted to learn after hearing Sparks sing it, and Sparks tended to focus on gospel in his own numerous compositions as well.
Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers barely slowed down in the 1990s, releasing several albums over the course of the decade, and 2003's The Coldest Part of Winter showed him in undiminished form. Sparks released Last Suit You Wear in 2007. Recorded primarily with his road band, the Lonesome Ramblers, Almost Home appeared in 2011.

Talents : Singer, Guitar

Style musical : Bluegrass

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10



1970 SP PINE TREE PT 104 (US) Larry SPARKS & The LONESOME RAMBLERS - A House Divided / Loving Sweetheart
1971 SP PINE TREE PT-107 (US) Larry SPARKS & The LONESOME RAMBLERS - Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain / Kentucky Chimes
01/1973 SP STARDAY 45-957 (US) Larry SPARKS & The LONESOME RAMBLERS - Brand New Broken Heart / Kentucky Chimes
1973 SP OLD HOMESTEAD 45-5010 (US) Larry SPARKS & The LONESOME RAMBLERS - Thank You Lord / This World Is Not My Home
1974 SP OLD HOMESTEAD 45-5030 (US) Larry SPARKS & The LONESOME RAMBLERS - Where The Sweet Waters Flow / I'll Meet Him There
1974 SP OLD HOMESTEAD 45-5034 (US) These Old Blues / This Lonesome Old Feeling
1975 SP KING BLUEGRASS KB-413 (US) Smoky Mountain Memories / Lonesome Blues


1972 LP 12" STARDAY S 480 (mono) / SLP 480 (stereo) (US) RAMBLIN' BLUEGRASS - Dark Hollow / Memories And Dreams / Goodbye Little Darlin' / Too Much Mountain Dew / Kentucky Chimes / Just Loving You / Brand New Broken Heart / Long Journey Home / This Lonesome Old Feelin' / Faded Love / Life Of Sorrow / Kentucky Banjo
1976 LP 12" OLD HOMESTEAD ? (US) THANK YOU LORD - Thank You Lord / Where We'll Never Say Farewell / King Jesus (Call Him By His Name) / Weeping Willow Tree / Jascob's Vision / God Shall Wipe Away All Tears / I've Just Seen The Rock Of Ages / Traveling The Highway / Home / I'll Meet You In The Morning / Sunny Side (inst.) / You're Drifting Away / I'm Gonna Sing, Sing, Sing
1977 LP 12" REBEL ? (US) LARRY SPARKS SINGS HANK WILLIAMS - No One Will Ever Know / Dixie Cannonball / Someday You'll Call My Name / I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry / Battle Of Armegeddon / Waltz Of The Wind / Singing Waterfall / Mind Your Own Business / My Heart Would Know / I Saw The Light / Mansion On The Hill / Blue Love
1980 LP 12" REBEL ? (US) JOHN DEERE TRACTOR - John Deere Tractor / Girl At The Crossroads Bar / Hot Sauce / I'd Rather Be Alone / Great High Mountain / Love Of The Mountains / Making Believe / Nobody's Business / When I Lay My Burdens Down / Carter's Blues
1989 CD REBEL 1107 (US) CLASSIC BLUEGRASS - Tennessee 1949 / Kentucky Girl / John Deere Tractor / Love Of The Mountains / A Face In The Crowd / Just Lovin' You / Six More Miles / Cannonball Blues / Smoky Mountain Memories / Roving Gambler / You Could Have Called / Don't Neglect The Rose / Great High Mountain / Blue Love / Too Late To Walk The Floor / Waltz Of The Wind / Girl At The Crossroads Bar / Blue Virginia Blues
1991 CD REBEL 1654 (US) SILVER REFLECTIONS - Tennessee 1949 / Kentucky Girl / Please Don't Wake Me / Richmond / Don't Neglect The Rose / You're The Girl Of My Dreams / I'd Like To Be Train / Natural Thing To Do / I Wonder Why You Said Goodbye / Blue Virginia Blues / Old Faded Picture / Cruisin' Timber
1992 CD REBEL 1700 (US) TRAVELIN' - Takin' A Slow Train / Wheeling / A Little Ways Down The Road / Chuck In The Bush / Goin' Up Home To Live In Green Pastures / You'll Forget / Do You Wonder Why? / Heart Trouble / Halfway To Tulsa / I've Just Seen The Rock Of Ages / Sally Ann / Pan American
04/1994 CD REBEL 1710 (US) THE ROCK IS STAND ON - The Rock I Stand On / Tell 'Em About Jesus / Green Pastures In The Sky / An Empty Mansion / I'm On My Way To Canaan's Land / Thank You, Lord / Where Shall I Be / My Lord / Mama's Songs / The Old Rugged Cross / Jesus Is The Rock / Memories
08/1996 CD REBEL 1726 (US)
BLUE MOUNTAIN MEMORIES - Digging In The Ground / Blue Mountain Memories / Last Day At Gettysburg / Jesus Is Waiting For Me / Ramblin Pickin' / Getting Over You / Don't Know Why / Thinking Right / Gospel Train / Willie Roy The Cripple Boy / Danny Boy / Stone Wall
10/1997 CD REBEL 1745 (US) CHRISTMAS IN THE HILL - Christmas Time's A Coming / The Birthday Of Our King / White Christmas / Christmas In The Mountains / Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem / Away In A Manger / Christmas Is Near / Blue Christmas / Joy To The World / Christmas Memories / Go Tell It On The Mountain / It's Christmas Time
02/1998 CD MOUNTAIN HOME 656 (US) NEW HIGHWAY - New Highway / Gotta Move / Mr. Jesus / Hold On To Your Dreams / Blood Stains On The Cross / Jesus Walks Ahead Of Me / Just A Closer Walk With Thee / When The Savior Reached Down For Me / I Wasn't There / The Old Love Letter
10/2000 CD REBEL 1756 (US) SPECIAL DELIVERY - Coleen Malone / Timberline / Lovin' On Borrowed Time / Ghost Stories / Be Nobody's Darling But Mine / Around The Carousel / California Zephyr / I'm Moving / Richmond County / San Antonio Rose / The Undelivered Message / Snow Covered Mound
2001 CD CROSSCUT ? (US) I WANT TO BE LIKE JESUS - I Want To Be Like Jesus/ Bible Ben / Little White Frame Church / I Will Not Be Denied / I Just Want To thank You Lord / What A Wonderful savior Is He / His Name Was Judas / Soul Train / What Kind Of Man Jesus Is / Going Home / Better Farther On / A King For Me
2002 CD CROSSCUT ? (US) LIVE ON THE ROAD VOL. 1 - Kentucky Banjo (Instr.) / Kentucky Girl / John Deere Tractor / Natural Thing To Do / Kentucky Chimes (Instr.) / Gonna Be Movin' / Imitation Of The Blues / Carter's Blues / Love Of The Mountains / Are You My Flower / Girl At The Crossroad Bar / When My Time Comes To Go
2002 CD CROSSCUT ? (US) LIVE ON THE ROAD VOL. 2 - Sleep With One Eye Open / Smoky Mountain Memories / Bugle Call Rag (Instr.) / Alone And Lonesome / Cannonball Blues (guitar solo) / Green Pastures In The Sky / Goodbye Little Darlin' / The Old Plantation / Katie Hill (Instr.) / Doin' My Time / Let Him Lead You / Fiddle Pickin' (Instr.)
08/2002 CD REBEL 7502 (US) OLD CHURCH YARD - The Old Church Yard / Ship From The King's Harbor Shore / He's Everything To Me / I've Just Seen The Rock Of Ages / Mother How I Miss You / Wandering Soul / The Testing Times / I Want To See Him Smile / Jesus Is All That I Need / Everything's Alright / Family Bible / I Shall Not Be Moved
02/2003 CD REBEL 1786 (US) THE COLDEST PART OF WINTER - Leavin' Me / You Ain't Lived / This Old Road / Winter In Miami / Parkway Blues / Let's Turn Back The Clock / Kentucky Moon / He Walked All The Way Home / Our Old Home / Shenanooah Moon / Soldier's Joy / Lord, Show Me The Way
03/2005 CD REBEL 1806 (US) 40 - Georgia Peaches / City Folks Call Us Poor / John Deere Tractor / Blues Stay Away From Me / 1-800-DO-U-CARE / Where The Sweet Water Flows / Tennessee 1949 / I Need Jesus / Sharecropper's Son / Love Please Stay / Listening To The Wind / I Want You To Meet My Friend / Carter's Blues / It's Too Late To Walk The Floor / Brand New Broken Heart / New Highway
05/2007 CD MCCOURY MUSIC 0004 (US) THE LAST SUIT YOU WEAR - The Old Coal Mine / Casualty Of War / For Your Love / Lazarus And The Rich Man / I'm Country And Nothing More / Pretty Girls / The Last Suit You Wear / Goodbye Little Darlin' / Follow The Star / Larro / Hand In Hand / Those Blue Eyes Don't Sparkle Anymore

Rocky Productions 11/11/2018