Larry Sparks is set to release his new, all-Gospel CD, I Don’t Regret A Mile, on March 27.
After his last two critically-acclaimed projects, 40 and The Last Suit You Wear – both of which featured Larry with a great many guest studio performers – he has decided to create an album with his touring band, The Lonesome Ramblers.
“I thought it would be best to go back to my road band for this album. I did use Ronnie Stewart on two songs, but I really like to have the same sound on stage and on the recordings. That is very important to me.”
The current edition of The Lonesome Ramblers includes Michael Feagon on fiddle and harmony vocals, Jackie Kincaid on mandolin and tenor vocals, Josh McMurray on banjo, Larry D. Sparks on bass, and Larry on guitar and lead vocals.
Another change this time around regards the label. Sparks has formed his own, Sparks Music, to release I Don’t Regret A Mile.
“After the Last Suit album I was really left with no recording company. McCoury Music didn’t want another Larry Sparks album so I decided to go at it myself. I’ve recorded with different labels over the years, and was with Rebel Records for 25 years. I thought we were very good for each other, thanks to Dave Freeman.
I feel that in time I can do what any other recording company can do.”
Larry tells us that there are 10 tracks on the new album, with a mix of new songs and ones that have been part of his repertoire for years.
“I always like to record new material, and I have 6 new songs here. A couple I’ve recorded before – Jesus Walks Ahead Of Me and What Kind Of Man.
I also have some good writers – Connie Leigh, Doug Crabbe, Homer and Bruce Jackson, Marshall Warick, Greg Preece, Rusty Goodman, Buddy Cannon and Larry Shell. Ralph Stanley and I put together What Kind Of Man.”
The CD will be available soon on Larry’s web site, and will be marketed to large resellers through a national distributor. Smaller stores and wholesalers will be serviced directly though Sparks Music.
There are no audio samples up at this time, but we’ll post back when we find some. Should be a good’n!